101 Ways to Stand Out at Work

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-17
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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 the reader 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!

Author Biography

Arthur D. Rosenberg is a NY/NJ-based consultant and has worked with companies such as UPS, ATT, Citibank, Prudential, and Viacom

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Choose a Career Wiselyp. 1
Dream the possible dreamp. 1
Map out your career pathp. 3
Don't settle for what you don't really wantp. 5
Control Your Imagep. 7
Conquer yourself and Everest will lie at your feetp. 7
Tune in to the world outside your headp. 12
It's not just who you know, but how well you get along with themp. 13
When you ask a question, be sure to listen to the answerp. 15
The best way to interest people in you is to pay attention to themp. 17
Communicate Effectivelyp. 20
Effective communication can eliminate the majority of management problemsp. 20
Keep your goal in sight, or your career may disappearp. 21
Strike before the iron meltsp. 23
Listen in order to understandp. 25
Written records outlive careersp. 30
Practice Self-Promotionp. 32
You are your most precious assetp. 32
Focus on what the other guy wants and expectsp. 33
Being subject to influence is the key to influencing othersp. 36
If you want it, ask for itp. 37
Improve Your Leadership Skillsp. 40
Manage things, lead peoplep. 41
Leading is about us, not mep. 42
The boss says, "Do it!"; the leader says, "Let's do it!"p. 43
Give praise, take blamep. 46
Question and encouragep. 49
Use Power and Control Wiselyp. 50
Empower yourself through an awareness of the forces around youp. 51
Use the least of what you've got to get the most of what you wantp. 52
The more you know, the more power you can bring to bearp. 56
Manage power through controlp. 57
Self-control is applying to yourself the same principles and techniques you impose on othersp. 58
Know Which Tools to Developp. 62
Use 'em or lose 'emp. 62
Initiative is the single most important factor in being regarded as an assetp. 66
Entrepreneurs are those who pick up what others fail to noticep. 70
Half your skills become obsolete every four to six years, and the clock is tickingp. 74
Tell yourself the truth, and make an effort to listenp. 76
Maintain Your Integrity and Discretionp. 78
If you know it's wrong, don't do it; if you think it's wrong, reflect upon it carefullyp. 79
Be worthy of your trustp. 80
Life is short; spend your time with people you likep. 83
Preserve Your Healthp. 88
Don't wait until you're too ill to appreciate your greatest assetp. 88
Stress is a standing invitation that need not be acceptedp. 89
Learn to manage stress before it mangles youp. 91
Accepting criticism can be valuable, even when it isn't validp. 92
A healthy mind needs a healthy place to livep. 93
Understand Your Objectives, Goals, and Prioritiesp. 94
Objectives provide your career with a sense of purposep. 94
Establish goals you will be proud to achievep. 97
To get somewhere you must first know where you arep. 97
Whatever got you here may not get you any furtherp. 99
Reach for the stars and explore the limits of your potential, but don't target the unattainablep. 100
Prioritize, or spin your wheelsp. 104
Being there is only a stop along the way to somewhere elsep. 110
Learn from Mistakesp. 112
Don't hesitate to abandon your faultsp. 112
If it's broken, fix itp. 113
Never blame, never complainp. 114
Intelligence is learning from your own mistakes; wisdom is learning from the mistakes of othersp. 116
Fit Into the Corporate Culturep. 120
The opposite of fitting in is sticking outp. 120
Keep your eyes open-things are never what they seem at firstp. 121
Unwritten laws need to be carefully readp. 122
To compete effectively, learn the rules better than everybody elsep. 123
The things you allow to start badly are likely to end the same wayp. 123
When opportunity knocks, open your doorp. 125
Adjust to Changep. 127
Ready or not, the future is comingp. 127
Never get too comfortablep. 128
Focus on the disparity between what can and cannot be changedp. 129
Ideas that worked in the past may not apply to current issuesp. 130
All habits can be changedp. 131
Once you've recognized the need for change, accept it as a challengep. 133
Decide Whether to Stay or Leavep. 134
Read the handwriting on the wall - every day!p. 135
Tune in to the information networkp. 138
Use your motivation to activate your talentp. 140
Marketable skills are the only job security you can count onp. 141
Be a high achiever without overreachingp. 143
Manage Your Time and Timingp. 147
Don't wait too long to take advantage of an opportunityp. 147
Time your efforts; timing isn't everything, but nothing works without itp. 148
You can't afford to waste time-the amount of time you're born with is all you getp. 150
Never agree to unreasonable deadlines, and make sure to meet the ones you do acceptp. 155
Be Decisivep. 156
Let he who would move the world first move himself.-Confuciusp. 156
Beware alternatives to wise decisionsp. 157
Make timely decisions-procrastination multiplies the risk factorp. 160
A positive self-image promotes courage by creating an expectation of successp. 162
The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet.-Lao-Tzup. 165
Make the Right Movep. 168
Turning down an assignment can turn off the bossp. 168
Justify your highest expectations of yourselfp. 171
Be an assetp. 171
Doing something well is a waste of time if it isn't worth doingp. 174
Careers extend beyond the officep. 176
Offer a convincing reason for refusing to relocate if you want to keep your jobp. 182
It's easier to ask for what you want right now than to refuse what you don't want laterp. 183
Do Your Homeworkp. 185
Make career planning a part of every dayp. 185
A bad plan is better than no plan, because it can be improvedp. 186
Focus on the objective first, and how to achieve it secondp. 187
Before investing in a brave new world, collect everything worth saving from this onep. 189
The better you prepare, the luckier you'll bep. 192
If at first you don't succeed, look for a better way to do itp. 193
Network to Successp. 194
There are people out there who know things you don'tp. 194
Don't waste your time, or theirsp. 196
Most professional positions are found through networkingp. 199
Networking pays off your investment with interestp. 201
Know your purpose, and communicate it clearlyp. 204
Control Your Interviewsp. 210
Poor interviews may leave you unemployedp. 210
Answer honestly and volunteer nothingp. 213
Preparation will increase your confidencep. 216
Prepare a game planp. 219
Anticipate obvious questionsp. 224
No job is worth misrepresenting yourselfp. 228
Appendixp. 230
Indexp. 235
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