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S. A. Felton
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First of all, I would like to compliment the writers of the 32 or so reviews I read of this book before I wrote mine. It was very interesting to read such a wide variety of mostly thoughtful reviews, mostly positive and a few negative. Honestly, I found the negative reviews more akin to some of my own thoughts, simply because I cannot agree with the "everything works out if you just have a positive attitude" slant of this book. I know of people who have refused to sell their ideals to the system, have tried to "follow their bliss," and have not succeeded, and I attribute this as much to the dog-eat-dog mentality of the business world as to their "negativity."
If you are a "mover and a shaker" who wants to find a meaningful way to channel your talents and energies, then I would highly recommend this book to you as inspiration. As other reviewers stated, the book does not delineate specific paths for finding meaning in your work. The author clearly assumes that the reader either has his/her own ideas on what work would be rewarding, and wrote the book to inspire the reader to "go for it" through many fine examples of both men and women who in some cases endured a lot of ups and downs to create the work environment they could love, and to their credit, an equitable work place for their employees. The stories in the book of people who sacrificed profit for employee benefits are very heartening, as are the stories of
people who sacrificed income for "spiritual" satisfaction in their work. And for those who do want help in finding such a path, the author has a web site and organization that might be useful, though it does appear that his service is limited to business leaders, not ordinary workers like most of us!
As others have written, I found myself very put off by the constant mention of what I will call the "H" word, Harvard. The author overuses it, along with the mention of other big name schools, as if he cannot give up the superiority of those institutions and those who attend them. If he had moderated his repetition of cases related to "big-name" schools, along with the glee over the "success" of the people depicted, I would have found the book much more likeable.
To write a book such as this an author would clearly have to question some of what constitutes "success" in the world, yet Mr. Albion neither questions nor seems to have a problem with some of the ridiculous excesses of capitalism, i.e., the compulsion to be "successful," along with the manic busy-ness of so many people, which somehow automatically equates to self-importance and self-worth. Over and over again the people depicted in the book are workaholics who probably have no time to question any of what I consider to be (at least partially) some of the fallacious underpinings of capitalism and busy-ness. However, to each is own, I get worth from questioning, and others derive it from being busy all the time.
I agree with the reviewers who found the quotes by famous, successful people, which are offset in bold on practically every page of the book, to be "too much" and distracting, yet what I found expedient was to ignore them as much as possible the first time I read the book, and then while skimming the book a second time concentrate on them. I found this quite rewarding and I even made a list of many pithy quotes I liked, and I appreciate the research the author did to compile such a useful list. Indeed these often inspiring quotes are as if a book within a book, and best of all, almost all of the people quoted themselves went against the tide to create their own meaning and "success" in life.
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...The author's introduction to the whole book was a long-winded story about his own coming of age wherein he describes how his mother's bout with cancer prompted him to quit his job as a Harvard professor, give up the self-centered pursuit of "fame, power, and money" and adopt a life of "service." While his mother is evidently a real heroine, Albion himself seems to be getting a lot of mileage out of HER tragedy and triumph. It is the worst kind of narcissism to distort her story into his story.
And narcissism is at the heart of this entire book, so deeply rooted in this author's psyche that it distorts everything he says about himself and overshadows the worthy people he profiles.
He said he was a professor for 20 years (and not just a professor, but a "wunderkind" at "Harvard") and that he left Harvard in 1988. The truth is that the 20 years includes his years as an undergraduate and graduate student, which means he was a professor for no more than 12 years. Moreover, if he really left this world of prestige behind, then why does he continue to hawk himself as a wunderkind Harvard professor? Obviously, his ego cannot let it go, even after 14 years!
He said he gave up "fame, power, and money" for a life of "service" (whatever that means). Yet he brags about being a millionaire entrepreneur before his big "crisis". So did he give up his millions like Gandhi would have done? No. Gee, must be tough to "serve" others for ten years or so when you've got a couple million in the bank. And when the money starts to run out, you just write a book about how great you are and up your consulting fees.
Yes, he seems to have come full-circle in that his profile boasts that he "commands $6,000 a day" for his consulting to "Fortune 500" corporations. I've read hundreds of profiles of consultants and authors who earn that much and more as management gurus, yet none has ever bragged about the fees in public. Sounds like he hasn't changed all that much.
He claims to have co-founded Students for Responsible Business. But that organization claims to have been founded by hundreds of (you guessed it) students. Not this guy. He was probably just one of those self-proclaimed leaders preaching to the students to "do what I say, not what I do."
He says that BusinessWeek proclaimed him the "savior of B-school souls" in recognition of this "service" to the world and his many prior acknowledgments (you remember, Reagan, Theresa, world leaders). In fact, the article in question had a caption under Albion's photo that read: "The Self-Proclaimed Savior of B-School Souls." Now that's a very different meaning, obviously sarcastic. And it's also remarkably telling, as it seems the professional skeptics at BusinessWeek saw through this guy's bull the first time they met him.
Then there's the newsletter, which Albion claims is read my "over a million executives in 87 countries". Really? That's an awfully high number. I'm not even convinced there are a million "executives" who read English in this world, let alone those who actually read his newsletter. Then there's the professional reviewer who said the newsletter has "50,000 readers", a number he probably got from Albion. So it's not all "executives" and it's really only 5% of the number Albion uses in his profile.
By now, I'm wondering if his book really was a New York Times Bestseller. I searched on the NYT archives for the title and author for any mention in the Books section of the paper and came up with nothing. I also pulled up a dozen or so best-seller lists from the year this book was published and saw no mention of it. It's not conclusive, but my doubts are justified by all the other exagerations.
I could go on, but it's really just more of the same depressing evidence of a collosal ego-maniac proclaiming himself the great savior of the soul of business, all the while clinging in a most pathetic way to any indicator of his self-worth, no matter how old, how gauche, or how fabricated it might be.
You want some REAL career advice? Tell the TRUTH! If you can pull that off, consistently, over many years, in the face of charlatans like Albion, you'll be the REAL success story.