Body Of Work – Book Review

One word I regularly came across in Arthur Andersen, was “Body of Work” or “Body of Knowledge”… so when I came across a similarly titled book by Pamela Slim, the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation – I had to jump on and buy it. And I wasn’t disappointed…

Although her context was slightly different, the essence was the same. You need to allow people to discover your body of work. Over our career course, we work in various jobs or as Tom Peters would put it – projects. And during this period, we accumulate experience. Now whilst it is quite common today to have changed at least three companies during your career, it begs the question, whether they were interconnected…

And of course, Pamela is realistic – no one is looking at for your career anymore. You must find meaning, locate opportunities and sell yourself – that is where your body of work comes in – it will give you more freedom and clarity to chose different work options.

Much of today’s solutions are focused short-term gains, hacks, tweaks and quick wins. Your body of work on the other hand, can only be created over a long time, its not something you can do it one a week or two. Creating your body of work might sooner or later (after you read this book at least) look like a daunting task – but don’t think you have to do it alone. Today’s world of work requires collaboration (not competition – as they teach you in school) and peer networks. Connecting digitally should be like the air that you breathe.

From this book, I was reminded that I’m on the right track. I’ve been posting articles since 2000, only to take everything down and start afresh. But now, of course, I’m more focused – and I love the fact that Pamela is asking some really great questions to help you see the big picture. Some of those questions will take you through…

  • Your roots…
  • Your ingredients…
  • Your handling of fear and doubts…
  • Your creation…
  • Your quality of life…
  • Your relationships and collaborations..
  • Your emotional and physical well-being…

Ultimately, these questions will help you define success. And if you’ve clearly defined success in your terms, in your view. Then happiness is your name.

And towards the last 20% of the book, you get to see some actionable advice. Should you buy this, if you’re starting your career or half way through it – no doubt.

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