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101 Ways to Stand Out at Work

Book Description

Many professionals sabotage their careers and sacrifice job satisfaction because they don't know how to overcome obstacles to career success. This book gives them tips and techniques to beat these career barriers. It identifies the elements of a successful career and lays out steps that help workers become more engaged at work. Candid, practical advice shows workers how to counter weaknesses, correct damaging behaviors, defuse political situations, communicate for better control, and more. This guide is for the professional who wants to earn a promotion or raise, and get those plum assignments!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Content
  6. About the Author
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: Choose a Career Wisely
    1. 1. Dream the possible dream
    2. 2. Map out your career path
    3. 3. Don’t settle for what you don’t really want
  9. Chapter 2: Control Your Image
    1. 4. Conquer yourself and Everest will lie at your feet
    2. 5. Tune in to the world outside your head
    3. 6. It’s not just who you know, but how well you get along with them
    4. 7. When you ask a question, be sure to listen to the answer
    5. 8. The best way to interest people in you is to pay attention to them
  10. Chapter 3: Communicate Effectively
    1. 9. Effective communication can eliminate the majority of management problems
    2. 10. Keep your goal in sight, or your career may disappear
    3. 11. Strike before the iron melts
    4. 12. Listen in order to understand
    5. 13. Written records outlive careers
  11. Chapter 4: Practice Self-Promotion
    1. 14. You are your most precious asset
    2. 15. Focus on what the other guy wants and expects
    3. 16. Being subject to influence is the key to influencing others
    4. 17. If you want it, ask for it
  12. Chapter 5: Improve Your Leadership Skills
    1. 18. Manage things, lead people
    2. 19. Leading is about us, not me
    3. 20. The boss says, “Do it!”; the leader says, “Let’s do it!”
    4. 21. Give praise, take blame
    5. 22. Question and encourage
  13. Chapter 6: Use Power and Control Wisely
    1. 23. Empower yourself through an awareness of the forces around you
    2. 24. Use the least of what you’ve got to get the most of what you want
    3. 25. The more you know, the more power you can bring to bear
    4. 26. Manage power through control
    5. 27. Self-control is applying to yourself the same principles and techniques you impose on others
  14. Chapter 7: Know Which Tools to Develop
    1. 28. Use ’em or lose ’em
    2. 29. Initiative is the single most important factor in being regarded as an asset
    3. 30. Entrepreneurs are those who pick up what others fail to notice
    4. 31. Half your skills become obsolete every four to six years, and the clock is ticking
    5. 32. Tell yourself the truth, and make an effort to listen
  15. Chapter 8: Maintain Your Integrity and Discretion
    1. 33. If you know it’s wrong, don’t do it; if you think it’s wrong, reflect upon it carefully
    2. 34. Be worthy of your trust
    3. 35. Life is short; spend your time with people you like
  16. Chapter 9: Preserve Your Health
    1. 36. Don’t wait until you’re too ill to appreciate your greatest asset
    2. 37. Stress is a standing invitation that need not be accepted
    3. 38. Learn to manage stress before it mangles you
    4. 39. Accepting criticism can be valuable, even when it isn’t valid
    5. 40. A healthy mind needs a healthy place to live
  17. Chapter 10: Understand Your Objectives, Goals, and Priorities
    1. 41. Objectives provide your career with a sense of purpose
    2. 42. Establish goals you will be proud to achieve
    3. 43. To get somewhere you must first know where you are
    4. 44. Whatever got you here may not get you any further
    5. 45. Reach for the stars and explore the limits of your potential, but don’t target the unattainable
    6. 46. Prioritize, or spin your wheels
    7. 47. Being there is only a stop along the way to somewhere else
  18. Chapter 11: Learn from Mistakes
    1. 48. Don’t hesitate to abandon your faults
    2. 49. If it’s broken, fix it
    3. 50. Never blame, never complain
    4. 51. Intelligence is learning from your own mistakes; wisdom is learning from the mistakes of others
  19. Chapter 12: Fit Into the Corporate Culture
    1. 52. The opposite of fitting in is sticking out
    2. 53. Keep your eyes open—things are never what they seem at first
    3. 54. Unwritten laws need to be carefully read
    4. 55. To compete effectively, learn the rules better than everybody else
    5. 56. The things you allow to start badly are likely to end the same way
    6. 57. When opportunity knocks, open your door
  20. Chapter 13: Adjust to Change
    1. 58. Ready or not, the future is coming
    2. 59. Never get too comfortable
    3. 60. Focus on the disparity between what can and cannot be changed
    4. 61. Ideas that worked in the past may not apply to current issues
    5. 62. All habits can be changed
    6. 63. Once you’ve recognized the need for change, accept it as a challenge
  21. Chapter 14: Decide Whether to Stay or Leave
    1. 64. Read the handwriting on the wall—every day!
    2. 65. Tune in to the information network
    3. 66. Use your motivation to activate your talent
    4. 67. Marketable skills are the only job security you can count on
    5. 68. Be a high achiever without overreaching
  22. Chapter 15: Manage Your Time and Timing
    1. 69. Don’t wait too long to take advantage of an opportunity
    2. 70. Time your efforts; timing isn’t everything, but nothing works without it
    3. 71. You can’t afford to waste time—the amount of time you’re born with is all you get
    4. 72. Never agree to unreasonable deadlines, and make sure to meet the ones you do accept
  23. Chapter 16: Be Decisive
    1. 73. Let he who would move the world first move himself.—Confucius
    2. 74. Beware alternatives to wise decisions
    3. 75. Make timely decisions—procrastination multiplies the risk factor
    4. 76. A positive self-image promotes courage by creating an expectation of success
    5. 77. The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.—Lao-Tzu
  24. Chapter 17: Make the Right Move
    1. 78. Turning down an assignment can turn off the boss
    2. 79. Justify your highest expectations of yourself
    3. 80. Be an asset
    4. 81. Doing something well is a waste of time if it isn’t worth doing
    5. 82. Careers extend beyond the office
    6. 83. Offer a convincing reason for refusing to relocate if you want to keep your job
    7. 84. It’s easier to ask for what you want right now than to refuse what you don’t want later
  25. Chapter 18: Do Your Homework
    1. 85. Make career planning a part of every day
    2. 86. A bad plan is better than no plan, because it can be improved
    3. 87. Focus on the objective first, and how to achieve it second
    4. 88. Before investing in a brave new world, collect everything worth saving from this one
    5. 89. The better you prepare, the luckier you’ll be
    6. 90. If at first you don’t succeed, look for a better way to do it
  26. Chapter 19: Network to Success
    1. 91. There are people out there who know things you don’t
    2. 92. Don’t waste your time, or theirs
    3. 93. Most professional positions are found through networking
    4. 94. Networking pays off your investment with interest
    5. 95. Know your purpose, and communicate it clearly
  27. Chapter 20: Control Your Interviews
    1. 96. Poor interviews may leave you unemployed
    2. 97. Answer honestly and volunteer nothing
    3. 98. Preparation will increase your confidence
    4. 99. Prepare a game plan
    5. 100. Anticipate obvious questions
    6. 101. No job is worth misrepresenting yourself
  28. Appendix