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You Don't Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success is a smart and fun book that provides practical wisdom on how to have more control over one’s career in order to become successful.

Summary Of The Book

You Don’t Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success, published in 2012, is a management book that helps readers become successful in their professional lives. The author says that becoming successful is not as impossible as most people think. The book also illustrates that Godfather refers to the things that we look at for advancing in our careers and our personal lives, like one’s boss, reading the lines on one’s palms, or the alignment of the planets and stars. Instead of focusing on these, it is much better to take control of one’s own self. Challenging life’s obstacles will help individuals climb up the ladder of success, rather than trying to be the boss’s favourite.

You Don’t Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success is divided into four sections. I Make Me consists of three chapters, which includes Appa! I Hate Ireland! This is the story of how Agastya, the author’s seven year old son, watches a cricket match between India and Ireland, and declares that he hates Ireland because they took Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket. The second section is titled It Is Not So Commonsensical, and has chapters like Gone in Sixty Seconds, and Slit Chilies On The Rocks. This is followed by sections, Making It Happen and Staying Sane, Staying Successful. Chapter reviews have been incorporated at the end of each chapter, along with comic strips. The author has filled the book with real time case studies and striking examples, thereby helping readers comprehend each workplace situation.

You Don’t Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success uses humour, a tinge of sarcasm, and jargon free language to convey its message. The author encourages readers to turn constraints into opportunities, and to make a name for themselves. This new age management pocket guide is No 2. on the Hindu Business Line’s Top 10 Management Books, and is third on the Indian Express Management Best Seller list.

About Elango R

Elango R is an Indian author, columnist, speaker, blogger, coach, and the Chief Human Resources Officer for MphasiS.

Elango was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Bank of America’s offshoring unit in India, and he has also worked with The Raheja Group, Quality Inns India, and The UB Group. He has experience and knowledge on a range of industries including manufacturing, banking, hospitality, IT, and others. Elango has been mentoring and coaching both newbies and leaders of the corporate world. He writes columns for the Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, and People Matters. The author lives with his wife and son in Bangalore.

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Table of Contents

Table Of Contents

Introduction
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Section I: I Make ME

Chapter 1: Appa! I Hate Ireland!

Reality Bites: The BJP Story
Chapter 2: Play to Fail

Reality Bites: Pradeep's Badge of Honor
Chapter 3: YlPEE! Nobody is Watching Me

Reality Bites: Silly Ways to Lose Your Job
Section II: It is Not so Commonsensical

Chapter 4: Slit Chilies on the Rocks

Reality Bites: Brand Dip Test
Chapter 5: The Card Collector

Reality Bites: 'Social' Acceptance
Chapter 6: Gone in Sixty Seconds

Reality Bites: The `Ha-Ha' After the 'Au-Ha'
Section III: Making it Happen

Chapter 7: Walk Like a Baby
Chapter 8: Yes Sir, Yes Sir, Three Bags Full of Bitterness and Busy Weekends
Chapter 9: A Twist in the Tale - the 'And' Factor

Section IV: Staying Sane, Staying Successful

Chapter 10: Monkey that Ate Ginger
Chapter 11: Managing Monster inc ... or R.I.P.

Reality Bites: What your boss will never tell you ... but you need to know
Chapter 12: Success Traps

And Back to ...
The Beginning

Specifications of You Don't Need A Godfather: Create your Own Success 1st Edition (Paperback)

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Author Elango R.
Book Details
Publisher Tata Mcgraw Hill Education Private Limited
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9781259002816
ISBN-10 1259002810
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 124 Pages
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Not a management book! A pocket guide to Life

The viral flu is strange: on the on hand it makes you sooo tired, you just want to sleep, sleep and sleep. And when you try to sleep... sleep becomes close to impossible! Tossing and Turing,my weary eyes landed on this pocket book that read ' you don't need a God father : Create your own Success' Awesome! An another self help book... I was sure I would be asleep in the next 10 minutes.

I completed the book in 90 minutes. And no! this was not skim reading.. it is impossible to skim read this book.. that is how light and lucid the narration is. Some of the interesting features:

•Delightful comic strips to add flavor to the peppy narrative.
•Reality bytes : real life examples to reinforce and reiterate
the theory elaborated
•Memory bytes that summarize each chapter and ensure we take
some time to reflect on the themes.

I see a lot of reviews branding this book as a management book. I DISAGREE. This book is a guide to situations and challenges so common in the saga called life. After the read, I realized, i have been suffering from the 'I hate Ireland Syndrome' for the last 24 years of my existence!! I have heard a zillion motivational speakers say 'It's ok to make mistakes!, It's ok to fail' I always used to trash them saying.. yea! rite.. easy for you to say. But after i was done with chapter two, I saw failure in a new light. And I think this is what fundamentally is the success of this book - it is powerfully convincing and you almost feel a personal bond with the characters and incidents.

As I reached page 108, I felt I was saying goodbye to a whole bunch of people I knew...

Kudos to you Elango, but the star definitely
is Little Agastya... after all "From the mouths of babes and sucklings come wisdom!"

MY RATING : Must read! Go get yourself a copy

PS: I am still trying to sleep...



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26 January 12
It's for anyone!

This book celebrates success and the fact that it’s actually a lot more attainable than most of us think it to be.

Because success isn’t just being the boss’s favourite or getting the best assignments, it’s also about yourself and contfronting larger challenges. And anyone can be successful.

You don’t need a Godfather is a book, that for me, primarily, was fun to read. Quick, smart and funny.
And there’s a lot to learn.
Not just for a corporate career person or for someone who loves reading. For anyone.

Even someone like me and I’m a 17 year old student.

The book is light, refreshing and peppered with cartoons, featuring the author and his son, Agastya, who he calls his 'Little Guru'. Interesting analogies, anecdotes and examples make this book a really great read!! :)

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24 January 12
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You Don't Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success

Ordered this book with lot of enthusiasm, expecting it would offer many new things for learning. However, found it very boring with nothing fresh and new to to offer. Most of the things are known and few things one can get from the code of business ethics (the manual of your company). It is overly priced, not worth 250 INR(without discounting). Ideal price should be 50-60 INR. The TCS Story by Ramadurai is much better and offers lots of concepts which would be useful in day to day managerial work.

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21 January 12
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A practical guide book to rookie as well as seasonal managers

I teach in one of management schools. Most of the time I cite umpteen number of examples to give practical perspective of business environment and oragisational behavior to my students. In the process I had asked my students to refer a few general books to read so that they will get few insights into the corporate life.

I can proudly ask them to read this book before stepping out of the college and before entering into the corporate world. This is a book which is written by a person, who struggled in initial days to find a niche for himself and learned his lessons by hard ways. He never stopped at his achievement but decided help others who always blamed everything and everyone but themselves for their failures.

A must read for all those people who dream to make it big but never step out of their comfort zone.

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17 January 12
Read it twice and planning to gift it to my friends

Wow!! Never realized that this book will get me to write a review. This is my first review in Flipkart. I had several take aways from this book. How to take ownsership, How to create a brand for myself, How not to fall into success traps and many more. All told in simple language with great life stories. The last chapter summarizes the book so well that I plan to keep referring to it on a regular basis. Great read for people who have a team and for those who quickly want to manage one. I am planning to buy some more copies and gift it to my team and friends.

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