While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Do you ever think about the validity of the premises that underlie an issue? Do you wonder whether you need to view a problem from another angle? If you do, you’re probably acting and thinking like a rebel. As a “good rebel,” you step forward to tackle issues that threaten the future of your company. You face a challenging path and must learn to do things strategically in a way that helps you achieve your goals. Workplace strategists Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina offer a well-crafted manual for productive contrarians. getAbstract recommends their advice to rebels and to managers who want to know how to work with such thoughtful, passionate colleagues.
About the Authors
Lois Kelly works with companies to sell products and reach customers in innovative ways. Retired 31-year CIA employee Carmen Medina speaks and writes about new global directions in a range of areas, including the nature of work.