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From Day One: CEO Advice to Launch an Extraordinary Career

4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0132206860
ISBN-10: 0132206862
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From the Back Cover

In FROM DAY ONE, long-time CEO Bill White reveals the key skills that lead to breakthrough success, and helps integrate them into your repertoire as you manage your career for outstanding results. Discover how to identify the best possible first job, first company, first boss... and get them. Walk in at 9 am on your first day, knowing exactly what it takes to succeed. Leverage the experience of world-class executives and benefit from practical tips about everything from "managing your boss" to networking; learn how to make a superb first impression;  set the best priorities for your first day, week, month; uncover unspoken "local knowledge" about success; make the most of feedback; demonstrate potential without overstepping bounds; strengthen crucial skills, from listening to estimating and forecasting. This is practical, realistic advice straight from the "corner office".

About the Author

William J. White is currently a Professor at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He was named 2001 Professor of the Year and received the 2004 Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Prior to joining Northwestern, White served for eight years as Chairman and CEO of Bell & Howell, where he was responsible for stewarding corporate resources, values, and talent. White also served as a senior executive at Mead and other successful firms. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of seven publicly traded companies, including The Reader's Digest Association, Bell & Howell Company, and Packaging Dynamics Corporation. www.FromDayOne.com


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132206862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132206860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked pretty much everything about From Day One, but I was particularly impressed with Mr. White's Fundamental Habits for Success.

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Listening

Prioritizing

Estimating

Forecasting

Here is a brief summary of each of them:

Reading: You Are What You Read

Read widely. Be an eclectic reader with interests that span a great many fields. Mr. White's suggested must reading list includes: The NY Times, the largest circulation newspaper in your city, publications that have a slant with which you don't agree (for example if you're a liberal, read US News and World Report, if you're a conservative, read Newsweek).

Writing: The Power of the Written Word

Learn how to write well. Be brief. Harry Truman once said "never use two words when one will do". Don't confuse brevity with speed. Often it takes a lot longer to write a succinct report than it doesa long, rambling one. Don't be afraid to let the reader know you care about your topic. Write like you speak -- flowing, conversational, engaging.

Speaking: Mastering the Spoken Word

Become comfortable speaking in public. Do what you have to do to become more at ease in speaking in front of a group. If you are nervous or unsure of yourself, join Toastmasters. Learn to speak well, with emotion and persuasion.

Listening: A (Nearly) Lost Art

Listening is not a passive endeavor. It requires discipline and the full commitment of your brainpower. You can become a better listener by actively engaging with the other person. Observe what the other person has said and where he or she might be going next.
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"From Day One" has plenty of seasoned advice to build up a well-balanced, successful career. Unlike other easygoing how-to articles, this book is written from a long-term perspective. That is, true success comes from setting the company's goals first and working hard to achieve them.

Author's advices are profound, insightful, and thought-provoking. In addition, it contains several true stories from CEOs, including author himself who had held executive positions at many companies. These interesting stories enhance the clarity and cogency of his arguments.

After reading few chapters, you might have an impression that this book is just for students or young businesspersons because it is described in order of career progression. Throughout this book, however, you can learn the way of thinking and mental attitude when you face the DAY ONE in your career - the first step of your next portion of your life.

To sum up, this writing is for people who eager to contribute to the organization and achieve successes both in professional and personal life. Therefore, you will want to read this book over again whenever you come to a significant milestone in your entire career.
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CEO and Professor Bill White's got it right. He nails it. His book FROM DAY ONE explains how corporations tick regarding a new employee. From how to find out what you want to do professionally, to what to do the moment you start a new job, Bill's words of wisdom resonate for anyone looking to start a new job or leave a job they are currently in because they are not happy. It is the perfect tool for anyone currently employed on how to move up the corporate ladder, and how to make networking work for you. It's a terrific book and should be on everyone's must have list.
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William White's book, From Day One, is a very enlightening read for the young professional and recent college graduate. The book is an entertaining explanation of all the things that business people everywhere "wish they knew" back when their careers began. It is chock-full of excellent need-to-know information but is presented in White's conversational style that does not belittle the reader, no matter the level of knowledge with the topics.

White's experience as a CEO as well as a university professor gives From Day One the authority of a business expert and the thouroughness of academia. Recommended highly.
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Looking for your first job? Or maybe you're an experienced professional trying to launch a new career? Whatever your experience or profession, this book has an abundance of helpful information. From building a credible professional reputation, to identifying companies most likely to hire you, William White provides solid tips on effectively marketing yourself. (Reviewed by Marion E. Gold, author of "Personal Publicity Planner: A Guide to Marketing YOU.")
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I just started my new job fresh out of college and I found myself using the things I read in this book towards my career. This book has fantastic career guidance . Each chapter is filled with fact and wisdom. A must read for Seniors, New Hires, et al.
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Anyone starting in a business position after graduation should read this book. Whilst nothing in it is profound, unique or completely unexpected, in total it gives a broad array of advice, tips and ideas to support a successful career start and beyond. If people actually behaved as this book recommended, they would be successful, though of course behaving as the book recommends is not always that easy.

Importantly, 'From Day One' takes a holistic approach to careers, examining healthy and ethical behavior as well as emphasizing balance. As such, this is a career book that does not encourage a blind focus on one's career.

The author gives a number of biographical anecdotes, but also draws on the ideas of others from recruiters to baseball players to substantiate and bring his ideas to life. Reading the perspectives of this broad range of people adds color to a lot of the ideas. Ultimately the ideas are subjective, but the author has substantiated them through his career and the thoughts of those he interviewed.

This is an incredibly well-targeted book, for someone just starting out in a business position after graduation this book should hit them right between the eyes, and they would certainly find several useful ideas in it that they could start apply even in the 30 minutes after they put it down.
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