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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 46.
- Review Date: 2006-10-16
- Reviewer: Staff
With a writing style best described as full-throttle rant, the host of the A&E reality show Big Spender reveals the naked truth about careers, the employer/employee relationship, management skills, productivity and pay. Declaring at the outset that "there will be parts of this book you won't like," while daring readers to continue, Winget (Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life) sets a high threshold for delivering a likable, useful book that will educate and promote behavioral changes. Yet he delivers. His brutal frankness about what's wrong with how businesses—big and small—operate offers a refreshing contrast to other career counseling and management books—even the gray area of ethics is delivered in black and white. In a section titled "What Happened to You?" he reminds readers of what it means to accept a job: "No work—no pay. No work—no job." Companies, as he repeatedly stresses, exist to make a profit, not to make their employees happy or feel fulfilled. Winget's advice is solid: delivering results is the most fulfilling career move one can make. (Jan.)
Get back to work
The title of Larry Winget's new book is a clue that he isn't your ordinary touchy-feely motivational speaker. It's Called Work for a Reason! Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault is a follow-up to the bestseller Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life. Starting to get the picture?
Winget, the self-described "pit bull of personal development," starts off by warning readers that parts of his book will make them mad, and sure enough, it's not a lot of fun to be called a slacker. But it's hard to argue with the logic that working hard and achieving great results will lead to greater success. His simple, no-holds-barred take on business is refreshingno sacred cow is left standingand his clear sense of personal integrity and ethics are a much needed refresher in today's business climate.
Stephanie Gerber is a marketing executive in Louisville.