Author(s): John Lees
Report Published: 30th August 2016
Quake Magnitude: 5.7
For practical career advice and support, John Lees is perhaps one of the most underrated authors out there, as evidenced by the usefulness of The Success Code, which adds another dimension to his series on How to Get a Job You Love.
The Success Code is written in the spirit of Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and succeeds in dealing with the problem of ego and first impressions where Ryan Holiday’s Ego is the Enemy and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink both fail. Whilst the former is written for CEOs and other power personalities who have a problem with their ego, Lees writes for those who are swamped, if not crushed, by such egos – a topic which is of great importance to the great majority of people. It beats Blink because it leans towards the impacting and practical, instead of the interesting but anecdotal. In way of added bonus, The Success Code is also much more accessible and applicable than Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone.
In other words, this book is written for those QUAKE Books Agents who may not wish to lead from the front, but do want to be at the sharp end of the pack. It is thus a solid addition to the bookshelves of those who want to do well professionally but don’t want to make a song and dance out of their career progression. It is for anyone who is looking to manage how others perceive them whilst remaining comfortable in their own skin and personality type. It is also for those who wish to ensure a smooth career change or promotion without the hype.
“If you feel you’re being sold to, you sense that you’re the second most important person in a conversation.”
“If people hear only negative information about you, that’s not a matter of chance. You’ve let the news get out there.”
“Telling and “pitching” is less effective than building curiosity.”
The Success Code shook the ground early on by making it crystal clear as to the role I play in what others say, think and write about me. Yes, I have been told this before, probably on countless occasions, but therein lay the beauty of Lees’ way of writing – simple but to the point and gentle enough to be heard and absorbed.
I know I will clearly re-think about how people perceive me through the glimpses and soundbites I provide them and which I will now do better to control and micromanage.