By Gerald M. Weinberg
Broadly acclaimed as a consultant's advisor, Gerald M. Weinberg builds on his perennial best-seller The secrets and techniques of Consulting with all-new legislation, ideas, and rules. you will struggle burnout, remain curious, comprehend your consumers, negotiate successfully, and lots more and plenty, even more.
Consultants want greater than technical skills—they desire self-awareness and a powerful set of private talents. Weinberg is helping laptop specialists establish and increase each one point in their functionality utilizing a "consultant's device package" of seventeen memorable symbols. He devotes a bankruptcy to every of those symbolic instruments, from The knowledge field to The Fish-Eye Lens to The Oxygen Mask.
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