Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book review - the startup of you

the startup of you

By Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn and VC to many other projects if you didn’t know)
and Ben Casnocha

This is how the book starts:  You were born an entrepreneur.  That's how it starts and it only gets better.

As Reid Hoffman writes, this isn’t a book about job hunting or resume writing or interviewing skills; rather this book is about mindsets and approaches and ways to think about working in the future.  Starting now.

The book’s chapters are outlined as follows:

Develop your competitive edge
Formulate a plan based on your competitive advantages
Build real, lasting relationships deploying them into a professional network
Find and create opportunities
Take intelligent risks
Tap into your network intelligence for help

If you approach your career as a startup, you are always in Beta, always on Day 1.  The stories and approaches are fabulous.  Equally as fantastic are the action items at the end of each chapter. Great, practical, no-nonsense kinds of things you/me/we should be doing every day/week/month.

Even with an awesome, amazing, and terrific job, I am following the recommendations in the book.  If not for me, to help someone else.

My favorite?  Look at the calendar for the past six months and identify the five people you spend the most time with – are you happy with the influence those five people are having on you?

The further reading section at the end of the book is a terrific collection of resources.

You want more? Of course you do. Visit thestartupofyou for all kinds of information, resources, and help.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not paid for this review.  Views and endorsement are my own.  That being said, this is a GREAT book.


PrettyRiot said...

This book is now on my to read list! I too work in HR. I love the tagline,"Because I work in HR andI don't have any real friends in the office." That, my friend, is wonderful (lol and unfortunately true for our kind).

Deirdre Honner said...

Thanks for stopping by! The book is great.

And yeah, few friends. ;)

Crack You Whip said...

Sounds like my type of book!