Just Do Your Best – Book Review Jobearn
By: Chuck Harwood (2006)
Book Price: $11.95
From manager to CEO to entrepreneur
Chuck Harwood is a Harvard University graduate. He worked for almost 50 years, starting as a shift foreman in a glass factory to being the president for 15 years of Signetics, a subsidiary of Philips Electronics. He has foundered a Training/Teaching company in the field of continuous improvement and also works as a consultant.
Best effort in a work environment
Chuck Harwood helps readers achieve more at work. He discusses, knowing your job thoroughly (Ch. 2), making good decisions (Ch. 3), assigning and receiving tasks (Ch. 4), influence (Ch. 5), coping with situations out of your control (Ch. 6), and more keys aimed at promoting the best effort within the context of a work environment.
Everything you do can be done better
The concise nature of Chuck Harwood’s style leads to brief and purposeful statements. He expresses, “Build on your strengths. If possible, take jobs at which you would be good, that you would like, and that you can do well. Then you’ll be ready to go as far in job responsibility or job impact as your talent and desire will take you.”
Chuck’s advice is clear and pointed, as in his discussion on decisions, “Good decision-making is essential to the success of any endeavor… be consistently on the alert for problems and opportunities that beg for your decision-making skills… Don’t fall in love with the first idea… Once you’ve made your decision, act on it… move forward… “
Harwood uses bullet points to relay processes clearly. This is exemplified in his 7 fundamentals of assigning tasks. He writes, “Be competent… Be fair, friendly, polite, cooperative, and ethical… Make sure your objectives are well defined… Communicate with all concerned… Do the assignment… Hold others accountable… Make consequences… “
Questions are used purposefully to engage readers. Chuck asks, “Do you accept the influence of others?” Then, “A common mistake is to assume that you do not have influence… You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
Harwood promotes confident positive change, saying “Believe that everything you do can be done better.”
Chuck Harwood presents readers with a concise, complete guide to on-the-job success at work or in business.