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Reviewed by Kenneth Salzmann for Readers' Favorite
In Discovering Significance, executive coach Philip Giordano provides an innovative blueprint for anyone seeking to move beyond what we normally think of as the fundamental goal of business leadership—a drive for success—to the deeper and generally more elusive quality he calls significance. In the book, he draws together the seemingly opposite qualities he terms love and power to provide a way of achieving a meaningful impact—significance—that goes beyond mere success in both business and other aspects of life. He does this through an honest and engaging look at key moments in his own life, as well as by involving the reader in a similar process through journaling exercises meant to give them a better understanding of their own stories and how those stories impact their significance.
One of Giordano’s major achievements in Discovering Significance is his ability to avoid the abstract jargon and stylish buzzwords that are a feature of so many business and self-help books and keep the discussion always in captivatingly human terms. His book, and his coaching career, may be aimed primarily at executives in leadership positions but the topics he explores (and asks his readers to delve into in the journaling exercises) don’t much fit the normal mode of business books. Instead, Giordano offers chapters on such things as wisdom, humor and healing, friendship, regrets, and love. That unique angle, told largely through his own fascinating life story, makes for not only a significant self-help book, but also an interesting and enjoyable read.