Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

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Three Rivers Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 225 pages
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Are you wondering what the next killer app will be? Do you want to know how you can maintain and add to your value during these rapidly changing times? Are you wondering how the word love can even be used in the context of business?

Instead of wondering, read this book and find out how to become a lovecat—a nice, smart person who succeeds in business and in life.

How do you become a lovecat? By sharing your intangibles. By that I mean:
Your knowledge: everything that comes from all the books that I'll encourage you to devour.
Your network: the collection of friends and contacts you now have, which I'll teach you how to grow and nurture.
Your compassion: that human warmth you already possess—in these pages I'll convince you that you can show it freely at the office.

What happens when you do all this?
* You become a rich source of information to all around you.
* You are seen as a person with valuable insight.
* You are perceived as generous to a fault, producing surprise and delight.
* You double your business intelligence in one year.
* You triple your network of personal relationships in two years.
* You quadruple the number of colleagues in your life who love you like family.

In short, you become one of those amazing, outstanding people to whom everyone turns, who leads rather than follows, who never runs out of ideas, contacts, or friendship.

Here's the real scoop: Nice guys don't finish last. They rule!

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This book by Tim Sanders helped me realize that the way of the business world didn't have to be the way I would live my life. The lovecat way which Tim describes and I so related to which seemed to work for me made me realize that the rough and tough world of business didn't have to be the only way. There is a better way and it can make the place feel welcoming and embracing, caring about the people as well as the work they do.
If you aren't sure about how work life is working out for you, this book is definitely worth the read!
Big thank you goes out to Pastor Billy who gave me the book as a gift.

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Be a LOVECAT - Increase your knowledge, expand your network and share your compassion.
To succeed in business, Tim Sanders - the Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo, advises readers to follow these
1) Learn as much as you can. Read books for knowledge and newspapers/magazines for awareness in an 80/20 ratio. After encoding and processing the key messages of the book, apply this knowledge by sharing it with other people.
2) Expand your network by collecting as many contacts as possible, connecting people without expecting anything in return, disappearing when the connection is made.
3) Show compassion. Reach out to people by sensing the situation and expressing yourself with warm words and a smile. Be prepared and be spontaneous - don’t hesitate when showing you care.
I like this book because it’s core concept - always be human - is a refreshing change the common perception that to succeed in your career you need to be cut-throat and aggressive.
Personally, I would not be comfortable following Tim's advice to increase my physical contact with people I work with in the form of hugging and touching to strengthen personal connections. I suppose this is probably a case of East/West culture clash, or maybe it's something which works better for men than women.
However, overall this book is an inspiring and informative read. Readers will definitely take away something which they should be able to apply to their current working life.


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TIM SANDERS, the Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!, consults with Fortune 500 executives and world-class brands on marketing and Internet strategy. He lives in northern California.

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