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Book Recomendation: Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders

February 19th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Don’t let the mooshiness (my 6-year old assures me this is a real word) of the title fool you. This is not a naive, pie-in-the-sky utopian view of the workplace. This book has concrete, practical ways to help smart, nice people succeed.

I just finished this book on Friday and it has really charged me up. This book taught me that the way to differentiate myself, even in corporate IT, is by improving and sharing my intangibles. This is the ultimate message of the book: our intangibles are the things that really make us valuable.

Here’s how Tim defines intangibles: your knowledge, your network, and your compassion. By sharing them, we help those around us to be more successful and also open the door for improved opportunities for us.

Tim calls people who do this lovecats and you should be forewarned that silly words like “bizlove” are everywhere in this book. Don’t let that turn you off. This is an extremely practical guide to improving your influence. I walked away with several concrete things that I need to focus on and created a plan to do that.

Let me tell you about one of them: improving my knowledge. I’ve always been inclined to share my knowledge freely. It’s part of my personality. I try not to be a know-it-all, but I frequently fail. The thing that struck me as I listened to this book was this: while I have always been inclined to share knowledge, I have done very little in the years since I joined corporate IT to increase my knowledge. I’ve stopped reading, and it’s beginning to show. This book gave me a concrete guide that I have used to kick-start my reading program and get back on top of the learning curve.

If your career has gone stale, you should read this book. If you’re already a lovecat, read it anyway! It’s a short read and it might point out some things you need to improve.

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  • 1 Henry // Mar 13, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    Great book, read it about 6 months ago. Other recomendations if you haven’t read them – Never Eat Alone by Kieth Ferrazzi, The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

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