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The content of the book is good and echoes the work of pioneers in the field like Hanns Scharff. However the writing style is unbelievably annoying and patronising. The book could have been 1/3rd of the length, which means that 2/3rds is pointless padding and rubbish metaphors.
I heard about this book in a podcast about the subject in the Art of Manliness website. The author on the occasion was very impressive and assertive, which made me come after this book. I came with a high expectation of the quality of this work and it could claim 5 stars from me. The book is unique in a way, it tells the truth about trust and gives examples of the behavior the author recommends to reach the power of leadership and influence. Like the Extreme Ownership book, this one is very valuable for people with a strong mindset and strength of character to accept to come last when the time is the reap benefits and first when it comes to taking action and responsibilities, no matter the odds of success.
Well laid out, easy to read, practical ideas, methods, and solution. May take much practice and be difficult to implement. Probably good to keep as a reference guide as to how to best communicate with different personality types. Far better than "Presuasion by Robert Cialdini...that book was terrible.
I highly recommend this book if you want to truly lead people, which is much different from "being a boss"! Leading involves getting people to want to do great things on their own, by seeing their strengths, even if they don't see those themselves. Unfortunately, this trait is so uncommon in many people who are supervisors that finding one is a rarity, but even more important is BEING one! This book provides a good solid foundation to build relationships, which in the end is what we as humans beings are all about, good book for some introspection as well, namely "am I worthy of the trust of others?". I highly recommend this a good basis for any relationship, whether that is business or personal.
Powerful concepts that are simple but not so easy to implement. Why not so easy to implement, because we tend to like making everything about us. The concepts in this book flip that around and make it about the other person. Bottom line it works. Just a beginner at learning to implement these ideas but it has already made conversations more interesting.
Part one of this book is interesting with the introduction of the code and Robin’s stories of his training and mentorship as a young agent. While I think the code is a great concept and Robin shares some strong frameworks the book lacked really engaging stories. I get that may because many people’s names and actual projects had to be hidden due to classified information but that may have caused many stories to fall flat from an engagement standpoint. The starting a story then going into science jargon also made it hard to follow. I think like many business books this was a solid hour training session and would have been good as a long article but strained to find material for a 300 page book. Section 2 rehashed standard personality tests like DISC and especially section 3 that felt more like an extended recap. Honestly the appendix gives you an amazing 80 for 20. Good read but probably would recommend Extreme Ownership over this as it has similar message around trust with less filler and more engaging combat stories.
I first learned about this book from Robin Dreeke in a classroom. I was interested in the topic and also wanted to read more about the adventures in his career. He was a great speaker in person, an indication that I'd love the book too. When I got the book in the mail I was surprised at how big the book was and wondered when I'd have time to read it all. I started, as most people do, at page one and soon realized that the way the book is written you can skip around without getting lost because he breaks up the reading into stories, bullet points, graphs, and vocabulary. I loved learning all the spy lingo and I also like the way he folded the story of his personal journey into leading a life of building trust into his career stories. It painted the picture of the person that he came to be both at work and at home leading his life by his code of trust. The stories of his career are more like snapshots that fold into the lesson that he's writing about in a particular section. I can't imagine he'd be able to tell a full story of building the trust of an Access Agent since this is a very complex process that doesn't always start with a free meal and end with a major break in a lead. Never the less, they are great stories and full of opportunity to learn. At one point in my reading, I realized that someone I was going to meet was creating a "false timeline" with me to place urgency on our meeting thanks to the book. (LOL) I will keep this book a reference guide to moving about the world and no doubt this book is steeped in positive ways to treat people no matter who they are and be a leader while also building trust in yourself too.
This book was life changing. I first heard Robin on the Art of Charm podcast and he was immediately intrigued. I put the book in my wish list, and held off because I didn't have the time to read it. I finally was able to order it and read through it and I am so happy I did. I thought the podcast was great, but the information and tips Robin provides in the book are lightyears beyond the hour they were able to talk on the podcast. It's one of the books that I am constantly going to be referring to in work and in life, and will recommend to others around me that have a similar mindset.