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Your Signature Work: Creating Excellence and…

Your Signature Work: Creating Excellence and Influencing Others at Work

by Dianna Booher

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This book uses an extended metaphor of a basketball game to portray principles in the workplace. It says that no knowledge of basketball is needed, but that was not true: I got quite bogged down in odd terms such as 'scrimmage' or 'double dribbling', and even more mystified at the glorification of team sports, and the idea that winning (in the sense of making others lose) was seen as a good thing.

Nor could I really relate to the business examples: the back of the book talks about the signature of writers and artists, but that seems to be the sole reference to creative types. The majority of the book is telling people how to get on in business by standing out - mostly in very obvious ways such as being honest, being a peacemaker, eliminating the unnecessary, admitting to faults.

There are - from time to time - Bible examples and passages, but rather than looking at them in any detail, the author seems to have selected ones that fit with her themes; not every chapter has one at all. They felt as if they were put in to try to make a point, in a way that will irritate Christians and non-Christians alike.

Even if I had been a fan of organised sport and understood basketball, I can't see how there was anything new in this book, unless of coure it's true (as was apparently implied) that most businesspeople are naturally aggressive, dishonest and slow.

Not recommended. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Your Signature Work expands on the concept of doing your personal best at work so that it reflects your goals, values, beliefs, and faith. As you strive for excellence, you'll influence others in your workplace. Dianna says that even if you feel trapped in a dissatisfying job or a seemingly insignificant career, your work matters to God, and your attitude can make all the difference in how you view your job. When you do find your true calling, your work will be a source of satisfaction and fulfillment--and you will be proud to sign your name to it.

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