Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review of "The Compass Solution" by Tim Cole - A Guide To Winning Your Career

Author Tim Cole offers "The Compass Solution" as a way of sharing lessons he has learned in over three decades working as an executive and leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He uses many excellent examples and vignettes to bring to life the central theme of the book: that there are four major compass points in any successful career. They are:

  • Personal Accountability
  • People
  • Process
  • Perspective

Later in the book, he elaborates on three keys that will allow an individual to accelerate career growth and productivity. He calls these three elements the "Key Chain":

  • Leadership 
  • Communication
  • Learning

He writes, not as one sharing hypothetical concepts, but as one who has weathered the storm of numerous downsizings, mergers, and acquisitions in his thirty-seven years of building a career for himself.

Early in the book, he outlines his view of how this all comes together.

"Think of it this way. There will always be just you, the people around you, the world that surrounds you, and how you interpret each.  In the context of the opening of this book, there will always be - 
You - the hiker (Personal accountability)
Your fellow hikers (People)
The mountain and its nuances - weather,topography, etc. (Process)
How you choose to look at the above three points (Perspective)

Sounds simple, doesn't it?

It's not! "(page 7)

This book is valuable no matter where you may be on your journey to building a satisfying career.

In simple language and deep truth, "The Compass Solution" provides an important series of vantage points from which to view one's career and life outside of work.




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