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"Leave it to Patty Azzarello to turn the secrets of genuine and effective leadership into a practical action plan. Who needs a mentor when you can read this book?"
-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.

About the Author

PATTY AZZARELLO is a successful Silicon Valley executive who now runs her own management consulting company, leading business transformations and positively impacting the careers of thousands of people across the world. She lives in Carmel Valley, California. Visit azzarellogroup.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Ten Speed ed. edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of business books and the few that are good, still usually contain only about a chapter full of useful stuff. Rise is different. It is power-packed with good advice, tips and insights, from someone who's been extremely successful.

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!
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The book is wonderful. The title does not do the content justice. I bought it and it sat for months. Once I started reading I could not put it down. This book is a necessary manual on how to be successful in the corporate world. The author does a wonderful job of explaining how (1) you can't and SHOULDN'T do all the work you are given, (2) how to successfully handle that with your boss, (3) how to move yourself ahead and be a better employee to the company.

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.

Fantastic book.
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If you were wondering, why you got passed over for promotion or why you didn't get your last raise, then Patty will show exactly the reasons. As an employer and business owner, I wish all my staff would read and ACT on the advice found in Rise. The book is not that long and well organized. Its written in clear style that helps move things along and make it highly readable.

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.
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I've spent my entire career as a technical person, doing a great job wherever I've worked (workhorse - see the book for details). I earned my MSIS in an attempt to improve my career. But my career still stalled.

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.
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I love this book and I'm not a big business book reader. In fact, where I work (big corporation) there is always a business book du jour and I find it maddening when management takes 5% of the intended message and applies it for 2 weeks and then back to business as usual. So I've actually avoided many recent business books.

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.
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