For A Select Crowd
As a current corporate director of human resources, I am on a continual quest for books on people management. That is, good books on people management. With this work by Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon I have found a book that is both good and fun to read.
In my role in HR, the majority of my work deals with the conflicts between people that hate each other. Its true. When we really boil down our human resources related issues, it usually involves two different `types that cannot get along. I noted these details in one chapter of my book, Wingtips with Spurs however Littman and Hershon have carried my observations to a more in-depth level.
While I applaud anyone that can pull off the `solo career, for the vast majority this is just not possible. In fact, even with a solo career, you will be faced with having to occasionally interact with Mr. Stumbling Block, Ms.Wrong Turn and Time Waster, Jr.
This book is primarily written for people that believe it would be best to work alone. I think this way of thinking is wrong on several levels but I fully understand the mindset. For those of us who must live in a normal society both inside and outside the corporate arena, Jerry Spences How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday offers an instructive read on how to get along with almost everyone. I have read all of the others by the Big Name authors and Spences book stands head and shoulders above them on actual practicality and usefulness. I also highly recommend Sylvia Lafairs great work in Dont Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success. If you decide it is better to get along with people rather than avoid them, either of these books will set you on the right path.
Again, I must say this is a good book and very fun way to spend the afternoon.
I hope you find this review helpful.
Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
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