A career advisor explains why many talented, hardworking people often miss out on their full career potential, revealing the tells, blind spots, secrets, and unspoken rules you need to know in order to play the game to win.
While many careers have been impacted by economic downturns, failed projects, downsizing and restructuring, or just bad bosses or bad timing, we all know of colleagues who continue to rise through every tough situation. Most assume that they have advantages that protect them - degrees from the right schools, great mentors, influential friends and family, or just better luck. But these hypersuccessful professionals have faced setbacks, too. Instead of allowing challenges to derail their rises, they've learned how to manage them better.
In Workplace Poker, Dan Rust gives you the strategies you need to accelerate your career and prevent setbacks from stalling your progress or spiraling it downward. The trick, he reveals, is to "play the game under the game" - to think more deeply and act more strategically. If you are talented, ambitious, and hardworking but feel your career just isn't accelerating as rapidly as it should or as fast as you would like it to, this book is for you. If you have been frustrated to see others (less talented, who don't work as hard as you do) achieve rapid professional progress while your career stalls out, this book is for you. If you've been annoyed by those who are successful primarily because of where they went to school, family connections, or financial resources, this book is for you.
Rust gives you the insight and skills you need to transform yourself and adapt to and survive any hurdle - to turn every adversity into advantage and every struggle into strength, including:
In his smart, funny, relatable voice, Rust shares stories of individuals who have applied these capabilities in real-world situations and provides short, focused exercises to help you think about yourself and your own career. With Workplace Poker, you'll learn how to get out of your own way and find the success you deserve.
©2016 Dan Rust (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Solid Advice and Good Example Stories"
This book is in the top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.
The section about creating a performance portfolio and using it during annual reviews.
No, I have not listened to any of Dan or Rick's other books before. I will be seeking them out though, that's for sure.
No, but I was always happy when it was time to listen again. I listen on my way into work each morning and I always arrived at work with a positive attitude and ideas for building my career.
Lots of good resources on the website that are referenced in the book.
"Put to practice, the principles are sound"
Again, you have to put the principles to practice for this to be effective. easy listen, with some insightful stories. Glad to have downloaded it.
"If you want to climb the ladder of success..."
... then read (listen to) this (audio)book.
A co-worker referred this book to me a week before he was promoted to a sales supervisor position. I recommend taking your time with this book and have a pen and paper ready to answer some of the questions posed by the author as they come up. The book is very entertaining and an easy/fun read (listen).
"Great insight into taking control of your career"
Loved the book, couldn't stop listening. Top notch stories and thoughts for multiple situations. .
"This is a different kind of book."
The author really is quite the raconteur and sheds light on many of the workplace situations we deal with in our career. Different perspectives are key and understanding how to handle yourself in common circumstances at work is imperative for success. Great book and I have sent it to numerous friends.
"Wish I would have read this 20 years ago...."
This book has so much information and it is so helpful . For anyone who has been confused by the political games that are played at work, this book should be mandatory reading! It not only has a lot of information, but it also has practical information and practical steps that you can take today.
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