Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#BookReview: Faster, Smarter, Higher: Managing Your Career by Utkarsh Rai

On the jacket:

‘Utkarsh Rai’s book is a commendable effort that presents a holistic view of career management. A good read, especially for professionals in the early to mid-stages of their careers.’ —N.R. Narayana Murthy  Hard work is necessary for a job, but not sufficient for career growth. Given that workplace dynamics are ever-changing, one needs to anticipate and prepare for the impending twists and turns in one’s career. Lack of understanding of managing key relationships can lead to frustration in one’s career. Being in a hurry to rise, people often ignore to hone this skill, focusing too much on their subject matter expertise. Faster, Smarter, Higher provides clever and critical tips on how to manage various key relationships at work.


Having quit the corporate world seven years ago, this book was for me an enjoyable read. Had it landed in my hands seven years ago, it might have proven to be a helpful guidebook on how to survive there. This is like a go-to book for every corporate employee. No one can deny that practically every employee of the corporate world lives under a lot of pressure, irrespective of the designation they are in. The type of pressure, challenges and struggles do differ, but the fact that life is stressful, exists. 
Faster, Smarter, Higher is not only a book that will guide you in how to survive and rise in the corporate world, but also has valuable advice and tips from industry leaders. The book addresses very basic issues like how we deal with our goals and dreams, to more specific topics like people management - boss, colleagues, juniors, etc.

Peppered with relevant quotes by 51 business leaders at relevant points of the book, this makes for a more interesting read.

Rating: ****/5

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