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The Hamster Revolution: A Book Review

As a self-published author, I know how important reviews are to an author and one of the reasons why since writing my book, I feel compelled to write reviews for books I’ve read. Truth be told I read more historical fiction than business-related books, but in today’s world where it’s imperative we take time to continually upgrade our skills, try new and different ways of doing things, I took my own advice, changed course and learned a few great tech tips along the way.


"The Hamster Revolution for Tech Quotient: How to Thrive in the Post-Covid, Virtual World of Work," by Mike Song (www.getcontrol.net) provides practical tips for traversing the complicated, ever-changing digital world compounded even more so with the inception of COVID-19 and our reliance on working remotely and the transition from in-person meetings to virtual.


I particularly liked the “conversational” writing style used throughout the book. The author uses this format as he begins to walk the reader through how as a coach he would lead a team through a Tech Quotient Assessment Tool (TQAT), the diagnostic tool he developed to determine a team’s digital proficiency (or lack thereof). Once the assessment results have been compiled and the team’s strengths and weaknesses identified, he begins to address how to best leverage the skills and coaching abilities of the more proficient to increase the proficiencies of the less but equally capable (with the right coaching) team members. He intersperses this with handy tech tips along the way to further pique their interest and shows them through hands-on exercises how even simple changes like email searches can be a time saving, cost effective benefit.

Even to a non-techy person like myself, I got what Mike was saying and trying to accomplish. For instance, when you have high tech skilled individuals who do not willingly share their expertise with others, the team’s productivity overall suffers. When everyone works together for the common good, however, good things begin to happen. As people’s skills and abilities improve, they become more productive, satisfied employees which can have a very positive financial effect on a company’s bottom line.


Mary Jo Wiseman, CMP | Author, “The Meeting Planning Process: A Guide to Planning Successful Meetings.” https://www.maryjo-wiseman.net

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