… and in the other half of my life

February 4th, 2010

I’ve been working this week on editing the page proofs of my boss’s book for my Harvard Business School job. (Hence the lack of long, navel-gazing, rambling posts.) Whew! It’s a lot longer than my book was, I’ll tell you that. It’s a good one, though — and already up on Amazon. Check it out. Fundamentally, it is about what happens when people change jobs: Do they continue to succeed? How can you know if a job change is a good idea or not? If you are a manager, is it better to hire outside talent or invest the time and money to develop your own workers into superstars?

4 Responses to “… and in the other half of my life”

  1. PJ on February 4, 2010 1:48 pm


    I know your boss from my “day job” and think he’s fabulous. I can’t wait to see the book-I’m sure it will contain some great information!

  2. akmom on February 4, 2010 2:14 pm

    It sounds interesting, but I question whether the conclusions truly apply to all fields equally, given that the basis was a study of Wall Street analysts. With the caveats that a) I haven’t read the book, just the blurb on amazon, and b) I have not a clue what an analyst actually does, I have to think that at least some professions better enable people to continue to perform at stellar levels when they switch jobs. Engineering comes to mind. My curiosity is piqued, and I will certainly look for the book once it’s released.

  3. Robin on February 4, 2010 3:59 pm

    PJ, how funny. Yes, Boris is great. Isn’t he just bigger than life, too?

    akmom, we of course address the generalizability issue. There are excellent reasons why Boris chose that particular profession to get his quantitative data from, but we think we’ve made a pretty good argument as to why our findings would apply to pretty much any other profession as well. And it’s not a black-or-white thing — we’re not saying people can’t change jobs and be successful, we’re looking at how and under what circumstances they can do so.

  4. akmom on February 4, 2010 10:55 pm

    Thanks for the additional info, Robin. I am interested to read more, and will hopefully remember to look for the book once it’s out. I’m really good at forgetting the titles and authors of books I hear about and want to read…

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