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Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals Paperback – August 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937387496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937387495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Al Coleman is a highly-awarded lawyer, professor and writer living near St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and three beautiful children. A devoted mentor to a multitude of exceptional emerging leaders in business, law, government, non-profits, the arts and science throughout the country. He wrote Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals to candidly share principles of personal, professional and financial success with tomorrow’s leaders. In his current role as Director and Senior Corporate Counsel at a leading U.S. tax and business consulting firm, Al advises, manages or supports a full range of business and legal issues including, complex commercial transactions and corporate strategy, advertising and marketing review and approval, intellectual property development and portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, and resolution of complex commercial disputes. To relax, Al enjoys traveling, cooking, golfing and spending time with friends and family—or any combination of these activities.

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Al Coleman Jr. is a highly-awarded lawyer, professor and writer living near St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and three beautiful children. A devoted mentor to a multitude of exceptional emerging leaders in business, law, government, non-profits, the arts and science throughout the country. His writing candidly shares principles of personal, professional and financial success with tomorrow's leaders.

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The book is well organized.
Dawn W
Hopefully, when I do look back, I'll have achieved the success in both my personal and professional life that I believe this book will help me achieve.
Young Professional
This book should be in all college campus bookstores and required reading for graduating seniors and young professionals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sellano on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Al Coleman accurately captures first generation professional's potential mistakes and addresses how to avoid them. I read the book in one sitting, wishing I had a book like this much sooner in life. I have it now! It is a must read for every young and old professional in America today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn W on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
It would be great if High Schools taught the pragmatic lessons contained in Coleman's book Secrets To Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals. One can only imagine the benefit that would come from the empowered students - for both the students and their communities.

Until that day comes, this is a wonderful book to place in the hands of young people who are beginning their adult journey. Coleman has written this for "New and First Generation Professionals" - young adults who do not have the advantage of a lineage of professionals within their family to mentor them - but this slim but packed volume is beneficial to any reader.

The book is well organized. Following the ancient advice of `begin with the end in mind' - Coleman encourages his readers to "talk to the Future You". Following the development of that important vision and goal - it makes sense to then exercise education principles, professional principles and financial principles (which are the titles of the following chapters).

The advice contained within the book is certainly not limited to benefitting only young adults. It's a great read for all ages (I'm in my fifties) and pausing a moment to consider the questions posed in the book - would be a great way to begin to zero in on new year's resolutions.

This would make a wonderful graduation gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Professional on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. As a young professional, this book was exactly what I needed to read. Trying to navigate the avenues of young professionalism is a daunting task, but this book provided some amazing tips on how to keep afloat.

In five or six years, I think I will look back on this purchase and be thankful that I was able to read it before it was too late. Hopefully, when I do look back, I'll have achieved the success in both my personal and professional life that I believe this book will help me achieve.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Dude on September 21, 2012
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My first impressions of this title left me with high expectations. As a first generation college grad this book seemed like a highly informative, novel concept. However, this title could not be more flawed.

The title is very misleading. This book contains few actual tips or actual advice. Instead the author opts for a string of poorly constructed, marginally relevant notes from his father's career. While a narrative of this nature could have been useful, the authors attempt to weave personal stories into a roadmap for success results in a jumbled mess. In more deft hands, or with the benefit of a skilled editor, this title could live up to its pitch. However, Coleman's prose reads like a collection of copied and pasted Glassdoor.com articles, and leaves his work as a complete failure.
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