on April 3, 2012 :
I am enjoying this book. While I look forward to applying these rules in my work as a Test Lead, I think they will also help in my interactions with consultants in my workplace.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 13, 2012 :
This is a very thought provoking book written in a humorous style. It may leave you with more questions about the subject than you previously had though.
I only wish I have read it before I tried to be a consultant myself. Also the Kindle edition of the book is has no formatting whatsoever - just plain text. At least hyperlinks between the chapters and rules might aid reading enormously.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Carlos Méndez Abonjo
on Oct. 10, 2011 :
For me, a recently started consultant, this book provides a font of knowledge and experience very useful. As it is says in the book, the book itself is a kind of a consultant in paper.
The only bad aspect was the poor format of the e-book edition.This should be revised in the future.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on April 4, 2011 :
In contrast to many other books with promising titles such as "how to XYZ in 21 days" or "Succeeding with XYZ", this book really does stand up to the promise of providing the "Secrets of consulting" (or at least some of them).
Chapter after chapter Jerry Weinberg unveils the principles and truths behind being a successful consultant. He does this in a humorous and appealing ways, using stories and examples from multiple domains, making this book not only informative and educational, but also a fun experience for the reader.
Since the very beginning of this book, I got a feeling that I could trust what the writer sais (writes), and as I continued to read on, This trust had increased more, even when some of things written are a hard to implement and require self discipline and character, I do believe that by following the principles offered I can (and will) be a better consultant and of a better service to my customers. I could already detect myself using some of the stuff without deliberate intention.
I would claim that this book is a must have in every consultant's library.
The only regret I have about reading this book, is that I haven’t done it 5 years ago.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on Feb. 24, 2011 :
Not being a native English speaker, sometimes I find it hard to motivate myself to read books in English (except for educational materials required for my professional development). However, this book had been continuously recommended by my most trusted friends, so I decided it is worth making an effort -- and never regretted.
First, it is one of the most in-depth and comprehensive books on psychology of consulting written by non-psychologists.
The exquisite art of giving out advice, while respecting the decision maker's sensitive ego and fragile self-esteem, is almost extinct nowadays. The ability to accept advice without anxiety or offense and apply it effectively is also a rare talent. Under these conditions, consulting becomes a misused and undervalued marginal practice.
As a client:
- Have you ever quietly stewed, as those smarty pants claimed that they can teach you how to manage the problems which had plagued your business or your life for many years?
- Have you ever envied those megabucks the consultants get just for blabbering and giving out commonsense advice?
- Have you ever thought their hourly pay is a racket, because under such conditions they are not interested in solving clients' problems?
As a consultant:
- Have you ever waken up in cold sweat screaming: "OMG, everything is wrong! My whole life is one big mistake!"?
- Or have you ever wanted to see your clients as a captive audience, forcefully esposed to all that good, wealth and happiness you intended to bring them?
This book will lighten your burden, really. It will be helpful and inspiring for those new to consulting, but also will cheer up and comfort the experienced consultants.
Second, this book provides handy framework for thinking about consulting and your own role in it, your personal input, achievements, failures, expectations and so on, as a complex system. Thus, it enables further re-evaluation of personal experience and the exploration of new ways to apply it to your consulting practice.
Third, I certainly cannot overlook an important bonus: this book seemed very kind and funny for me. I dont't know whether it is a benefit worth mentioning, but this book left me in a much better mood, yeah.
Finally, to those studying English as a foreign language -- tons of nice idioms served in a comprehensible context are awaiting you in this book!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2010 :
This is a wonderful book. The paperback version has been a valuable resource for many years. However, I was disappointed in the unpolished nature of the epub version. I hope the shortcomings (e.g. Table of Contents starts at Chapter 5, headings throughout the text are not formatted properly) are corrected and a revised epub version is reissued soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 29, 2010 :
I love this book for so many reasons not related to consulting. I think it's a fantastic book on the secrets of effective communication, tips and tricks when trying to complete a task with another human being and on just being a better human.. I think everyone should read this book. I've given it to people in many different fields, some having nothing to do with software, consulting etc. It's a must have in any library!
(reviewed the day of purchase)