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Tim Sanders is the apostle of a special brand of empathy and enlightened self-interest that he sometimes refers to as "bizlove" -- a mode of caring that's personally gratifying as well as conducive to success in today's relationship-oriented business environment. Those of you who feel little chills of discomfort dance along your spine when the words "love" and "workplace" come into proximity should relax: Sanders isn't talking about the moony, self-indulgent, "we're all OK" attitude you're probably fearing. His ideas, nicely expressed in this short but pithy book, are for motivated people with the smarts to realize that achievements (and happiness) come much easier to those who've cultivated positive connections with their colleagues, clients, and employers. Like such authors as Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey, Sanders is concerned with the human factor -- the people skills, the networks, the little gestures of support, the fundamental attitudes -- that it takes to move any project or career forward. And if you're still feeling skeptical, consider for a moment the arc of Sanders's own career: In the space of a decade, he advanced from an unsatisfying sales job at a video-production studio to the position of chief solutions officer at Yahoo!, thanks largely to the "lovecat" philosophy he now generously shares with readers everywhere.
You may now be wondering exactly what it takes to show a little love when you land at your place of employment every weekday morning. Sanders succinctly defines business love as "the act of intelligently and sensibly sharing your intangibles with your bizpartners." The intangibles in question are your knowledge (Sanders is a truly passionate believer in the importance of educating yourself through reading), your network (the web of relationships that we're all continually spinning), and your compassion (the human ability to simply reach out to our fellow creatures). Used together, these three qualities "are the values that can drive your career to the top or over the top -- they'll take you wherever you want to go." Put most simply, Love Is the Killer App delivers the goods: It's an indispensable manual for anyone who wants to acquire the skills necessary for meaningful growth in the business world we all inhabit. Chances are you'll end up buying two copies -- one for yourself and one to pass along to a friend or coworker with whom you want to share your knowledge and your love. (Sunil Sharma)