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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Covey; First edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936111101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936111107
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant! Once again, Stephen Covey, along with Jennifer Colosimo, has tapped into a unique perspective to create a timeless classic. Great Work, Great Career is a very important, convincingly argued, and highly motivating book compelling us all to identify our desired contribution in life, and go after it! This is one of the most encouraging and useful books of our time. ----Rick Smith, author of The LEAP: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great<br /><br />If you want a truly great career starting right now buy this book. Covey and Colosimo will not only change the way you think about your work, they ll also give you the smart tactical guidance you need to get your next big offer. --Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

I urge you to read this remarkable book! It offers the push you need to transform yourself, prosper, and get the career satisfaction you crave. --Roby Ryan, author of 60 Seconds & You're Hired!

If you want a truly great career starting right now buy this book. Covey and Colosimo will not only change the way you think about your work, they ll also give you the smart tactical guidance you need to get your next big offer. --Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

About the Author

Dr. Stephen R. Covey is author of the historic best-seller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and is co-chairman of FranklinCovey. He has worked for decades with leaders of nations and corporations in their quest for great performance. His storied career remains, as he says, forever in crescendo.

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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and co-founder of FranklinCovey Co. He is author of several international bestsellers, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold over 20 million copies. He was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. Dr. Covey holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

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There are a bunch of inspirational stories and examples and there is plenty of great advice.
Chris
Specially the part about finding a career that fits your Talent (what your good at), Passion (what you love to do), and Conscience (what satisfies your Conscience).
Isaiah Schisler
They really nailed the frustration I've had with conversations about the current job market.
Rebecca Hession

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris VINE VOICE on February 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I know many people who are out of work or are dissatisfied with their current jobs. I myself am not actively job hunting nor am I particularly dissatisfied with my job. However, this book can be read, enjoyed and applied by anyone who has an earnest desire to find that "great career" or to create a "great career" at his or her current job. For those job seekers, the end of the book does include some suggestions on crafting a resume, cover letter or even on giving presentations to prospective or current employers outlining your plans for success.

If you have read 'The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People', you'll notice a lot of familiar language.

In discussing the nature of our current economic times, the book talks about such concepts as the "Abundance vs Scarcity Mentality", "Circle of Influence vs Circule of Concern", "Emotional Bank Accounts" and changing our Paradigm to look at the workplace through the lens of the Knowledge Worker age rather than the Industrial Age. The book talks about (though I don't think it ever used the '7 habits' terms) "production vs production capability."

And it spends a considerable amount of time talking about problem solving, identifying needs, turning needs into opportunities and creating your own personal Contribution Statement based on your own strengths, talents, passions and your moral compass or conscience.

The book gives advice for taking that Contribution Statement and actually conducting a "Need-Opportunity" presentation rather than going to job interviews. It presents ideas and methods for helping yourself stand out from the crowd to a prospective employer or even to your current boss. There are suggestions for expanding your "Circle of Influence" to better meet your talents and passions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Schmidt on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Offers a reminder on the following points: 1. What would you do even if you weren't being paid? 2. Draft a contribution statement--how would you solve the company's problems with the specific skills and talents that you bring?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jfcasto on October 3, 2010
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I was confident that Stephen R. Covey would put together a good book, but this one really exceeded my expectations. My resume is so much more powerful than it was before reading this book. I have been invited to interview with every company that has reviewed my resume since I used the techniques in "Great Work, Great Career" to help me reform it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What might sound like a series of clichés coming from a typical business writer could, out of reverence, be called "tapping into the zeitgeist" when it is presented by a bona fide guru. In a quick 156 pages (including a Frequently Asked Questions section), Stephen R. Covey and co-author Jennifer Colosimo work to overturn the ordinary ways people seek and acquire jobs. Like the authors of a diet book, Covey and Colosimo ask you to make healthy choices to shape your work's waistline. Choose a meaningful career, not a job. Think of yourself as a "volunteer," not an employee. Adapt to the "Knowledge Age" and leave behind the "Industrial Age." Use a job interview as a "research opportunity," and see a résumé cover letter as a chance to define yourself as the solution to an employer's problem. Granted, if you don't want to be told to change your paradigm, or to invent your own job if you can't find one, you might want to invest your dimes elsewhere. Then again, if you're tired of the patterns in your professional path, Covey and Colosimo's new career-seeking terminology might be just the jolt you need. Old habits die hard - maybe it's time for some new ones. getAbstract recommends this book to job seekers, bootstrappers, service industry personnel, Covey fanatics and all workers in a rut.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Bowden on February 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource for defining your unique contribution, fine-tuning your resume, and coaching you through a career transition. What I didn't anticipate was the tremendous value for someone not in transition. Great Work Great Career gave me a new ideas for applying my talents, passion, and conscience to my employer's needs, as well as valuable insights into research, proposing solutions, and quantifying my successes. Highly recommend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. B. St Hilaire VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is very inspirational if you are
a. looking to change careers if you are unsatisfied with what you are doing
b. out of work and looking for a career (not just a job)
c. looking for better career opportunities in the company you are in
d. ready to break away from "common" and follow your dreams

If you are looking for a book that will give you prescriptive step-by-step instruction on finding a job, this isn't what this book is meant to do. However, it will get you thinking and it will serve as a motivational pep talk if you are intimidated or unsure.

The overall theme--don't be a victim. Stop saying "my boss has it out for me" or "the economy is bad" or whatever excuses you may come up with. Instead, use your community, your skills and most of all, your passion and interests to find or create your ideal career. Transition yourself from the industrial age way of thinking to the knowledge age. My favorite two quotes from the book: "You are not a 'job description' with legs," and "If you are weak in a hard moment and sleep in instead of getting up, it becomes the first of many little failures."

The key to what makes this book special? The anecdotes that the authors give us to highlight real people that have used their very cool skills to stand out. The next best think about the book? The activities at the end of each chapter that will get you grabbing a pen and paper to dive into your thoughts about how to get your dream career.

The only reason this isn't a 5 star? I would have liked just a little more on resume writing and interviewing. Information is there -- but it could have had a bit more attention. They are both still key skills if your dream job happens to be in a company as opposed to working for yourself.
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