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Take Yourself to the Top Paperback – August 18, 2005
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Berman Fortgang says you need to identify the hurdles that are holding you back--even if it's a boss more cognitively absent than Dilbert's--and then do something about them. That's easier said than done. She's also big on making a five-year plan, something that may actually require hours of self-analysis and/or the assistance of a career counselor. But for anyone who feels in a rut but is also truly devoted to investing the time it takes to improve professionally and is willing to take risks, Take Yourself to the Top could be the answer. Berman Fortgang writes like a kinder, gentler Tony Robbins; you get the sense that she's genuinely concerned with bringing out the best in people. And there's targeted information in here for everyone: salespeople, workers on the verge of burnout, wishful entrepreneurs, and those just struggling to make ends meet. Admittedly, the advice in this book takes much more self-discipline to follow than would a dozen sessions with a personal coach egging you on in person or over the phone, but then, you also save the $200-a-session fee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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-Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fortgang's challenge: "If you are willling to take charge of your career like never before, if you're prepared to be responsible for the choices you make and you have the guts to have it all, then get ready to take yourself to the top."
Coaches and clients alike will benefit from the wit and wisdom found in Take Yourself to the Top. Some of what you'll learn includes:
* How to acheive the elusive gift of self-discipliine.
* Identify and overcome obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals.
* Get what you want AND want what you have.
* Give up the "survival mode mentality".
* Create quality relationships that can rocket you to the top
Take Yourself to the Top fills a void in the traditional career/business success advice by providing "Coaching wisdom" from one of the best! For those folks interested in building a successful business, I'll leave you with a piece of advice from Laura Berman Fortgang:
"Wait for a miracle and it will never come. Take responsibility and you'll invite a miracle!
Executive Coach - Author of "Take Time For Your Life" (Broadway Jan. 99')
1- "If you are feeling stuck, you've got only yourself to thank. It means you missed signs that a change was due. You ignored the signs that were loudly screaming, "No, try something else!"not necessarily a new job, but a new strategy, tack, or latent skill. If you feel stuck, somewhere along the way you decided to put up with a lot--for whatever reason--and you have started sinking deeper and deeper into the Unconscious Zone."
2- "Being a workaholic and deriving your value from how much you can rush through in a day and how many problems you can solve go hand in hand. If you can come to define yourself by who you are and not what you do, you'll be able to master your addictions to adrenaline and problems, and you'll be able to step off the treadmill for good. You'U establish a higher quality of life, and you'll have the room to be the kind of leader you want to be...The next step in shedding your constant overwhelming and workaholic-on-a-treadmill tendencies will be valuing other people and including them in your success."
3- "Increasing your leadership role in an organization should not mean taking on more than you can bear. It means increasing your scope and vision until you can effect the greatest change."
4- "Get What You Want and Want What You Have: 1. Recognize and give up external expectations. 2. Start living by your internal wishes (what you really want). 3. Identify your values. 4. Reorient your life and work around your values. 5. Create a crossover plan if you need to. 6. Schedule a weekly time to review and strategize the implementation of your plan. 7. Get a lot of support. 8. Celebrate your new life!"
6- "Go from Being Jammed to Being a Rainmaker: 1.Read more ›
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have only skimmed the book so far but plan to apply the principlesPublished 12 months ago by Debbie
AWESOME BOOK! I can only suggest for you to get it, read, think about it and ... take yourself to the top!Published on May 22, 2011 by gmferre
I got this first book from curiosity. Good choice even if is written in 1998.
Good job Laura!
This was the first book on Coaching & "ra-ra" do-it-yourself coaching - that i bought. I must admit if you're looking for tools & techniques, charts & diagrams - then go somewhere... Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Amazon Customer
The book is a quick read and offers practical advice. It's a good place to start if you are thinking about a change. Read morePublished on March 18, 2006 by R. Monique
Fortgang's workout Life Blueprint style is all about the doing, proving you're serious with action, and making choices based on gut instincts. Read morePublished on March 19, 2005 by Pacific Writer
I read Amazon's excerpt and a couple of recommendations I thought I could trust before buying this book. It's worthless, obvious, hype-yourself-up, tired "advice. Read morePublished on September 16, 2003
When I read LBF's book for the first time (because I did read it a few times after that) I said to myself: this woman is very aggressive. Read morePublished on November 23, 2002 by Thei Zervaki