This week’s Resource Recommendation – Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business without Losing Your SelfBy Alan M. Webber
Among other things, Alan Weber has served as Editor of the Harvard Business Review and is the co-founder of Fast Company magazine. In this book he has taken his experiences from these roles and others (which admittedly have given him access to interesting situations and people), tied them together with his writing skills and created an easy-to-read collection of Rules of Thumb.
Early on he talks about a habit of collecting truths and ideas on 3×5 cards. He took the best of the ideas and insights on those cards and created this book. What it leads to is 52 somewhat random ideas, lessons and, yes, rules of thumb.
Some people love this type of book because each chapter varies, and it moves quickly. It provides bite-sized pieces that can be read in very short periods of time, whenever desired. However, if you prefer or are looking for a treatise on any of these topics, this style and this book won’t be as effective for you.
Overall, I liked the book (or I wouldn’t be recommending it to you, would I?). I found the value of the ideas varied – some were excellent (sorry there are no examples as I am writing this while traveling without the book), others less so, at least for me. Many of the examples and lessons are especially important and relevant if you are interested in starting up a business or are an entrepreneur – but there are MANY that are far broader in their application.
This is a book where you will find nuggets that will teach you, or remind you of, very important lessons to create the business and life you want to have.