Monday, December 27, 2010

Mojo: How to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it

Book Club... And Then Some!

Mojo: How to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it  


by Marshall Goldsmith

Book Review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D. 

“Mojo” is, “That positive spirit toward what we are doing now, that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.”

In this book, Goldsmith gives readers examples from both business and personal life.

There are four sections in the book: 1) You and your mojo, 2) The building blocks of mojo, 3) Your mojo tool kit, and 4) Connecting inside to outside.

The second section is the most theoretical of these four sections.

I found the third section most useful and practical.  In this section, Goldsmith discusses 14 tools that are both simple and profound: 1) Establish criteria that matter to you, 2) Find out where you are ‘living.’  3) Be the optimist in the room, 4) Take away one thing, 5) Rebuild one brick at a time, 6) Live your mission in the small moments, too, 7) Swim in the blue water, 8) When to stay, when to go, 9) Hello, good-bye, 10) Adopt a metrics system, 11) Reduce this number, 12) Influence up as well as down, 13) Name it, frame it, claim it, and 14) Give your friends a lifetime pass.

The book is clearly written and Goldsmith uses an accessible verbal style, the examples come often and are engaging, valuable, and to the point, the concrete recommendations and tools are solid and alone are worth the price of the book, the simple exercises for improving the workplace (both behavior and productivity) are key elements, and he offers anyone (not just those in business) who wants to be successful—anyone who wants to live a good and happy life—novel, useful, and valuable tools and lessons to achieve their life goals. 


This book is available from Mojo: How to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it.

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