Book review: Be Bulletproof

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by James and Simon Brooke

Be Bulletproof, by James & Simon Brooke
Be Bulletproof, by James & Simon Brooke

You'd be forgiven for thinking that this book was a handy guide for bodyguards. In fact, it's about helping to reinforce your resilience so that you can bounce back from any crisis you might encounter at work.

This could be anything from harsh criticism from your boss or hostile colleagues to losing your job. Now that the good times are over, it's time to man up, as they say.

The authors, James and Simon Brooke, provide a list of 82 ways to be bulletproof. Number six is "positive self-talk". This means accepting that you are facing a challenge and becoming aware of weakening self-talk, such as "I can't", and to drop it.

Number 41 is "Don't make 'no' mean more than it does". Bulletproof people are tenacious in the face of rejection and maintain their objectivity when given negative criticism. They don't think that they're rubbish managers just because one project failed.

Number 69 tackles your adversaries. Do you have an enemy at work whom you want to win over? An effective way to do this is to pay compliments through a third party. Make them specific and relevant to the individual. Even better is to ask for their advice. Take note of these rules and you'll soon be a Teflon-coated manager.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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