Sunday, March 13, 2005

Get the best out of your job experience

Don Blohowiak highlights Marcus Buckingham's ideas about exceptional managers, saying that great managers "must know three things about a person: his strengths, the triggers that activate those strengths, and how he learns."

This is true of happy employees, too. Once you know your strengths, the triggers of those strengths and your learning style, you then have the tools to make the most of your career and can pursue the things that will make you happiest.
Carpe diem!

"Good Grief" pulls me down into the mire

In an effort to read more fiction and relax a little more, I took up Amazon on a recommendation for a book called Good Grief by Holly Winston. Although I normally don't pick up hardcovers unless the book is a classic, I thought I'd try this one, which got high ratings from all the "reviewers" on the Amazon site.

I read the book in a day, when I was feeling under the weather and needed a good escape read. Perhaps I should have read it when I was feeling better, because I felt the main character's pain acutely when she was paralyzed by the grief of her husband's death and suffered a lot of repercussions thereafter.

Part of her "rescue" was to leave the shallow, materialistic community of Silicon Valley and escape to a nice, rural community in Oregon. Never mind that those of us who live in those nice (very boring) rural areas long for the convenience of places like Silicon Valley. To me, her happy ending wasn't all that appealing, though I admired how she learned to follow her passion instead of just slugging away in a job she didn't like.

All in all, it was an empathetically told tale (perhaps too much so?). Read it when you're ready for a good cry, and you'll enjoy it!