I'm the Boss of Me A Guide to Owning Your Career

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-06-27
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press

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If you’re like most people, you’ve had good bosses and bad bosses. Some bosses have inspired you. Others have caused you to scratch your head and think, “How did this person get to be in charge?” But you might not realize that you have one amazing boss, someone who’s capable of incredible accomplishment and legendary leadership, probably the best boss you’ll ever have…YOU! Yes, you. There will always be bosses, teachers, parents, and others to whom you are accountable. All those people will influence and guide you. But only you can choose your ultimate course—and I’m the Boss of Me will show you how.


Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn left childhood behind when she became fatherless at age 12. From this financially unstable starting point, which she calls contrast, Jeanne developed a philosophy of life based on love and meeting life’s challenges with resilience and a deep willingness to learn. Now with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in the technology industry and having founded the Internet of Things Talent Consortium, Jeanne shares career-building lessons, strategies, and tactics, interspersed with stories about how she and others have used contrast, courage, resilience, and persistence to propel themselves forward into stellar careers in music, sports, real estate, technology, and many other fields.


With a passion for mentoring others, Jeanne offers this guide to developing a self-empowered approach to work, career, and life. The book delivers easy-to-follow instruction on how to


  • Build a Vision-Strategy-Execution plan
  • Develop a personal brand statement
  • Use networking to develop a bench of supporters who will help you bring your career dreams to reality

Visit Jeanne at jeannedunn.com and https://www.facebook.com/jbeliveaudunn


Author Biography

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is a recognized thought-leader on the workforce of the future and an expert in education, the social enterprise, and knowledge systems. As a recognized expert in the workforce of the future, she consults and presents to business and government leaders across the globe. She was recognized as one of “The 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the National Diversity Counsel, which features the most influential female executive leadership across America’s leading corporations.


During her 20-year career with Cisco, Jeanne brought the first social education system in the industry to market in 2008 (The Cisco Leaning Network). In 2015 while finishing this book, she founded The Internet of Things Talent Consortium to empower and accelerate a more agile workforce in the digital economy.


At Cisco, Jeanne’s work is best described as helping customers and partners be successful, creating capabilities and innovative new services and solutions, moving through disruptive changes in technology, identifying new market opportunities, and helping others to disrupt business models and create growth opportunities. In other words, she’s on a crusade to move the entire technology industry forward.


But, she doesn’t want to stop with the industry. Jeanne has a passion for mentoring people. This book is her way of doing that at scale. Her philosophy of self-empowerment and love fuels her professional and personal calling to help people develop themselves and their careers, work together, collaborate, innovate, and be better together.


Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is Chief Knowledge Officer at Cisco, VP and GM of Cisco Services and President and Chairman of Internet of Things Talent Consortium. She also serves on a number of advisory boards for organizations committed to continuous learning and talent. She lives in Northern California with her husband Larry and their four-legged furry child Hunter.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 You Are Who You Are Because of Your Choices

Chapter 2 You Are a Work in Progress—Challenge Yourself to Get Better

Chapter 3 Do You Know What You Want from Your Career and Life?

Chapter 4 Vision Strategy Execution

Chapter 5 Becoming Your Vision: Aligning Your Behavior

Chapter 6 Becoming Your Vision II: Articulating Your Brand and Building Your Bench

Chapter 7 Attitude, Altruism, and Altitude

Chapter 8 Myths and Murders: Getting Past Roadblocks and Barriers

Chapter 9 Planning and Making Choices

Chapter 10 Self-Leadership 2.0: Success in the Face of Obstacles

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