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A management book that succeeds in conveying its message in a breezy and informal style, You Don’t Need A Godfather: Create Your Own Success provides valuable insights on how to make your way and create an impact in your workplace.
Though categorized as a new age management book, You Don’t Need a Godfather: Create Your Own Success is fundamentally a book about life.
A smart and fun read, the book redefines the definition of success and explains in lucid terms how success is a lot more attainable than what most of us think. The book’s concept revolves around the notion that success is not about being your boss’s favorite - rather, success lies is challenging life’s obstacles.
The author singles out many ways in which people can pursue success in the workplace through some striking examples, and the book conveys this message in a peppy style using comic strips too. A conversational tone is maintained throughout, and one of the highlights is definitely the author’s interactions with seven-year old Agastya.
You Don’t Need a Godfather is divided into four sections - ‘I Make Me’, ‘It is Not So Commercial’, ‘Making It Happen’ and ‘Staying Sane, Staying Successful’. Each chapter has a review section that will help the reader summarize the theme, and these are provided mainly for the message to sink in.
About the Author
Elango R works as the Chief Human Resources Officer in a global tech company.
The conversational and reader-friendly approach that he incorporated in You Don’t Need a Godfather: Create Your Own Success was widely appreciated and labeled as his trademark writing style.
A passionate blogger, speaker and coach, Elango has a son, Agastya, and lives with his wife, Aarthi. He’s a popular columnist and writes for Economic Times, Wall Street Journal and People Matters.
Table Of Contents
Section I: I Make ME
Chapter 1: Appa! I Hate Ireland!
Chapter 2: Play to Fail
Chapter 3: YlPEE! Nobody is Watching Me
Section II: It is Not so Commonsensical
Chapter 4: Slit Chilies on the Rocks
Chapter 5: The Card Collector
Chapter 6: Gone in Sixty Seconds
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.
Chapter 12: Success Traps
|Publisher||Tata Mcgraw Hill Education Private Limited|
|Number of Pages||124 Pages|
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...
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!! :)
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.
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.
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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