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! Book Review (Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Without Blowing it)

Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing ItBrag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this book because its unconventional and direct way of delivering ideas. Its structures are clearly divided by points and followed by explanations. What’s more about it is that for me, this book really match with The Dip by Seth Godin. While The Dip intelligently describe how we can achieve our goals and going through the bad times with persistence, it somehow pass an important point of how can we enter into the road that leads to our goals. Brag! is all about leveraging your capability to enter the path of your dreams.

The book turns up side down the conventional notion of bragging and by calling “Bragging is an art” and pointing vital phenomenon that the 21 century workplace is no longer a safe and secure haven for anyone or any career because job security is virtually non existent.

The motto of this book is that if you don’t speak up yourself then who will? The idea lies in bringing out a new paradigm in which we are the product, nevertheless of where we work and how long we have already work, we are a product for employer. Therefore, the goal is for us to create the most valuable product that worth to be offered.

What I like about this book is the so called Myth of bragging. It really open up a whole new horizon about what bragging truly is. In the book it is presented 7 point on the Myth of bragging. Of all of those points, number 1 and 4 are what gets me excited about learning to brag because I have done exactly these myth and now that I know that, I can change.

1: a job well done speak for itself
2: i don’t have to brag people will do it for me.

What I don’t like about this book is the assumption that introvert is the same as shyness. Because bragging is not just for an extrovert, but for all. In fact, the best performers are often an introvert and as Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly remind us, performance and introversion could go along really well.

A last note about this book will be besides learning the art of bragging, it also gives a resourceful tips for those who struggle with performance review and and will help with tips for those who need to pass job interview.

Related Book:
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to QuitSeth Godin

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To get to know about who is Peggy Klaus (The Author):

Understand Others through Understanding Ourselves: The Power of Personality Psychology

Human is not without conflict. It is because human is a social creatures and the need for communication is enormous. I am not someone who actually have an expertise in psychology. But to know that understanding of this unique field that explore human behavior could immensely contribute subconsciously to the way we are living our lives, the way we deal with problem, the way we solve conflict, the way we perceive others and finally the way we see ourselves.

Let alone the seemingly never ending conflict of two world of introvert and extrovert. One could get fired just because extrovert boss do not understand their subordinate introvert by thinking that he do not like to work with him because he seems not friendly and outgoing. The impact of realizing the existence of different personality could better clear the unspoken expression of human nature.

A person next to me do not think like I do, but it doesn’t mean that he is wrong.

As a regular person who is not an expert in psychology, I find out learning about some of personal psychology model substantially changed the way I see the surrounding in a good manner. There are a vast array of personality models, but here, I would like to share only some personal psychology models that I use and which I found practically useful.

4 –Quadrant Personality Models

A practical use is 4 quadrant model which comprises several models. The famous among 4 quadrant model that is for me really helpful are Human Nature Model, DISC, Merrill Reid Model.

The function of this model as I benefit from it is that we can look at how we or other persons around us base on their driven nature.

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This model is undeniably famous in business, whether to screen potential employee, in education, or for development of current employee. It really is useful in many circumstances to better understand us and our team partners in terms of their behavior.

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Another complementary of DISC model is Merrill Reid model which focus more toward social styles or how people actually behave or act. Unlike the previous one which concentrate somehow more inner being of a person, this is really concentrate on the act the a person does. It is helpful to know this model to be able to read your team partners and their favorite acts as to use them fully in the fields that they most enjoyable in doing it.

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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a more complex model but also useful in addition to the previous model. It is about how people perceive the world and make decisions. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. However, I really find that the 4 quadrant concepts are all rather simple to be applied as it is not too complex and really focus on being use more toward working with others.

Without the existence of these models to help us understand others and to learn to see the other person’s behavior from a different set of eyes, there will be many misunderstanding among people. Too often we view other people from our own eyes and our own frame of reference. The key to success is to understand there are many ways to approach work and they are all effective. Each of us has a preference for an approach that works best for us individually without regard for what will work best for another person. But actually in believing that our way is the best without understanding other persons perspective will only destroy team performance.

Office Productivity : Decrease Workload by Increasing Skillset

If you are one of many people that works as office worker, despite of what department you are placed and what specialization you have as your responsibility, people spend a lot of times more with their computer compare to physical works. Most of the time, we will spend those time dealing with creating report or summary in our computer. Many times we get frustrated by the workload of editing, creating report, compiling, choosing what visual method is better to represent the data on hand.

One of many way out is to compress the duration of our work by improving how we work with the software. Here, I will present some best sources for improving Microsoft Excel skills ranging from easy, medium, hard, until VBA.

  • MSDN : The first and official sources for excel is from the maker itself. Microsoft has Microsoft Developer Network with tons of useful sources and experts gathering together and discuss lots of things about excel. This is a good source for those who want to get an introduction to excel as well as advance user. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905411)
  • ExcelIsfun : Some people just feels overwhelm by the many information presented inside MSDN. For a beginner and those who learns better by visual, Excelisfun is a great source. Excelisfun is a really good step to get into excel as it really guides user to increase their excel skills with tons of videos.  Additionally, the videos also accompanied by worksheets containing blank exercises worksheets and also answered worksheets so that you can really learn step by step and get familiar with the content being teaches.    (https://people.highline.edu/mgirvin/ExcelIsFun.htm)

 

  • Mr.Excel : For a more interactive and community based learning, Mr.Excel is really a place that you should be in. The forum gives a resourceful solution almost to most of the problems you can have in daily excel tasks. A community of practical experts which have huge passions will not only provides you with answers to a particular problem, but will lead you to love excel more than you could think of. (http://www.mrexcel.com/)

Personally, I use all three of them because each one of them really have something to offer to make your office task faster, more compelling and gives you more freedom to do more.