Book Review: Growing@ the Speed of Change
Book by Jim Clemmer
Review by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.
In keeping with his tendency toward excellence in writing, Jim Clemmer has produced another outstanding book that educates and motivates the reader. Also, as usual, he manages to elegantly combine essential ideas on change, performance, leadership and personal growth into a single cohesive package. He takes what might otherwise seem like only tangentially-related pieces of a huge life-puzzle and styles them, explains them and compacts them into a very related, smoothly flowing whole. And, as you read, you'll find he has the additional magic gift of entertaining you while teaching you.
In Growing@ the Speed of Change, you will learn how to cope with change and unpredictability. How to think about reality. How to deal with negativity -- your own and others'. How to choose positivity. How optimism and happiness is easily within your grasp. How to make your life and work full of purpose and value. How and why to be a leader. Compassion. Connection. Courage. Flexibility. Adaptability. Good humor. More.
As with his prior book, Growing The Distance, Jim Clemmer has written something that you can't read straight through, no matter how much you want to try. And you do want to try to keep reading, because each section is so compelling you don't want to stop. Nevertheless, every section is so densely packed with ideas, anecdotes and examples that you are forced to stop and reflect upon what you are reading by the time you've finished only a few pages.
Furthermore, the exceptional formating of his content works to assure you will stop and think and perhaps even take some action. The book is almost a collection of related articles. Almost a magazine. Almost a training manual. Almost a series of tutorials. All of these in one. And more. Where you need to break and think, what direction you need to take, what more relates to the current content and why it's all so important -- all are connected by and obtain their flow through the formatting. The book's underlying structure is also rather like a well-formed college-level class syllabus (if professors presented syllabi so stylishly.)
Perhaps when you finish the book, you'll feel as if you have obtained a diploma in personal and professional change management.