|The Key to
By Steve Litt
You know that when it comes to your life, you're the one in the driver's seat. In spite of constant interference from the government, your employer, “society”, health insurance companies, wireless providers, clueless customers and users, and bungling tech support and repair people, you're in the driver's seat. That's the way you like it.
And you know it takes a special skillset to remain in control of your life: a skillset you've developed and keep improving. You know it's not enough to be good at your job. It would be nice if the world of technical employment were a meritocracy, but you long ago learned that's not how things are. So you formed skills to come out on top. And you keep honing those skills.
You'll like this book for two reasons. The first reason is that it gives you three new skills:
Scan and Exploit is what you use to think on your feet and come out on top in fast moving situations. If you've ever realized what you should have said at the meeting, ten minutes after the meeting ended, you know what I'm talking about.
The skill transfer process, and there are actually two of them in this book, enables you to watch someone doing an excellent job and adopt those distinctive actions that create his excellence, but also to apply those traits to a wide variety of tasks, not just the task you were observing. In other words, a short cut to excellence in a wide variety of tasks.
The Process Factory process is a way to quickly create personal processes to achieve consistant excellence on repeated tasks. You're already aware that having a process produces both speed and quality on repeated tasks. After reading this book, you'll know how to quickly make such processes for yourself (or for others, if you're a manager).
You'll use these skills to better negotiate and navigate business politics. You'll use them to make yourself look and perform smarter, faster and more competently. This can be the difference between being a skillful technologist and being a prosperous, sought after skillful technologist who writes his own ticket.
The second reason you'll like this book is its Discovery Fiction format. As the book's characters discover mindsets and techniques, you learn not only those mindsets and techniques, but why they work. And everyone loves fiction. Here's some feedback this book has garnered:
Readers like this book. You will too. You're doing a great job in the driver's seat. This book enables you to drive even better.