"What a lively, and 'fun to read' volume!
Weinberg has written an excellent book, which certainly complements his bestseller,
The Secrets of Consulting (1985). Weinberg used an interesting and exciting
approach to communicating his wisdom on consulting to others. . . .
book is full of fresh ideas, paradoxes, ironies, and provocativeness. It can be
entertaining and concurrently thought provoking. . . . Even though the author
is sharing 'secrets' with consultants, the everyday layperson could learn much
about life in general from this volume. The book should be added to one's 'self-help'
collection. . . .
"Anyone seriously wanting to learn more about the
personal aspects of consulting should first read Weinberg's Secrets of Consulting
and subsequently read More Secrets of Consulting.
this book for any consultant or anyone else aspiring to learn more about how to
improve one's effectiveness while working with others."
The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Secrets is focused on Jerry's specialty, which is software consulting. But
the possible applications of the tool kit that he describes go far beyond software,
and well beyond consulting in general. . . . In the brief time that I've been
consciously using the tools, I've found applications in my work life, but even
more significantly in my personal and spiritual life. . . .
Secrets of Consulting is a very valuable resource for consultants, especially
those who think (almost certainly mistakenly) that their biggest problems are
technical in nature. It's also a great introduction to Satir's self-esteem tool
kit, which all humans can benefit from. . . ."
"Weinberg's original Secrets
of Consulting has a place on every consultant's (at least the ones that are
making any money) bookshelf. If you have not read Jerry's original book, you will
be surprised at how he makes simple analogies and symbols so meaningful. And how
these analogies, rules and symbols lead to a better personal performance from
the consultant. This time around he gives us the "consultant's tool kit" of symbols.
He devotes a chapter to each of these symbolic tools, from The Wisdom Box to The
Fish-Eye Lens to The Oxygen Mask. Jerry Weinberg's career is the envy of most
consultants that I know. I find it wonderful that he is prepared to share the
secrets of his success.
"Buy this book if you are a consultant, or
thinking of becoming one."
"Weinberg presents more secrets and a whole
new set of images. His yes/no medallion, for example, reminds you to mean it when
you say yes or no. And every time someone mentions the yes/no medallion in a discussion,
I will think of this book's descrition of the chapter from hellWeinberg's
wonderful illustration of why yes should mean yes and no should mean no. . . .
"He has so much to say and so many intructive stories to
. . .
"You'll find this book a delightful introduction to the man and
know Gerald Weinberg as one of the most successful consultant/educators in our
field. Learning what techniques have worked for him will surely help us to do
our jobs better. The author also candidly shares some of what has not worked for
him, also valuable lessons for us.
"Whether we make our living as professional
consultants, most of us do consulting at least some of the time in the course
of systems analysis, project management, programming, and other information systems
activities. That is, we give advice to decision makers. Gerald Weinberg's two
Secrets books, therefore, are valuable on every computing professional's
"If you were to buy this book and the previous
one, Secrets of Consulting, and read them, then your next step should be
to place one in each of your hip pockets. For that is the only part of being a
consultant not covered in these books. Wrapped in the guise of folk wisdom, the
advice given here could and should be part of a business degree. . . .
one writes business advice better than Weinberg. If he ever decides to give up
writing about business, he could make a career out of writing personal self-help
books. It will be on my top ten books of the year list. "
like me, you swallowed Secrets of Consulting in no time, you can safely
grab a copy of this book because you will certainly love it even more. This is
one of those rare books where you can actually feel the experience of the author
transpire from a simple trail of ink."
Val's Blog, Javaranch.com