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Thriving in Your Work

Book Description

The pressures in your work are relentless. There is always more to be done. Expectations are high from your boss, your customers and your clients. Resources are tight and there is a perpetual squeeze on the support available to you. How on earth do you thrive and succeed in such an environment? This book contains practical approaches to enable you to clarify the outcomes, choose your impact, develop your skills, work as a team, build your approach, recognise your emotions, be aware of the risks, be alert to the unexpected, use your energy well and keep it all in perspective. In such unstable and relentless times, this book will enable you to stand back and reflect, and keep you motivated and focused on your career goals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. What is it all for
    1. 1. Where is the destination?
    2. 2. Why bother?
    3. 3. Where does your inspiration come from?
    4. 4. Who are your companions along the way?
  8. Keep alert to the outcomes
    1. 5. Who’s got the torch?
    2. 6. Recharge your batteries
    3. 7. Spot the flicker
    4. 8. Watch against being blinded
  9. Work as a team
    1. 9. Bury the hatchet
    2. 10. Choose your weapons
    3. 11. Bring on the cavalry
    4. 12. Protect your leader
    5. 13. Look after the wounded
  10. Choose your impact
    1. 14. Know when to put your foot down
    2. 15. Watch where you tread
    3. 16. Watch out for the kickback
    4. 17. Recognise when you have two left feet
  11. Develop new skills
    1. 18. Learn how to forget
    2. 19. See round corners
    3. 20. Lay still
    4. 21. Acknowledge when you are wrong
  12. Recognise your emotions
    1. 22. Do not become a victim
    2. 23. Empty your mind
    3. 24. Box the gremlin
    4. 25. Recognise when you are about to snap
    5. 26. Watch your friendships
  13. Build your approach
    1. 27. Cultivate your carrots
    2. 28. Prune your apple trees
    3. 29. Nurture the green shoots
    4. 30. Enjoy the bonfire
  14. Use your time well
    1. 31. Walk ever so slowly
    2. 32. Ditch the Blackberry
    3. 33. Adjust your personal rhythms
    4. 34. Balance the see-saw
  15. Be alert to the unexpected
    1. 35. Look for hidden treasure
    2. 36. Don’t count your chickens
    3. 37. Beware of false dawns
    4. 38. Where are your snow shoes?
    5. 39. Enjoy shafts of sunlight
  16. Beware the risks
    1. 40. Watch for sharp elbows
    2. 41. Be cautious of bright lights
    3. 42. Watch the audit trail
    4. 43. Welcome the health check
  17. Use your energy well
    1. 44. Trust your internal barometer
    2. 45. Pound the pavements
    3. 46. Time for a knees-up
    4. 47. Notice the brick wall coming
  18. Keep it in perspective
    1. 48. See the ridiculous
    2. 49. Be in touch with your melancholy side
    3. 50. Allow joyful moments
    4. 51. See the light at the end of the tunnel
    5. 52. Is it all a dream?
  19. Acknowledgements
  20. Other books by Peter Shaw
  21. About the Author