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The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done Hardcover – July 21, 2020
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Silver Medal Winner for Best Career Book in the 2021 Axiom Business Book Awards
"Tulgan's book is timely, relevant, and appealing" — Financial Times
Advance Praise for The Art of Being Indispensable at Work:
"Bruce Tulgan analyzes, provides vignettes, and summarizes for us the essence of how to be that indispensable go-to person. Do you want to be a better leader, a better performer, perhaps number one in your peer group? Read this book." — Greg Lengyel, Major General, US Air Force, Retired; former Deputy Commanding General, US Joint Special Operations Command; and Vice President, Sandoval Custom Creations, Inc.
"This could be the most practical and immediately usable book I've ever read. Tulgan has found a way to boil down the most complicated and delicate balance inherent in saying yes and no, making commitments, and managing expectations." — Eric Hutcherson, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, National Basketball Association
"For anybody at any level in any organization who wants to be that indispensable go-to person, read this book. Tulgan's research-based approach will show you how to lead from wherever you are—up, down, sideways, or diagonal." — Ray Blanchette, President and CEO, TGI Fridays
"Bruce Tulgan does it again. By zeroing in on the behaviors that make the most successful people tick, he highlights the key attributes that are critical to survive and thrive, despite the challenges." — Susan Unvarsky, Vice President, US Customer Service, Prudential Financial
"The Art of Being Indispensable at Work is a must-read. Bruce Tulgan reminds us that seemingly small actions can make such a huge difference! Great concepts in a practical and pragmatic approach to becoming that 'go-to' person at work." — Vanessa Boulous, Chief Operations Officer, YMCA Retirement Fund
"A must-read how-to guide for understanding the positive power of attitude, influence, teaming, collaboration, building professional relationships, and being a leader in developing a culture of excellence." — Kevin Jacobsen, Brigadier General, US Air Force, Retired; former 16th Commander (Special Agent), Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and Managing Director, Ernst & Young
"Tulgan provides step-by-step instruction on building the relationships that drive success, as well as the answers to questions you didn't know to ask. With this guide, anyone can start building an upward spiral of real influence." — Kymberlee Dwinell, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation
About the Author
Bruce Tulgan is a bestselling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He has worked with thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations, from Aetna to Walmart, the US Army to the YMCA. He lectures at the Yale School of Management and is the author of several books, including the bestselling It's Okay to Be the Boss and Not Everyone Gets a Trophy. He is the founder and Chairman of RainmakerThinking Inc.
You can find more about Bruce Tulgan at:
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press; 1st edition (July 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1633698491
- ISBN-13 : 978-1633698499
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tulgan emphasizes that businesses today are using a collaborative model instead of an hierarchical model. This flatter organizational chart can provide opportunities for more cross-departmental projects and collaboration. But cross-departmental projects can lead to confusion as to who is in charge and who has authority over projects. With this collaborative work environment in mind, Tulgan emphasizes the importance of working both vertically with a boss or supervisor and individuals whom report to you as well as sideways and diagonally with individuals in other departments. In all of these relationships Tulgan encourages readers and provides a blue print to become a go-to person who gets things done fast, right, and on time.
From page one until the end of the book, Bruce Tulgan provides practical how-tos and examples everyone can understand and relate to--in fact you will recognize yourself or someone you work with in the examples. While published by a noted business publishing company, this book is not limited to people who work in an office setting or are business executives. This is demonstrated by the fact that Tulgan uses examples drawn from the medical field and manual labor including ditch digging in addition to traditional businesses. The Art of Being Indispensable at Work is highly recommended as a textbook or as a book to read with colleagues. While some might want to keep the secret to being indispensable to themselves, Tulgan encourages that a true indispensable person helps others to become indispensable as well. Buy this book for yourself and for everyone in your office and learn how to work better and smarter regardless of your position.
So how do you become indispensable? Stop being a “Yes” person. There is only so much time in a day. The best advice is finish what you start—on time and within budget. “Real influence is the holy grail of the true go-to person.” How? Always be professional, use rational persuasion, and help others succeed. But especially mind your attitude.
These and other ideas, all with the ring of truth, are described within The Art of Being Indispensable at Work. An excellent gift for new graduates but also for friends who are feeling stuck in their job with no chance at promotion. 4 stars!
Thanks to Harvard Business Review Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
For example change your attitude. Modify your mindset. If you are a “Yes” person, well you need to revisit this. There is only so much time on that clock per day and if you are a yes person, are you able to commit and get that which you have committed yourself to, over the finish line? Don’t say yes to everything.
Start somewhere. Start your journey here! If you are already on your path, well here is another tool for the toolbox! Get after it folks! You are worth the investment. Pick up a copy for the recently graduated in your life too! Help them build their toolbox!
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This books gives a step by step guide of how to approach the inner workings of a corporate life and practice “gotoism” to get ahead and establish yourself as a valuable player.