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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

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Do you have a good career, a mediocre career, or a great career? How do you know? And just how do you create a great career? Whether you're looking for a job or want to make the job you already have more meaningful, this book is for you. *CREATE A GREAT CAREER Your job will be a great job because you are the one doing it! You'll make a great contribution rather than just filling a job description. *KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS You bring a unique, unreproducible combination of talent, passion, and conscience to the world of work. *DEFINE YOUR CAUSE The business world teems with fascinating challenges and opportunities. You'll find the cause that matters most to you. *BUILD YOUR VILLAGE you'll create your own community of people who can help you in your great-and whom you can help in turn. *MASTER THE JOB - SEARCH PROCESS you'll make a resume that actually work for you and never suffer through a job interview again.
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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: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is a principle centered focus on carreer advancement and contribution. The way this book shows a simple incremental plan for putting your career into persective and how much you can control of it, if you know how; makes this a valuable tool for any employee with an actual job or in search of one. Alos, general management and HR managers will find this principles and tools very powerfull in terms of developing a strong working force driven by the right working habits.
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By Chase on December 15, 2015
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Amazing read, I am college student preparing to enter into my career path soon. After reading this book I feel a lot more confident in my ability to make a meaningful contribution in my field of work. With the new mind set created by this book I no longer feel paralyzed in finding a great career.
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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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Really enjoyed all the great information. 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). Stephen also makes some great points on finding a job and standing out in an interview.
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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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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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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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