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May 10, 2004

Jack Covert Selects: Unstuck (Jack Covert Selects)

By: Jack @ 6:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I posted a mini review two weeks ago, but decided I should post the whole piece.
Unstuck, A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World by Keith Yamashita & Sandra Spataro, PH.D, Portfolio Publishers, 170 Pages, Hardcover, March 2004, ISBN 1591840376
When I received the galley to this book, I was really attracted to the bright cover and the small trim size. But, I was taken back by the use of some of large graphical elements that are used throughout the book, since I am used to reading more subtle material like the Atlantic or The New Yorker. Looking past the visual aspect, I was hooked. Let me try to explain why I like this book.
First, it is written so people/teams can pick the book up and choose what they specifically need to move forward. Like a choose-your-own adventure book from grade school, the end of each page directs you to the most helpful part of the book. This optimizes your time and allows only pertinent information to guide you. The use of this system is unconventional for business books because the standard linear form isnt used, you could actually move backwards in the book and still be in sequence. To give you even more of an idea how this book can tailored to your needs, the authors say:
We hope youve taken your own path though this book, moving from exercise to exercise based on progress and your intuition about what will work best. That said, we think a more structured roadmap may also be useful. The (listed) pathsserve to describe your predicament, and offer other ways to navigate the book or help you retrace steps that were particularly useful.
Some people have had issues with business books not being prescriptive enough. This is the perfect book for them. I have a feeling this will be a book that will be around a long time because it deals with a universal problem, being stuck, brilliantly!