Saturday, October 29, 2011

Project Social: Rise (Nothing to do with Zombies)

I admit it, blogging has taken a backseat to paid work since I returned from maternity leave but I still meet  regularly with my Project Social buddy Dave to talk about posts we would write if we (I) had more time. 

Having said that, this week we not only decided to write something but to do something completely new and cutting edge: A book review! Don't miss Dave's review over at HR Official or Lyn's at the HR Bacon Hut

And if anyone else would like to join the book review party train drop us a line and we'll link to you.  We're very social.

My book is Rise by Patty Azzarello, which is the best book of its kind I have read so far.  What kind of book is it, you ask?  It's book about setting and meeting professional goals and what you need to know to get ahead.

I don't actually read many books like this.  I mean, I would but then I'd have less time to read science fiction.  Plus it feels so just out of grad school.  But Patty's newsletter, which I subscribe to, is so well-written and useful that I decided to read her book as well. 

Why is the book so good?  It has a lot to do with Patty herself, such as her conversational tone, crisp prose and vast corporate experience.  But it also has to do with the numerous practical tips and examples she provides throughout the book for doing better work, getting noticed and getting ahead.

They say that those who can't, teach but occasionally, those who can, teach and then you want to pay attention.  This is one of those times.  Patty has actually done all the stuff she recommends and it worked and in Rise she shares her secrets with wisdom and humor.

Seriously.  This is the book I'd like to have written if I'd been promoted to GM of a big multinational company at the age of 33 and gone on to become a CEO.  And I don't just say that about every book.

Mind you, I don't aspire to the C-level.  I admit that there are a few mothers of three out there who have made it to the corner office but they're so rare they get invited to speak at TED about their amazing nannies success secrets.  So you might say I'm not exactly the target audience for a book of this kind.

But you'd be wrong because Rise isn't just for would be executives.  It's a practical guide for anyone who wants to raise their game and get their work noticed instead of toiling in obscurity.  We can all use that, right?

Imagine you could have lunch with a wise, seasoned executive of your choice in an expansive mood.  Rise is like a pocket mentor.

Read this book.  You will like Patty and wish you knew her personally.  You will instantly start thinking more strategically about how you work and feel more in charge of your life. 

As an added bonus, you will finally understand why new executives need to re-organize everything. 


  1. Sometimes you are so cynical - you should do a guest post over at the Cynical Girl. I am going out on a limb here - just because you said it is a good book I am going to cue it up next, if I can pick it up on Amazon for a few bucks. Lord knows I need the self help!

    Maybe some day you make it to the C-Suite - you never know! Keep the faith!

  2. Wait a minute. THIS is the post you found cynical? Really?? But I'm glad you're buying the book and hope you like it as much as I did.

  3. Hi Laura,
    Allow me to leave the weirdest comment anyone has probably left here. First off though, I love Patty's blog - her insights are so intelligent and practical, I'm sure her book is great.
    The weird comment: I had a dream last night that you were a researcher studying mice. We were on a team together and wore lab coats, there was cheese, a mousetrap, and we all had to give a short speech. Toastmasters came up, and you spoke about the beach.
    I don't know you personally, but I guess your blog has made a big impression on me. Ha!

  4. Hmmn... While I don't personally research mice, I do occasionally affect a white lab coat and can also speak at length on any random topic. I've probably been channeling this through my blog somehow.

  5. Just an optimist who's gone a little cynical?

    Great post!


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