Fishing or Hunting?

A large majority of the management books follow a common law – the number of iterations of an idea is directly propotionate to the number of pages. In other words, the ideas keep repeating as the number of pages of the book increases. Most authors have an uncanny knack of writing pages and pages about something which can be expressed in just a few sentences. That’s perhaps one of the reasons why I tend to avoid such books. It reminds me of the history teacher I had back in school, in my 6th grade (or 6th std. as it is commonly referred to in India), who spent half an hour on the first sentence of our history textbook by twisting and turning the subject and the predicate! “History is the story of civilizations”, said the textbook. She went on to “elucidate” this as – “Story of the civilization is history. So history tells you the story of every civilization……” I do not wish to quote the entire speech that went on for half an hour, but hope you got the point!

Coming back to management books, the reason why I brought this up was because, recently, I came across a book which took me by surprise – one for the fact that it was shelved under the management section in the book store, and two, it had a “page size” which completely went against the common trend seen among the management books. The Art of Influence by Chris Widener was different simple due to its size! Like I always did in a bookstore, I spent the next fifteen minutes reading the first few pages of the book, by the end of which I knew I had it in my shopping cart for that day! Embedded in the storyline, where Marcus Drake, a graduate from Northeastern University spent a few days with Bobby Gold, a millionaire, was four golden rules of influence, revealing the differences between “the science and art of business”. The most catchy of those rules was the one where Gold asked Marcus, what he preferred – fishing or hunting. “Hunting”, came an almost prompt reply to which Gold replied, “When you hunt, the animal runs away from you, whereas when you fish, the “victim” comes to you”! The 150 pages that the book stretched itself to, was gripping in its own way and I must admit, this was perhaps the first management book that I read in one go or better still, I managed to complete! πŸ˜€

Off to New York City this weekend. I guess it will be a relaxing weekend after a “hectic” week at work.


~ by Niranjan Nandakumar on August 8, 2008.

5 Responses to “Fishing or Hunting?”

  1. sounds like an entire different technique to look at life itself πŸ™‚ neat!

  2. Try reading “Seduced by Success” by Robert Herbold and
    “Straight from the gut” by Jack Welch.
    As for size of the book Harvard Business Reviews come in small sizes πŸ˜€

  3. Catchy! Awesome quote πŸ˜€

  4. @anjana … it truly is a completely different perspective to viewing life πŸ™‚

    @xeres … Never really managed to finish Straight from the gut, although it follows the same pattern of Blink, one of the books I just finished reading πŸ™‚

    @Prasil … It sure is πŸ™‚

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