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Great Work, Great Career Hardcover – December 15, 2009
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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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However it's like 20,000 feet high, not practical enough. Its tools and examples are there but insufficient to implement the theory well.
I would recommend read other books like value proposition design, what color is your parachute or articles from the muse to complement it.
Overall it's a good book and the concepts is worth a read.
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.
The authors also go into some depth about "Building Your Village"...a 21st century mindset around networking and working through people you know to achieve your goals. The book talks about creating a village through your friends and co-workers but also about about the importance of carving a space out for yourself on the Internet...diving into social networking such as LinkedIn or even Facebook....creating your own webspace by writing a blog about your passion/expertise...maybe even writing an e-book. The authors emphasize that your village should be based on "real" relationships rather than just a bunch of names who can "do something for you"...focus on building that Emotional Bank Account and then use your village to synergistically achieve your goals.
Like many books in this vein, there's not a lot here that felt "revolutionary"...on the contrary, it all felt like "common sense" and a lot of it feels like those "aha" moments where you smile, nod and wonder "why didn't I think of this earlier". The writing style is simple and easy to understand. There are a bunch of inspirational stories and examples and there is plenty of great advice.
So whether you're on the hunt for a job, trying to improve your current position, or self-employed and looking to solidify your own contribution, this book should have something to help you develop, focus on and come up with a plan to achieve your long-term career goals.
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new fresh look on the employers' needs and job requirements of this era.