Food tasters have a dangerous job–sampling food to make certain there’s no poison for the intended recipient. There’s no training, no second chances, and it’s got to make you wonder how the job interview went.
Book tasters think they have an equally dangerous job–sampling prose to make certain there aren’t any stray grammatical errors or an egregious use of adverbs (you should see their faces when they come across a mistake). Luckily, all it takes is a bookish mind, a hunger for ink-stained pages (or perfectly pixelated e-ink), and you can start now.
In the second of our Random Quotes from New Books series, we introduce our July 2011 books.
Elements of Influence: The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead by Terry R. Bacon
One of the most frequent strategies people use to try to influence others is to explain what they want and why they want it, or to simply tell others what they want. It’s a rational approach to influencing. When people offer an explanation, it can take two forms: It can be based on logical reasoning or on authority. (page 36)
Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach: Use Your Knowledge, Experience, and Intuition to Help Leaders Excel by Michael Frisch, Ph.D., Robert Lee, Ph.D., Karen L. Metzger, LCSW, Jeremy Robinson, MSW, MCC, and Judy Rosemarin, MS, LMSW
Senior leaders are apt to treat coaches as consultants, so mission creep needs to be monitored. Most leaders, however, really value a coach’s observations and perspectives as a counterbalance to the isolation of their executive roles. (page 165)
Improving Your Project Management Skills, Second Edition by Larry Richman, PMP
Perhaps your greatest challenge as a project manager will be to motivate individuals in an organization. All of your understanding, credibility, good intentions, and effort may fail to motivate anyone when the organizational context creates irresolvable demotivators. A corporate climate of poor pay, lack of recognition, long hours, faulty tools, impractical bureaucracy, misguided prioritization, intolerance, or unreasonable expectations can quickly defeat your best efforts. (page 151)
No matter what level if detail is covered in policies, procedures, and administrative manuals, situations always arise that require interpretations and decisions. To ensure consistency and to prepare information for later revisions, files of these interpretations and decisions need to be maintained and referred to at the appropriate times. (page 158)
So do you fancy more than a nibble?