Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

//Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

This book is odd.  Very, very odd.  But in a good way — and who knows, it may turn out to be that rare type of book that starts an entirely new genre!

While somewhat hard to explain, this small, quick-reading paperback essentially takes some deep thoughts about career planning and captures them in a simple, straightforward comic book format, using the “Manga” style of Japanese cartoon artwork.  It’s a very disconcerting combination, in some ways, since the moment you see the artwork you expect to read about Reggie trying to sabotage Archie again — or Jughead searching for yet another hamburger — but instead you get treated to a storyline about a frustrated office worker named Johnnie Bunko who is visited one day by a supernatural entity named Diana, who then walks him through the six secrets of career success in today’s market.  Did I mention that the concept is really, really “out there” and hard to explain? :)

Here’s the good news, however.  The advice of the book is absolutely spot on.  In fact, I’d have to say that it’s perhaps one of the most profound books on career success I’ve ever read (although granted, this distinction is in some ways owing to its off-the-charts originality factor…)  The advice that New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink dispenses throughout the story really resonates with the actual dynamics taking place in today’s topsy-turvy job market, and along the way, he cites groundbreaking works like the Marcus Buckingham “StrengthFinder” series and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “Flow” books as helpful tools that people can use to gain clarity around their ideal career path.

Is this book for everybody?  Probably not.  Is it more targeted at younger audiences just starting out on their career odyssey?  No question about it.  But I promise you one thing — if you pick it up the next time you’re in your local bookstore, or watch the promotional video you’ll find here on Amazon.com, you’ll walk away from this book with a new experience and some interesting food for thought!

By | November 13th, 2008|Career Books|Comments Off on Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

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Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

This book is odd.  Very, very odd.  But in a good way — and who knows, it may turn out to be that rare type of book that starts an entirely new genre!

While somewhat hard to explain, this small, quick-reading paperback essentially takes some deep thoughts about career planning and captures them in a simple, straightforward comic book format, using the “Manga” style of Japanese cartoon artwork.  It’s a very disconcerting combination, in some ways, since the moment you see the artwork you expect to read about Reggie trying to sabotage Archie again — or Jughead searching for yet another hamburger — but instead you get treated to a storyline about a frustrated office worker named Johnnie Bunko who is visited one day by a supernatural entity named Diana, who then walks him through the six secrets of career success in today’s market.  Did I mention that the concept is really, really “out there” and hard to explain? :)

Here’s the good news, however.  The advice of the book is absolutely spot on.  In fact, I’d have to say that it’s perhaps one of the most profound books on career success I’ve ever read (although granted, this distinction is in some ways owing to its off-the-charts originality factor…)  The advice that New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink dispenses throughout the story really resonates with the actual dynamics taking place in today’s topsy-turvy job market, and along the way, he cites groundbreaking works like the Marcus Buckingham “StrengthFinder” series and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “Flow” books as helpful tools that people can use to gain clarity around their ideal career path.

Is this book for everybody?  Probably not.  Is it more targeted at younger audiences just starting out on their career odyssey?  No question about it.  But I promise you one thing — if you pick it up the next time you’re in your local bookstore, or watch the promotional video you’ll find here on Amazon.com, you’ll walk away from this book with a new experience and some interesting food for thought!

By | November 13th, 2008|Career Books|Comments Off on Book Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Daniel H. Pink & Rob Ten Pas)

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