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.
The accountant you hire to do your books may be a genius and a top grad from a renowned business school. But these attributes will hold little value if your star hire also swindles, cheats and lies. Your firm’s new salesperson may be able to charm and close prospects on the first call. But your colleagues will quickly tire of their new co-worker if he or she constantly demeans, belittles and berates everyone else in the office. Character counts for more than you realize. You can hire the most impressive, skillful, intelligent people, but if they lack character, you’re inviting trouble, extra expense and turnover. Bruce Weinstein, who uses the tag “The Ethics Guy,” discusses why character is so crucial in business. He lists the 10 key traits that distinguish “high-character employees” and teaches you how to spot character in job applicants. getAbstract recommends Weinstein’s pragmatic advice to CEOs, HR managers, small-business owners, and anyone who hires or fires or is seeking work.
About the Author
Bruce Weinstein – a guest on NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America and CNBC’s Fast Money – is head of The Ethics Guy, LLC, which helps firms hire and promote people of high character. He frequently discusses ethical issues on national talk shows.