Book Review: RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management

Book: RISE: Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management
Author: Rajeev Nanda
Publisher: Walnut Publication (2019)
Pages: 190
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In the dynamic landscape of professional growth and career management, Author Rajeev Nanda’s remarkable career management guide, “RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management” emerges as a comprehensive guide that navigates the essential terrain of soft skills development. Unlike the majority of career-centric books, which focus solely on academic qualifications and technical expertise, this strategy & and management title brings to light the often overlooked aspect of creating a significant differentiator in the workplace. As the book covers the mastery of soft skills, it allows the readers to learn and understand all about achieving career progression as well as professional growth. In addition, the book serves as an incredible reading material not just for the working professionals but also for the students and the business owners!

Author Rajeev Nanda is a hi-tech industry veteran with over thirty years of experience in multifarious leadership roles. He started his career as a developer and later moved into management and leadership roles. He has managed cross-functional and cross-geo teams and has worked with CxO level staff on strategic programs. In his free time, he takes long walks, goes for a bike ride, reads a book, clicks some pictures or troubles his spouse by unnecessarily poking his nose in her affairs. When he is shooed away, he tends to write books, blogs or articles on whatever topic interests him at that time. Lately, it seems, he is turning more philosophical and he claims it is because of his spiritual growth but his loved ones say that it is the “cough age” creeping up on him.

Author Rajeev Nanda currently lives in the city of California in the United States of America. More about him is available on his personal website: this particular title, “RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management” was published by Walnut Publication and was released during the period of October 2019. The book is available in paperback as well as in e-book format and the readers can find this title on all the top online marketplaces!

In this book, “RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management” Author Rajeev Nanda addresses a fundamental challenge, that is faced by most working professionals, i.e. how to stand out in a crowd of equally qualified and competent peers. While many might resort to the traditional approach of acquiring additional degrees and certifications, this book teaches a unique approach that is investing in the development of the much-required soft skills. The author contends that these skills become the distinguishing factor, especially when the technical competencies are standardized, automated, or disrupted by technological advancements!

In addition, the ‘9 Learning Worthy Chapters’ in this book serve as a primer on a spectrum of soft skills deemed crucial for career progression and professional growth. Author Nanda’s approach is pragmatic, offering actionable insights and practical advice that readers can implement in their daily professional lives. The book’s targeted audience is working professionals, but its applicability extends to students, individuals, and business owners seeking a competitive edge in their respective domains.

Now coming to the Readers’ Connect part for this title, “RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management” I must mention that this book is way too precious for working professionals. One of the commendable aspects of the book is its relevancy in the face of evolving job markets. Author Nanda recognizes the transformative impact of technology on traditional job roles and emphasizes the enduring value of soft skills in this era of rapid change. As the author articulates, these skills not only provide a current advantage but also continue to grow in significance with consistent practice and mastery.

Each chapter in this title delves into a specific soft skill, providing a structured and organized approach to learning. Topics range from effective communication and emotional intelligence to leadership, time management, and adaptability. The author’s writing style is accessible, making complex concepts understandable for readers at various stages of their careers. This book begins where many ends since you will find the same theories and formulas elsewhere, while through this book, the author is making an incredible attempt to bring change in the readers’ mindset. So that the ones, who are following the guides provided by the author can reach out to something that has no limitations!

Finally, coming to the Book’s Verdict part where I must begin by mentioning that this title, “RISE – Essential Soft-Skills For Career Management” is for sure a MUST READ one. Since the book serves as a valuable resource for anyone navigating the complexities of the modern workplace. Author Rajeev Nanda’s emphasis on soft skills as a strategic differentiator is a refreshing perspective in the realm of career management literature. The book not only identifies the soft skills essential for professional success but also serves as a guide for individuals to cultivate and integrate these skills into their professional journeys.

Moreover, this title is a ‘Compelling Read’ for all those individuals who recognize the indispensable role of soft skills in achieving lasting success and influence in their careers. As readers engage with the wisdom shared by Author Nanda, they are empowered to rise above professional challenges and chart a course for sustained career growth!

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