Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: Growing @ the Speed of Change by Jim Clemmer

Growing @ the Speed of Change builds upon many of the personal growth and self-leadership concepts Jim introduced in Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success. As with Growing the Distance, he's added inspirational stories, personal and Client examples, fables, and humor to enliven and simplify what can be dry research or complex concepts. But what’s especially exciting and different about Growing @ the Speed of Change are the hundreds of practical action ideas that make this book “inspir-actional.” "Inspir-actional?" No, it's not a typo. This is a book that will inspire you, and then give you the plans you need to take action. Those are the two main sections – and objectives – of this book. Here are some other features that will make this book a unique and treasured addition to your library:

  • “Browser’s digest” or magazine-style format with three main streams.
  • Condensed sidebars with stories, fables, “wise words,” or how-to points.
  • Classical or modern quotations summarizing or underscoring the key message of the section or sidebar.
  • “Edutaining” conversational style with liberal doses of humor and personal stories.
  • Dozens of how-to practical applications to move you from inspiration to application.
  • “To Keep You Growing” section at the end of each chapter links to dozens of articles, books, workbooks, and websites so you can dig deeper.
  • Over 150 footnotes of all quotations, studies, and references that can be used for further study.
These are all approaches designed to make Growing @ the Speed of Change a quick read, for our fast-moving society. Whether you keep this book in a boardroom or a bathroom I hope you keep it close at hand and that any page you flip, will offer you a practical quick hit. Wherever you skim it, you'll be "flush" with success.

Received from the author for review.

This one gets four stars. It was quite readable with a great flow. The short chapters were each about the length of a magazine article which made them great for reading a little at a time. The double column format was a bit distracting initially, but it grew on me. Overall it was positive and amusing and even had a nice, well described section on quantum physics! The nice personal anecdotes really helped to illustrate the personal and professional application of the tools. I found it to be very much like The Secret for business.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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