Read Any Good Books Lately?

One of of the best parts of writing a blog is joining a community of bloggers and sharing ideas, opinions and sometimes games!  Today, Anita Bruzzese, blogger, columnist and author of 45 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy tagged me in what she calls a “new meme being passed around the blogosphere.”  

Anita describes the rules:

Find the book nearest to you, go to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence and then type the following three sentences. After that, you pass the message along to other people you want to bug… uh, get to contribute.

Anita’s contribution:
Of course, the book nearest me is my own, “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy…and How to Avoid Them”:

Anything that has a “those people kind of edge to it should be ommitted from your language in the workplace.  Speak up if there a problem. If you find something a coworker says is insenstive, take the person aside and calmly say, “You know, you’re giving all women a bad name when you make sweeping, derogatory comments about men.” Focus on the behavior, not the person. Calling someone a racist or a bigot won’t get you anywhere — it will just erect more barriers.”

My contribution:
I have been reading a soon-to be-released book by Tamara Erickson, published by Harvard Business Press – Retire Retirement:  Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation.  This optimistic book takes a look at opportunities and changes that may be coming to the workplace as boomers reach retirement age:

Request a lateral move.  Lateral moves are a particular subset of fresh assignments that allow you to develop new skill sets, thus providing even greater scope of experience, and enhance learning more, than a new assignment based on your existing skill set.  Ideally a transfer sideways would be based on some mix of new knowledge and existing strong capabilities. Expect options to move laterally to become more common; with the changing shape of the workforce, vertical promotions – advancement up the hierarchy – will occur less frequently.

Stay tuned for a full review of Erickson’s book on this blog!

I’m going to pass this game on to some friends at Secrets of the Job Hunt:

Chris Russel of Jobs In Pods, Phil Rosenberg of Recareered  and Sam Blum of Razume.

Please, join in!

Keppie Careers will help make your job search possible!


3 Responses to “Read Any Good Books Lately?”

  1. 1 Phil Rosenberg February 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    LOLOL, Thanks Miriam!

    From “Free Prize Inside” ….Seth Godin, p. 123

    “In a world filled with nondisclosure agreements, secret meeting and jealous inventors, it’s easy to believe that you need to spend a really long time searching before you find an idea worth building.

    David Owen proved this wrong once and for all. He runs a Web site called”

    Phil Rosenberg
    President, reCareered & Rainmakers Global

  2. 2 ggtennis February 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Okay, I’ll play Anita’s game…

    “Always be happy. When people are in a bad mood the last thing they want to do is hang around with happy people. A positive attitude is very important, but if you’re carrying that attitude around in a body that’s looking green around the gills, (and you’re not a frog or a fish), then it’s time to start getting in shape.”

  3. 3 ggtennis February 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Oh, by the way. For those interested, the book I just quoted is entitled “Before You Leap.” The author is one of life’s greatest philosophers and my personal favorite, Kermit The Frog. Really. Look it up on Amazon. 🙂

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