Skip to main content

Book Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Will Jacobs and Fred Lennox

I have been reading self-help books for a long time now, and rarely did I come across a book or two that can help me instantly. I mean, so far, I have read many books on improving my life and career development. Like many others, I, too, always wished for success in my career and jobs, but I think I did not get through. The biggest reason was lack of mentorship and guidance from any source. In an attempt to improve my stances in the corporate world, I had read quite a number of self-help books from famous authors, listened to TED talks, and read articles; surprisingly nothing helped me in the long term. How and why? I will tell you. No book or person or video taught me how to identify people and act accordingly. These self-help stuff always told about time management, learn to say ‘NO’ or wake up at 5 in the morning and so on. Probably, these things help, but the core of the success lies in recognizing the people you are surrounded with.

Luckily, a few weeks ago, I got the chance to read Rock, Paper, Scissors. As the tagline says, ‘The Instant Leadership Solution’, I think I found something that is instant; however, I am not a leader material. But still the book is useful to all who want to understand people, who want to grow while working in a competitive environment, who want to lead or want to understand their leaders and managers, and much more.

Yes, you got it right. The book is such a powerful tool, as a matter of fact, that you will begin recognizing personality types instantly. It means you can deal with them easily and cunningly. As per the book, the authors have segmented people, especially working ones, into three broad categories i.e. Rock, Paper, and Scissors. Who are they and how do they matter? Let me give you some briefing about all three.
  • Rocks are solid one. They do not care much for others. They want their work done and results out in their favour.
  • Papers are good at building relationships, chatting, flattering, and opportunistic, but overall they lack the power to make decisions.
  • Scissors are open-minded, critical of everything, loves backing their decisions and theories on data. They are kind of who believe in analytics because of data. Perfection is something that they always seek.
Hence by knowing the type of person spot on, is like winning the half battle. Be it any work or job, if you lag behind in understanding the people, you are going to suffer both personally and professionally. After reading the book, I got to know myself that I am a Scissors and often shuttles between Rocks and Scissors. I can’t help.

The book doesn’t stop at identifying the personalities, rather it’s full of combinations of these types, such as Rock vs. Paper, Scissors vs. Paper, Rock vs. Rock, and so on. The outcome of all possibilities is really fascinating and seemed full of insights.

Right since the starting, the authors have given a plenty of anecdotes from their work experience, and personal lives. These personal stories make the book captivating and a touch of fiction morph the book from self-help category to something riveting, yet pragmatic. The book is segmented into two parts, theory and practice, with the help of nine chapters and one conclusion. The cartoon images and the short summary at the end of every chapter was much needed relief. This way I was able to revise as well as move ahead for new learning. Another credible aspect about the book is that it always remained a real-like and the experience of both the authors was evident in the issues identified and later solutions provided.

If you check online, you will find that Rock, Paper, Scissors is a popular game, but I wonder if many people across the world also know that it’s an effective framework as well, which seems highly effective for managers, leaders, freshers, mid-level working people. The author has put in psychological aspects to make the frame claims gullible. Overall, a nice book with a gamut of anecdotes and inspiring stories, and of course insights.


Popular posts from this blog

Poem Summary: Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. Short Summary: This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore during pre-independence days, when India was a colony of the British. The underlying theme of the poem is absolute freedom; the poet wants the citizens of his country to be living in a free state. According to the poem, we see that the poet is expressing his views there should be a country, like where people live without any sort of fear and with pure dignity…they should

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming. This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella. The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation fo

Poem Summary: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias is a short poem of fourteen lines written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The concurrent theme of the poem is that nothing remains intact and same forever in this world. Even the brightest of metal, one day decays with passage of time. The throne name of Egyptian King Ramesses is Ozymandias. It was his dearest desire to preserve himself forever by building a huge statue that he thought would never tumble down. Stanza 1: I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; Summary: The poet narrates the poem through the eyes of a traveler who seems to have come back from a remote and far-away land, referring to Egypt. The traveler r