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1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work Paperback – October 1, 1999
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"Bob Nelson's book shows how employees who take initiative not only create value for their organizations, but for themselves personally and professionally." - Dieter Huckestein, President, Hotel Division, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Whether you're an entry-level assistant or a VP working with the CEO, there's only one person responsible for your career--you. And here to help you realize your potential for success is management guru Bob Nelson, bestselling author of the 1001 Ways series. A unique motivational manual, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work brings together hundreds of real-life examples, advice from business leaders, and the author's own techniques and exercises to show readers how to draw on inner creativity, develop self-leadership, set goals, take risks, and sell ideas.
"The biggest mistake you can make in life is to think you work for somebody else." -- Bob Nelson
TAKE ACTION--Elaine Crawford, a secretary at Johnsonville Foods, discovers an overlooked market segment, figures out how to reach it, pushers her idea through, and now runs a $3 million mail-order department.
QUESTION AUTHORITY--Feeling that the corporation is poorly managed, IBM programmer Jay Elliot writes a 20-page detailed letter to chairman Tom Watson, Jr.--and his career skyrockets.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX--Frustrated by bookmarks that keep falling out of his hymnal on Sundays, 3M engineer Art Fry creates the Post-It, today a $300 million business.
TRUST YOUR INTUITION--While still an administrative assistant at Zerox, Joanne Griffin senses opportunity in a project no one wants, directs a team to implement it, and is today a corporate Vice President of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
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Top Customer Reviews
As others have already pointed out, this book consists of anecdotes about people making a difference at work...and that's really it. Some shreds of 'advice' are included, almost seemingly as an afterthought. Save yourself some money and read these kinds of cutesy anecdotes in any number of magazines.
A review of 2 or 3 stars may be defendable but the misleading title annoys me to the point where I took stars away because of it. Not impressed.
For the real deal; for books that REALLY advise you on "Ways to Take Initiative at Work" as well as your career, check out Tom Peters' "The Brand You 50" and Jeffrey Fox's "How to Become CEO." Good luck!
Some of the stories *are* inspiring, but they aren't organized in such a manner that a reader can quickly assess what they address. I don't want to read through 15 anecdotes of how line workers in Wisconsin performed acts normally assigned to management to get the bolts to Michigan overnight-- not when I'm trying to figure out how to break the "we don't do it that way" cycle in my nonprofit association.
If you're pressed for time, leave this one on the shelf.
******As a side note-- "Top 10" reviewer Robert Morris gave this a five-star rating. I noticed that only one out of his last 40 reviews received under five stars-- it got four.********
However, my mind changed last weekend. As a person who temporarily depressed about his career expectations, I took the book from the shelf (you can't imagine the amount of dust it has!! just joking..) and I started to read "Part3: Your Career and Your Life" section of the book. I felt incredible good as there are lots of useful advise I can benefit, there are many people's sincere stories which I can appreciate and respect.
Maybe it is not a perfect book and obviously not written for All time tigers (who want to win-win and win, create hard to believe success stories, then become CEO - till the next lay off and start the game again if any time and energy left!) but it can be a loyal friend of the its owner during all over his/her career. I think it is worth to buy and listen what Bob says...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bunch of short examples. I should have known based in the title. It doesn't dig deep.Published 10 months ago by Houston Traveler
It's OK but not a real page turner as far as motivational books go. JMHO. There are some interesting stories about how employees have helped companies save money or make for better... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Desertrek
I bought this book a while ago with the intent of sitting down with my employees and reading some of the quotes in this book to them with the hope of inspiring them to initiate... Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Andy Teach
This should have been titled, "1001 Ways Other People Took Initiative, But Aren't Applicable To What You Do". Read morePublished on September 23, 2006 by D Lachlan
While "1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work" was an interesting read at first but I eventually put it down for several weeks before forcing myself to continute. Read morePublished on August 8, 2005 by J. Adams
"1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work" by Bob Nelson
There are many good tips in this book, tips on how to best communicate with management, how to most efficiently... Read more