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Bob Sutton on my Book

November 20th, 2007

A few weeks ago I sent a copy of “I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???” to Bob Sutton, who I’ve come to admire and respect over the last year. I asked for an endorsement, if he thought it was worthy of one. Here was his reply:

Robert Sutton - author of The No Asshole Rule“I was ready to abandon my LinkedIn account before I read Jason Alba’s concise and remarkably useful guide. Jason writes with remarkable clarity, provides one useful tip after another about how to use it most effectively, and unlike so many users guides that offer breathless and uncritical hype, Jason candidly explains the virtues and drawbacks of Linkedin’s features. Beyond that, Jason has such deep experience with the web that the book contains hundreds of broader lessons about how to get the most of the web: I learned an enormous amount from this little gem.”

Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of The No Asshole Rule

The No Asshole Rule - Robert SuttonI fell out of my chair. And when I got back up and read it again, I fell out of my chair again.

I e-mailed Bob and thanked him for such a kind review, and he e-mailed me back with a very encouraging, supportive e-mail that reinforced this review. It was unbelievable.

My first brush with Bob Sutton was when I read a book review by Kent Blumberg about his book. It was an excellent review so I was a fan right away. But when I started learning more about his publishing story, and how the Harvard Press wouldn’t print his book unless he changed his title, and that he refused to change the title, I gained more respect for him.

Then I started reading more reviews about his book from bloggers. Bob Sutton hit a major hot spot for the working class around the world, and has continued to evangelize the message. I’m sure that what he is doing has freed or empowered people to get the self-confidence to deal with rotten boss situations, as scared as they may be.

Thank you, Bob Sutton, for encouraging me and helping me with my first book. I’m really a nobody in your world, shoot, I’m the guy that couldn’t even get a job interview and was out of work for too long. Writing a review like this, and even reading the book was above and beyond cool, and I’ll appreciate it for a long time!

There are other reviews that have come in since the last time I posted about it, which I’ll post soon! If you are interested in learning more about “I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???” you can click here to find pricing on the hard copy or the soft copy.

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3 Responses to “Bob Sutton on my Book”

  1. This is great, Jason. Good stuff!!!

  2. Deb Dib says:

    Go Jason!!! Keep reaching for the stars. And don’t give me that “I’m a nobody…” stuff. You are a SOMEBODY. And you are a beacon of hope and encouragement for anyone who is struggling with unemployment, underemployment, or just trying to get a dream off the ground. You’re the example of success (with authenticity) that people need to help them stay in the game.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Deb Dib, CEO Coach and Jason Alba fan

  3. Barry Groh says:

    Jason,

    Kudos to you for the tremendous endorsement. Bob Sutton is a big hitter, and having him be so supportive is truly a feather in your cap.

    As one who also just finished reading your book, I also was impressed with its simple, easy to use style and helpful information. I haven’t been able to use or add all the features you wrote about, but I am keepiong your book at the side of my computer to use now as a reference guide so I can remember your helpful comments.

    As as for your nobody status, I wouldn’t call anyone who is published a nobody – and you also have the blessing of a well-read blog. Keep up the great work!

    Barry

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