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Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life Paperback – May 1, 2012
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-Debra Chrapaty, CIO, Zynga
"I often get midlevel managers asking me how they can crack into the next level, and I have had many managers who don't ask and get stuck. Rise is the definitive guidebook to create a breakout moment in almost any career."
-Rob Meinhardt, GM, Dell
"Did you ever wish someone would just write down what you have to do to get promoted? Rise lays it out for you. It's easy to read, easy to implement, and tested in the real world. Read this book, or else work for someone who did."
-Jim Davis, CEO, Verified Person, Inc.
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This isn't some laundry list of what characteristics winners possess. This is what YOU can do to be successful at work and outside of work. It assumes you're in a job with too many demands, too little time, not enough budget/resources and management that may not always have your best interests at heart. Sound familiar? It also assumes you have a life outside of work that matters, maybe even more than your job does. Each chapter has tons of "how to" tips with great stories. Extremely pragmatic and useful. My go-to, give-away book. Read it!
Over my 20+ years in the business world I have see these techniques used by successful executives. I have also seen unsuccessful executives not use these techniques. This is the first time I have seen anyone articulate these necessary skills.
I will bribe my kids to read it when they are old enough.
I WISH I had this book 20 years ago.
Please give a copy to young adults as they enter into their careers.
Patty Azzarello, in Rise, points out opportunities for improvement. She's written an easy-to-read book that opened my eyes on what I've been doing wrong. DO, LOOK, and CONNECT struck a chord and her chapters on Working the Right Way inspired me. Based on her writing, I've already started taking control of my work priorities. I'm going to improve my appearance and start being proactive, too.
In short, Patty points out that Managers and Executives think and act differently. You must have the right connections to find those jobs, and a different mindset and skill set to achieve great things once you land the job.
I highly recommend reading this book to fellow technically-trained and technically-minded people. It'll improve your current job and help you see your WORKHORSE traits. It'll also set you up for success when you decide to take that step into Management and Leadership.
This book contains not only career advice, but a concrete step-by-step plan to advance your career and contribute to your organization in the highest way.
If you are an employer, I recommend reading it so you understand your biases for advancing staff and how to coach your staff to achieve more.
Thanks Patty. Invaluable stuff.
I happened upon this book on my Kindle as a recommended book while looking at another book. I downloaded the sample because I found the topic compelling. It's actually been a page turner for me. Truly. Is this the Twilight for business geeks with a life? It might be. Apologies for that reference.
This type of management in my organization does not exist - which explains alot. I'm very anxious to apply the skills I've read here to my career and see what happens. I'm a workhorse now (see book for definition!) so we'll see what I can do about wiggling out of that. After reading this I can see how each person in my leadership organization fits and what they're doing wrong (and why I'm frustrated to report to them).
Patty's references to the people who make you crazy and how to deal with them, ignore them, or learn from them make me far more equipped and actually hopeful. I now have a better understanding of what someone else did and how it worked for them.
Also a fault in my organization is mistaking movement with progress. Patty refers to that as output not being the equivalent of an outcome. Her examples are excellent. I feel hopeful now that even though in my organization you're expected to work 60+ hours a week as you move up even to low level management, it's not necessarily how I have to work if I focus on outcomes rather than output. This is a huge revelation for me knowing that it's ok to not just comply with how so many others choose to hand over their life for a company car. I never want to sign up for that, I kind of like hanging out with my family.
The range of topics and their real world application is very impressive. I've already bought a copy for my little sister and recommended it to a few colleagues. I even made the tuna recipe in the back. Is there a single part of this book that I won't recommend? No, even the tuna was great.
As for me, I'll update this review in about 5 years to let you know how it worked out.