In the new economy you are in charge of your own career. You have more opportunities than ever before, but in order to take full advantage of them you must learn a vital new skill-personal innovation. Innervation shows you how to master this essential skill and thrive in a world of continuous change.Momentum books are for people who want to make things happen in their career and their life, who want to work at something they enjoy and that's worthy of their talent and their time. Momentum people have values and ...
In the new economy you are in charge of your own career. You have more opportunities than ever before, but in order to take full advantage of them you must learn a vital new skill-personal innovation. Innervation shows you how to master this essential skill and thrive in a world of continuous change.Momentum books are for people who want to make things happen in their career and their life, who want to work at something they enjoy and that's worthy of their talent and their time. Momentum people have values and principles. They question who they are and what they do. Wherever they work, they want to feel that what they do has meaning.
British author and consultant Browning (Double Your Salary, Bonk Your Boss, Go Home Early) here offers a workplace manifesto for the New Economy. Browning's observations of modern office culture are trenchant, and he infuses his project with plenty of humor and offbeat sensibility. But it's a challenge to figure out what this book is trying to be, with its bizarre structure and uber-hip pretensions. Ultimately, the author seems to aim towards an explanation of how to "make a success of life in the new economy and be happy at the same time." And so he skips energetically between subjects like dealing with "bastards," branding yourself, managing your boss, behaving at company meetings and even eating grapefruit for breakfast. Technology is indeed changing the way we work and interact, and any advice for career reinvention is always a popular topic. But to achieve that total personal redesign, readers might need a bit more than this quirky guide. (Apr.1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The "Momentum" series, first published in the U.K. and introduced to U.S. audiences last September with Happy Mondays, Change Activist, Lead Yourself, and The Big Difference, is back with another round of attractive, oversized paperbacks. While its exterior remains bold and trendy, the content is less hip but for the most part frank and humorous. Written by professionals in the field (mostly business consultants), the books feature an accessible, user-friendly format; concise, pithy text; and a plethora of text boxes and diagrams. Their lucid writing and clear organization make them good purchases for large public and academic libraries, as well as school libraries. Arguing that one must root out antediluvian concepts of how business works to position oneself for success, Browning's Innervation focuses on self-improvement and how to reinvent oneself and sharpen creativity. Grant and Greene's more scientific Coach Yourself provides a mixture of grounded text, anecdotal evidence, some jargon, and clearly defined exercises to offer a breakdown of the often frightening process of change and to provide realistic advice on how to take initiative in business as well as one's personal life. In the less-focused Grow Your Personal Capital, Owen shows how to apply what we know and who we know to make the most of our "personal capital." A lot of ground is covered here, albeit a bit superficially, from optimizing self-knowledge and finding an appropriate learning style to integrating spirituality and values into everyday life. Finally, the well-structured and lucidly written Snap, Crackle or Stop, although defined by Quinn as inspirational, is nothing short of a self-help book. The argument here is that if you are unhappy with your career, you should take a serious look at the options and simply make up your mind. The key component of this process is a step-by-step evaluation of the alternatives. This book is rich with clear exercises and anecdotes. [The final four titles-Clued Up, Reinvent Yourself, Managing Brand Me, and Float You-will come out later this summer. For more information on the series visit www.yourmomentum.com.-Ed.] Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.