September 14, 2012

Corrections To Love Is the Killer App

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It's been a dozen years since I wrote the first draft of my book, Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business and Influence Friends.  Since then, the world has changed significantly, and so has my perspective. 

In the digital future, it will be easy to make corrections to a book, to keep it from getting out of date or in my case -- out of practice.  While the thesis of the book (promote others' success) is more true than ever, there are some corrections I'd like to make: 

1.  eBooks are how I gather deep knowledge.  In LITKA, I argued that we should buy only hard cover books and utilize the blank pages at the beginning and the end of the book for note taking (cliffing/tagging).  This was in comparison to soft cover books and pre-Kindle/iPad times.  When I wrote the book, eBook readers were clunky and inventory was incomplete.  These days, I read almost everything on my Kindle.  I've also figured out a way to highlight and take notes in such a way so I can easily re-study a book in just a few minutes.  My new reading habit has enabled me to read many more books, and when traveling, to bounce around between multiple titles instead of just choosing one (light) book. 

2. Protect Your Network While You Network.  More than ever, our network is our net worth, it's our platform to move forward and do good.  We should protect it by making sure our networking efforts are productive.  Networking people, just because they ask you to, isn't an act of BizLove.  It's an act of compromising your existing relationships out of a sense of duty or guilt.  

For exmaple: I get requests by entrepreneurs to 'hook them up' with my old boss Mark Cuban (Shark Tank).  In a few situations, I truly believe that the introduction would be good for Mark as well as the entrepreneur, and in those situations, I make the (email) introduciton.  The key here is to make sure there's a win/win for both the asker and your network node, otherwise it's just more noise (and still, no real value add).  One other way to network appropriately is to collect a little information for the prospector and shop it to the target to see if an introduction is desired. 

3. Hugging Is Risky At Work.  When I wrote LITKA, it was still OK to be warm at work with others, and give them a hug as a greeting.  Over time, the litigation environment is as of such, that I suggest we practice discretion prior to any phsycial contact with others, beyond a hearty handshake.  This is especially true between members of the opposite sex. 

Last, but not least, I'd like to make a disclaimer: Being a Lovecat doesn't mean you say yes to all requests of you.  It doesn't mean that nothing can upset you.  It doesn't mean that anything you have is available to anyone else.  I'm growing weary of people who tell me, "Hey, you aren't being very Lovecat!" when I say, "no" to them or criticize an idea or an action.  In my book, I defined a Lovecat as someone who "intelligently share his or her intangibles to promote growth in others." I never claimed that they were pushovers.

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La mayor parte de lo que usted señala es asombrosamente legítimo y que me hace preguntarme por qué yo no había visto esto con este punto de vista con anterioridad. Su artículo verdaderamente hizo encender la luz para mí en cuanto a este tema específico va. Pero en este momento no es en realidad una posición particular no estoy muy cómodo con y mientras trato de conciliar eso con el tema central de la posición, me permite ver lo que todo el resto de sus lectores tienen que say.Nicely hecho.

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LITKA is still a classic -- one of my top 10 more than 3000 business books I read. I also donated a lot of copy and recommend it to all who would listen. Thank you for your update/clarification - you make solid points Tim. Please keep your doing work - you have a wonderful information share! !!Take good care of my friend and companion love cats.

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LITKA is still a classic - one of my top 10 out of the more than 3,000 business books I have read. I too have given away many copies and recommend it to all who will listen. Thanks for the update/clarification -- you make solid points Tim. Please keep up the fantastic work you are doing - you have a wonderful message to share!!! Take good care my friend and fellow Love Cat.

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Excited to hear about your note taking system on the Kindle, thank you in advance

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Thanks for the update! I read LITKA after your presentation years ago at the Willowcreek Leadership Summit. Having been an executive of enterprises and 3-time CEO, too often doors opened to lead with positivity and promotion of others like a 'Lovecat' are resting grounds for those who choose to be pushovers. This is very obvious in churches where results should matter most, but leaders behave as if they don't matter at all. Nice correction regarding pushovers. I could not agree more.

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Thanks for the updates! This book remains on my "top ten" business books list!

Mark

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Thank you for the update, Tim.

I switched over to an iPad for reading just a few months ago. I was concerned about note taking also. I found that my mind adjusted quickly and that it is easy to search for a comment or thought in a book I've read and I love being able to carry an entire library of great books with me. Wow!

Thank you for your comments about protecting your network and also about protecting yourself by saying "No" when it's needed.

Great comments. Thank you again.

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Hey there John/TM...I'll write a post in the coming weeks about my note taking style via my Kindle.

Thanks for the suggestion.

tim

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Tim... clue us in on how you highlight and take notes using your Kindle. I'm way into jotting notes on pages like you recommend in LITKA. Be a lovecat and share your new way.

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I have purchased & distributed over 100 copies of LITKA - it remains foundational for me and those I influence. Thank you for this update! Looking forward to hearing more about your cliffing/tagging process with eBooks in the future.

Finally, if you truly love someone, you tell them when they have spinach in their teeth - as painful as it seems at the time.


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