Johnny Bunko: a cartoon Joe who hates his dead-end accounting job. A set of magic chopsticks. And Diana, a Greek-anime goddess of job satisfaction. Mix 'em together and you have the latest business manga. That's right, I said business manga.
Lesson 1: There is no plan. The average worker will have a gazillion jobs before she's 42. Don't do things you hate or are worthless just 'cause you think they'll get you somewhere. Do stuff 'cause you love it and it's valuable to you. This is the path to success and fulfilllment, grasshopper.
Lesson 2: Think strengths, not weaknesses. Diana invokes the sacred bobbleheads of Seligman and Buckingham. Capitalize on what you're good at. End sentences with prepositions. Who cares? Screw that 'fill in the gaps' crap. Allow yourself to bring out your best. Follow your heart with a vengeance. That's what remarkable leaders do. Be f'n amazing.
Lesson 3: It's not about you. It's not about you. It's not about you. Really. It's about them. Help your students-customers-clients-stakeholders solve their problems. The most valuable people in any job bring out the best in others. Be helpful. Add value. It's not about you.
Lesson 5: Make excellent mistakes.
If your strategy is to lie low, do your job, follow instructions, and hope that nobody notices you, (a) nobody will ever notice you, and (b) you're actually increasing the chances of something bad happening.
If, on the other hand, you develop a reputation as the person who is always pushing the envelope, challenging the organization to go to the next level, and using your influence to get good stuff done, you've got the world's best job security.
Lesson 6: Leave an imprint. Make a difference. Do something meaningful. Stand for something big and important. Stop being ordinary. Make the world a better place. What are you waiting for?
A rehash of earlier works? Absolutely. A super fun way to spend an hour? You betcha.
Oh, did I mention it's written by Daniel Pink? Rock on.
[I loved this book. I give it 5 highlighters.]