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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ogman Press (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933683007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933683003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Increase your Career Intensity

In his new book, Career Intensity, David Lorenzo challenges readers to channel their passion into a competitive career advantage.

Don’t call David Lorenzo a "workplace warrior." In the vocabulary of this business performance strategist, a workplace warrior is someone who just puts in his time on the job, watching the clock and collecting his paycheck. Lorenzo is anything but a nine-to-fiver, as evidenced by his meteoric career and his passion for motivating the workplace warriors of this world to embrace a process of continuous self-improvement and engage in what he terms "career intensity."

Throughout his career, Lorenzo has taken note of the strategies and continuous improvement models that helped companies chart paths toward success. He has also studied the mindsets and attitudes of the movers and shakers in those companies – the super-achievers who seem to have a competitive advantage over the rank and file. He has found that highly successful individuals employ many of the same mechanisms that companies use to position themselves in the marketplace. Using this as his framework, Lorenzo has formulated and mapped out personal strategies that virtually every person can use to take control of his career, gain personal fulfillment, and enjoy financial success. Those strategies can be found in Lorenzo’s soon to be published book, Career Intensity (Ogman Press, 2006).

The theory behind Lorenzo’s career strategies lies in the changing nature of the business world. Past generations could spend their entire work lives with a single employer that looked out for their employees’ best interests in exchange for company loyalty. In contrast, businesses today concentrate on both their current bottom line and their ability to sustain growth and profitability for the long term. As a result, the focus has shifted from businesses balancing the needs of their employees against the needs of their bottom lines to a nearly exclusive focus on how the individual can best serve the needs of the company.

Who, then, is ensuring that the needs of the employee are met in this "Individual Economy"? According to Lorenzo, when it comes to managing their careers, today’s successful businesspeople – even those in corporate America – are thinking like entrepreneurs. "They don’t wait for a roadmap to guide them or for a supervisor to tell them what to do," he says. "They work to increase their individual value and differentiate themselves from their competition by staying out in front of the latest initiatives."

According to Lorenzo, these achievers continuously analyze their performances and adjust and improve them accordingly. "In two words, they implement the practice of career intensity," he says. "In using this approach, they are rewarded with promotions and advancement. In effect, they are building equity in themselves – and that equity is portable." He postulates that this is why today, a successful 40-year career is likely to include tenure at multiple companies and a personal competitive advantage gained from focusing on value creation through continuous individual improvement.

In order to emulate the success of today’s top achievers, Lorenzo advocates that businessmen and businesswomen position themselves in such a way as to generate individual value within their organizations. "People in the workforce fall into one of four categories," he says. "They are either workplace warriors, management mavericks, intrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs. Only two of those categories generate individual value – the intrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs."

Lorenzo describes workplace warriors as the backbone of any large organization. The workplace warrior puts in his time and may provide essential services to his company, but has little individual value. Although he has little tolerance for risk and has a perception of job security, the workplace warrior is subject to staff reduction from budget cuts or outsourcing. "With a little training and development, the workplace warrior is replaceable," says Lorenzo.

While management mavericks are not risk-adverse, they have a tendency to move forward and implement solutions without the support of team members and superiors. Lorenzo says that a management maverick is often perceived as a rogue, whose value is often misunderstood or unrecognized by those in authority. "Often, her own perception of the value she is creating is greater than the perceptions of her supervisors or customers," Lorenzo says.

According to Lorenzo, the intrepreneur generates tremendous value within an organization. He’s similar to an entrepreneur in many respects, although his low tolerance for risk makes him feel more comfortable working in a corporate environment. "The future is bright for the intrepreneur," says Lorenzo, "since he consistently develops new ways to improve the value of his company’s business, is a master persuader, and gains advocates along the way."

The entrepreneur is also a value-creator, although instead of creating value for a company, she creates value for her customers. She typically demonstrates a high level of risk tolerance that comes from the confidence she has in herself and in her team. "The entrepreneur has the ability to change or disrupt an entire industry," says Lorenzo. "For example, a drycleaner who provides same-day service and stays open until 9:00 p.m. to catch people returning home late from work could blow her competition out of the water."

In Career Intensity, Lorenzo outlines the universal drivers of career value upon which all workplace warriors or management mavericks who aspire to be successful intrepreneurs or entrepreneurs should focus. They include being persistent, adopting a strategic mindset, developing and working toward meaningful goals, and using preparation to take advantage of opportunity. He places equal emphasis on demonstrating and promoting the value that is created. These drivers of value perception include leveraging the personal brand, building a web of advocates to get the word out, and pitching ideas to others in ways that will make them more receptive to the personal branding message. Ultimately, though, Lorenzo’s message is simple. "I want to help people create value, capitalize on opportunity, and always let the world know how great they truly are!"

From the Inside Flap

It's Sunday evening and you've just finished eating dinner. Your weekend is behind you and the coming workweek looms large. Tentacles of dread creep over you as you feel that all-too-familiar dull pain in the pit of your stomach. The ache and anxiety are signals that you've strayed from the path of your career potential.

You know what you want. You want a fantastic, engaging, productive, and financially rewarding career that fits in with your life goals. Other people have achieved this kind of success. What is it that separates the best from the rest? More importantly, how can you join this group of achievers and reap the satisfaction and rewards that they so obviously enjoy?

The hallmark of successful entrepreneurs and top corporate executives is Career Intensity – the drive for continuous individual improvement. Super-achievers are highly self-aware, know their strengths and weaknesses, and recognize and aggressively pursue business opportunities. They channel their passion into an emotional competitive advantage that makes them unstoppable.

Career Intensity isn't a genetic trait; it's a strategy that you can learn and employ in order to find your way back to the path of your career potential. From there, you can go on to achieve the success you so richly deserve.

This book is designed to level the playing field. It is a guide that will provide you with the framework to begin a lifelong process of continuous improvement and growth. You will apply principles and best practices used by business superstars to your own life and for your own benefit. Just as super-achievers draw a straight line from where they are to where they want to be, Career Intensity will maximize your career value and unwaveringly guide you to your dreams.


More About the Author

It is my mission in life to help individuals and organizations realize their full potential. Everything I do relates back to this core belief in some way. As a strategist, I help companies map out a path toward success. As an author, I share my experiences with my readers in the hope that they can use some of the information in my book to create the career of their dreams. As a blogger, I interact with my readers and find out what is important to them and I serve as a catalyst for conversations in those areas.

My Blogs are:

The Career Intensity Blog - which is an ongoing discussion about business strategy for workplace warriors and entrepreneurs.

The Sales Intensity Blog - is a website dedcated to helping salespeople, business owners and independent professionals drive revenue.

My first book: Career Intensity: Business Strategy for Workplace Warriors and Entrepreneurs was published in May 2006.

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Take charge of your career and buy this book!
Travis A. Sinquefield
Lorenzo provides concrete ideas and steps to take that will show you how to ignite your career and "brand" yourself for business success.
Catherine Kaputa
I found the book to be an easy, quick and enjoyable read.
Dan

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert Marcus on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book will motivate you to take action.

Even if you're happy with your career, you will benefit from the hundreds (literally) of great ideas in this book. David V. Lorenzo has assembled some great advice and wrapped it in a continuous improvement model.

Although the book contains several concepts that will not be foreign to business book diehards, Lorenzo applies them in unique ways. His focus is firmly on individual career success with an entrepreneurial twist.

Even with the discount this book is a little on the pricy side but I promise you it is worth every penny. The inspiration you derive from the author's ideas and examples will return your investment in spades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Sansone on June 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a playbook for mapping out your present and future. Whether you're in a cubicle or a cab, the front office or a home office, David Lorenzo's Career Intensity will light a fire.

If you're an employee, this book will give you ideas on how to own your career as if you owned the business - and how to profit from that attitude. If you're an entrepreneur, this book will give you insight on how to master the random encounters at your favorite coffee shop and generate buzz for your business.

With a mix of Zig Ziglar's love for life and Tom Peter's lust for life, I encourage everyone to read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff G on June 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are thinking about starting your own business, I highly recommend this book.

Career Intensity is a motivational how-to guide to taking control of your career. While the author is clearly partial to entrepreneurship, I agree that starting a business is the best way to control your own destiny.

I found David Lorenzo's idea of building a personal brand to be particularly fascinating. It is a concept that recent graduates and seasoned professionals should both take seriously.

Career Intensity offers many useful tips and tactics to help you build a successful career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Gerbyshak on June 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Career Intensity is more than a book, it's a GUIDEBOOK to help you take your career from boring to blazing, in easy to understand and implement ways. If you're looking to amp up your career, you MUST READ Career Intensity. Many books promise great things; this book actually delivers on them. Read and implement this book in June; see results in July! WOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank on May 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. It provides great insight into the key success factors of selling yourself and your business.

The chapters on building a personal brand, creating buzz and mastering persuasion are worth the price of the book.

This is a fantastic how-to manual combined with positive inspirational stories of real people everyone can relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Garrison on May 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read the author's blog everyday and I was really looking forward to the release of this book.

I was not disappointed. This book is terrific.

This is a how-to manual for running your career - and even you life. I say this because many of Lorenzo's ideas can be applied to several aspects of life. When you first sit down and begin to read the introduction, you feel like you are having a conversation with a friend. This tone continues throughout the entire book. Lorenzo is positive, upbeat and very focused on helping you make the most of what you have to offer.

My favorite parts of the book were:

1. The information on personal branding. This is outstanding advice. We all need to remember that perception (of us) is reality.

2. Creating buzz. This section appears to be designed for entrepreneurs but even people who work in the corporate world will benefit from the way the author breaks down word of mouth.

3. Preparation. This section is a goldmine of information for anyone who ever attends a meeting.

Seth Godin was right. On the back cover he says that the first chapter of this book might be the most important thing you read this year or even this decade. I agree. I am going to recommend that my company give this book to every new hire and college intern. Maybe even some of us old-timers can learn a thing or two from Lorenzo's insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on May 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is easily the best career book I have ever read. It is more like a personal marketing handbook. College graduates and mid-career professionals will all benefit from the wisdom contained in this short powerful book.

The author takes some tried and true business principles and applies them to the careers of individuals. This is a great idea. If it works for a business, why can't it work for a person?

I found the book to be an easy, quick and enjoyable read.

My only "knock" on it (and it is a minor one) is that I was looking for some action items after I finished reading it. The book had me so inspired that I wanted to go out and make changes in my career right away but I didn't know where to start. This might be by design - Can anyone say Career Intensity workbook? Somehow I see one in our future.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be successful. Even if you're happy in your career, this book is a must read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Rossi on June 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Career Intensity will help you get off your [...] and get going. The advice it contains is valuable and effective. The most valuable attributes of this book are the positive tone and the inspirational stories. This is not an elitist manifesto that tells you how great the author is. It is a practical, down-to-earth guide that is beneficial to individuals in a corporate setting as well as people who are looking to start a business.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make money and be happy doing it.
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