’This book is a concise, uplifting and quick read.’
Title: Stuff I wish I’d known when I started working
Author: Fergus O’Connell
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt
What was it like?
The author is an entrepreneur who writes succinctly about the highs and lows of his business life. The idea behind the book was to share ideas on areas he believes would have had made a real impact and reduce the amount of time he wasted if he had known about them when he started work aged 19. Each chapter is short and focuses on a particular subject with the intention that it can be dipped in an out of rather than read from cover-to-cover in one go, this works well as the chapters are short, logical and easy to read
What were the highlights?
There are 24 concise chapters in which the text is broken up with quotes and bullet points. The tone of the book is uplifting and friendly and the author makes it easy to relate to topics he is discussing. Throughout the book there are inspiring quotes, words of wisdom and extracts from speeches given by leaders of industry, politicians and others who have found great success. There is also a great deal of practical advice garnered from his years of experience
Strengths & weaknesses:
While the focus of this book is heavily on the business world there are some really useful chapters for those in the NHS. The section on email should be circulated globally (if it wasn’t against the principle of ”How to kick the email habit”) as it highlights how irrelevant most emails are and how unproductive they make the work environment. The chapter on meetings takes a similar tone pointing out that most are unproductive and offering a concise, structured approach to holding an effective one.
Who should read it?
This book is a concise, uplifting and quick read. The sections regarding time management and personal communications are irreverent, entertaining and very relevant to anyone swamped by management jargon. It is full of common sense but written in a non-patronising manner and extremely accessible style. It should be read by employees and managers, particularly those with the urge to call a meeting or drop everyone an email.
Stuff I wish I’d known when I started working