Given the season of commencement speeches and official career kickoffs, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink is timely. The sub-title of the book is “The last career guide you’ll ever need.” While the notion of a career guide is laughable, if you were to have one – Johnny Bunko would be a good option for either your first… or your last.
Dan Pink is the first repeat author on the Libro 52 challenge. To Sell Is Human is one of the highest scoring books this year. Whereas TSIH is meticulously researched and structured with a left-brain cadence, Johnny Bunko is right-brain all the way.
Dan Pink claims Johnny Bunko is “America’s first business book written in the Japanese comic format known as manga.” The manga style makes Bunko immediately different, but it doesn’t detract from the message. I’m not much for Comic-Con, but the manga here made it fun.
The plot revolves around Johnny, a smart kid who did what he was supposed to do: good grades in high school, performed admirably in college, joined a reputable firm, etc.
He hates his job.
He’s micromanaged by a bosshole.
He’s unhappy and not sure what to do next.
Know anyone like this?
Pink’s story and the manga artist Rob Ten Pas collaborate to present “The six career secrets no one ever told you.” It’s solid advice – perfect for the 90% of recent graduates or interns that don’t really know what they want to do with their life. Bunko will be equally valuable for Brian, the sad guy who sits in the cube next to you and apparently hates his life in Accounting.
On a related note in a different medium, Danny Krueger of The Krueger Group in Cleveland passed on this incredible video. It was developed from a David Foster Wallace commencement address. It’s a viral video in action. After you watch it… you’ll know why.
Bottom Line: If you are not 100% sure your career efforts make you happy, energized and optimistic, an hour with Johnny Bunko (and nine minutes with David Foster Wallace…) will help re-frame your current circumstances.
Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com). He’s reading 52 books this year.
18. Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink
Categories: Libro 52 Challenge