The Compass Solution – A Book Review

The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career is a guide based on the personal experience of the author. As a successful professional and accomplished veteran of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, the author has compiled lifelong lessons based on certain principles which he attributes to have helped him not only survive but thrive in his chosen career. In this book, readers are offered a solution that will help them navigate their career path so that their time and effort are not wasted with careless wandering.

Book Details

The paperback measures 5.5 in. wide, 0.6 in. thick, and 8.5 in. long. It ships about 15 ounces in weight. The book has 280 pages divided in 7 chapters. It is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. It was published by The Compass Alliance in August 2017, the first edition in the English language. ISBN-10: 0999057103; ISBN-13: 978-0999057100

Price

$17.99 for the paperback version and $7.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

The Compass Solution is for a wide range of career professionals. It is both for the newcomer, trying to find his way, and also for the veteran, who wants to return to his/her first and true calling. The book is also for leaders who can influence and help build supportive corporate cultures that help employees thrive. It is a guide that will serve readers at any point of their professional journey.

What Customers Say

Scott L. (Amazon) described The Compass Solution as a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to learn from the personal experiences of a successful professional. He mentioned that he has had the honor of having been mentored by the author, from whom he has learned much in his business career. Scott recommends the book to readers at the beginning, nearing the end, or even at the height of their careers. Organizations can also find benefit in using the book as part of their onboarding process.

Jan R. (Amazon) stated that the book provides readers specific ideas on how to take charge of their careers. Organizations can also benefit from the book as they create the best environments where people thrive. Jan stated that he considers the author as one of the best managers he has worked with in his 25 years of corporate career. He believed that had the book been published while he was just starting his career, he would not have to learn some of the lessons the hard way.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: The Compass Solution is divided into 2 parts. The first part introduces the reader to the 4 cardinal navigational points of the compass, which are personal accountability, people, process, and perspective. Part 2 is about the 3 keys of the key chain, which are leadership, communication, and learning. Each of these topics are contained in a chapter where the author discusses them in detail. The book is closed by a Closing Thoughts section.
Approach/Tone: The author provides the discussion and lessons as he narrates his own professional experience. Some descriptions and analogies are used to provide history, comparisons and contrasts to real-world scenarios happening in the corporate world. However, the lessons are to the point most of the time.
Style: The book is easy to read, with mostly plain language, although business terminologies are also used. Paragraphs are of readable length. Bullet lists are also used. Headers identify new topics. The principles and lessons are well organized, best read from start to end. However, readers can easily go back to specific principles or keys to go over discussions once more.

Why Buy the Book

The Compass Solution is a great guide for any professional beginning a career. The corporate world can be a difficult and harsh environment where many college graduates are unprepared for. Trial and error can be too costly and exhausting, so any guide that can help a person navigate with greater success and stability is worth reading. Moreover, this is not just any guide, but the personal experience and tested principles of a well respected professional who navigated the corporate world successfully.

Author

Tim Cole is founder and CEO of The Compass Alliance, a consulting company based in Charlotte, NC, USA, that serves as the springboard for his book, The Compass Solution. Tim studied in the University of North Carolina. He is a veteran of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, served in various leadership and senior executive positions for over 3 decades, all from one and the same company. His experience spans across departments, including sales, marketing, training, human resources and leadership development. Tim helped a small firm become one of the largest healthcare companies in the world, and helped launched 20 new brands, 6 of which became global successes. He has won multiple leadership awards and recognition, and is considered to be one of the most respected and well accomplished personality in the industry. Tim, through the Compass Alliance, offers keynote and workshops based on the Compass Solution principles.

$17.99 for the paperback version and $7.99 for the Kindle version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

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