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This career development tool kit is for people who want to take charge of their own professional futures.

If you want to have a career that is meaningful and inspires you, you must prepare for it the same way you would a marathon—developing an overall training plan to carry you through to race day and beyond. This is especially important in today's unpredictable work world, where organizations are in a state of constant flux, and many have either eliminated their employee development programs or adopted a generic, one-size-fits-all approach.

Skills for Career Success maps the strategies and skills you will need to take responsibility for your own future. It provides an overview of career development basics, including how to write an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that is practical and useful to you. The core of the book is an easy-to-navigate catalog of fifty-one critical skills, such as communicating clearly, adapting to situations, advocating for yourself, managing time, and selling your ideas. For each skill, there are actions you can take immediately, ongoing practices, and long-term goals. Beyond the skills, there is advice for keeping your career on track, mapping a path beyond your current job, overcoming personal roadblocks, finding your passion at work, and initiating talent conversations with your manager. There are also guidelines for managers who want to bring out the best in their people.

Book Details
ISBN: 9781523091928
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Formats: Paperback
Product Code: 132101
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Praise for This Book
coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level
“Whether you need a new job or better skills, Skills for Career Success is the reference you need.
Elaine is as encouraging as a best friend but tough enough to hold you responsible for your own
success. This book is a lifeline for people who want to take control of their career.”
coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and Fellow, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University
“Looking for a way to kick your career up a notch? Skills for Career Success provides the road map you need to follow, the fifty-one critical skills you need to master, and six hundred activities you can use to build those skills. We’re not talking amateur here. We’re talking Olympic-level performer. Whether you want to coach others or coach yourself, this is the guidebook you need to have handy when you first set foot on the track . . . and when you return to it every day to stay in shape for the challenging days ahead.”
Board Chair, Sun Valley Culinary Institute; former CEO, Lands’ End; and former co-CEO, Aeropostale
“It’s the most useful resource I’ve seen in years—the table of contents alone is worth the price of the book. It has all the essential topics to set priorities and build your skills to become a driver of your own success. The chapters about your personal style and knowing and improving upon your weaknesses are critical.”
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