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Making it Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection) by Alan Lurie, Kevin Elko, Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher, Erv Thomas, Gregory Shea, Robert E. Gunther

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Introduction

“Self-trust is the firstsecret of success.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was finishing my internship with the United States Olympic Committee when I got a phone call from Tom Donahoe, the head of player personnel for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wanted me to meet with Dick Haley, Tom Modrak, and him, all three of whom were working in personnel for the Steelers—and would go on to have fabulous careers in the NFL. I flew into Pittsburgh and we met on Christmas Eve. The occasion marked the end of head coach Chuck Noll’s distinguished career with the Steelers, which had resulted in four Super Bowl championships. This also marked the beginning of NFL free agency, which would alter football and the way things were done.

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