February 3, 2002

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Love is the Killer App

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:40 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends by Tim Sanders, Crown Business, 200 Pages, $21.00 Hardcover, January 2002, ISBN 060960922X
When I received this galley about six months ago, I was wary of the book because of the hip cover, zippy title, brief length, and its all-about-success-but-not-failure premise. Every time I cracked the cover, I found myself questioning Sanders premise. I saddled right up to the thought that love really is the killer app. Cool. But this warm-fuzzy contradicted the very 80s power-broker subtitle. The author challenged me to read the book with an open mind (and with a steak dinner as the reward if I read the book and truly didnt find it of any value). So, I gave it a chance and discovered that what Sanders has to say is very valuable.
One of the most personally important books I have read in the past couple of years (look at our websites JCS archives to read my review) is called, Achieving Success Through Social Capital: Tapping Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks. The author, Baker, talks about networking, personal investment, kindness but with a more academic flair. As I said in my review about Bakers book: Focusing on helping others without expectation of any return brings more to you than if you focused on quid pro quo. I love that idea. Karma lives. Sanders expounds upon this idea. Focusing on helping others without expectation of any return helps you more than you can imagine. I think the section on sharing compassion is spot on, as well as the message that you dont need to tear people down to rise up. Despite my initial misgivings, I have found this book not only valuable, but a contemporary 7 Habits. No steak dinner for me.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.