What's the hard truth? Soft skills get little respect but will make or break your career. Master your soft skills and really get ahead at work! Fortune 500 coach Peggy Klaus encounters individuals every day who excel at their jobs but aren't getting where they want to go. It's rarely a shortfall in technical expertise that limits their careers, but rather a shortcoming in their social, communication, and self-management behaviors. In The Hard Truth About Soft Skills Klaus delivers practical tools and techniques for mastering soft skills across the career spectrum. She shows how to: manage your workload handle the critics develop and promote your personal brand navigate office politics lead the troops and much more! Klaus reveals why soft skills are often ignored, while bringing their importance to life in her trademark style—straightforward, humorous, and motivating. Perfect for readers at all professional stages—from those who are just starting out to seasoned executives—this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take his or her career to the next level.
Release on 2011-01-16 | by Roberta Chinsky Matuson
Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around
Author: Roberta Chinsky Matuson
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
As companies reorganize and reengineer, thousands of people are finding themselves tossed into management every day. "You may go to bed as a member of the team and wake up to find yourself suddenly in charge," says Matuson. The key to success is managing effectively both up and down the line of organization. And Suddenly in Charge provides this unique approach with two books in one: read it in one direction and you'll find all the tips and tools you need to manage down, establishing credibility with your team and leading in a way that both builds rapport and garners respect. Flip the book over and you'll find success strategies for managing up, interacting successfully with your bosses and developing strong relationships. In the Managing Up side of the this book, you will learn how to manage your relationships and responsibilities as an employee, including how to understand the boss's style of management; deal with dictatorial, indecisive or otherwise difficult bosses; promote yourself; ask for raises; and know when it's time to leave a position. With key learning points, real-life examples and proved strategies for effective communication, Managing Up helps you navigate the world of office politics while staying true to yourself. In the Managing Down side of this book, you will learn how to manage your relationships and responsibilities as a boss, including how to stay sane during conflicts, evaluate performance, and make the hiring and firing process easier and more mutually beneficial. With key learning points, real-life examples and proven strategies for effective communication, Managing Down helps you clearly define your new role and cultivate an environment of engaged, motivated employees.
This book takes a fresh look at how identifying and utilizing role models can benefit your business and life. Through interviews and research, the author identifies the traits, motivations, and personal styles of empowered women entrepreneurs and distills it all into a practical guide that explains how to become a savvy and successful businesswoman.--Adapted from publisher description.
In this comprehensive book, Cooney touches on each facet of being a successful newborn portrait photographer. She begins by outlining the foundation of her business model and provides insight for the reader to establish something similar for their business. Defining your target market and ideal customer profile are essential to guiding your business in the right direction. Cooney focuses her business, and this book, on what she calls a ‘boutique’ brand. These are pricier photo shoots and packages, which require more time and care. Working with clients at this level often creates a lasting relationship and hopefully, repeat business. This is where the branding of your business is so important. Not only can it deliver regular clients, but can also inspire important word-of-mouth references. Emphasizing how important it is for a photography studio to have structure and direction to become and remain successful, Cooney walks the reader through many scenarios that have helped form her business. A strong social media presence, creative marketing & promotions and repeat customers are the key to standing apart from the competition, therefor remaining vital.
Release on 2008-05-01 | by Joan Friedlander,Rosalind Joffe, MEd
Keep Working, Girlfriend!
Author: Joan Friedlander,Rosalind Joffe, MEd
Pubpsher: Demos Medical Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease is a book for women who live with chronic illness, encouraging them to stay employed to preserve their independence and sense of self. Rich with information and inspiration, it is the voice of warmth, wisdom, understanding, and compassion. Filled with tips, tricks and first-person accounts from women who have made similar choices in their own lives, this unique book is a resounding call for self-reliance and resilience. The book identifies the factors that making working particularly difficult for women with autoimmune disease, and then offers practical suggestions to address them. The authors take a hard, yet inspirational look at what it takes be successful in a job, including developing strategies and tactics, evaluating communication skills, building a support team and considerations for self-employment. Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease covers issues such as: The complex nature of autoimmune disease The correlation between disease, diagnosis, and career development How life-changing strategies and concrete tactics can allow you to discover the spirit within
The $100 billion coaching industry has exploded since the 1990s, as harried businesspeople turn to experts to help them make the right decisions and get motivated. And while there are many books on the market teaching the basics of starting a coaching business, this book covers three unique coaching arenas—motivation, life and business. Readers will learn how to master the two separate disciplines of a successful coaching business: the art of motivating clients and the science of running a successful business. They’ll discover how to establish their expertise to find new clients—and how to retain those clients. Smart pricing strategies and creative coaching package ideas will increase entrepreneurs’ revenue potential. Sales and publicity tips will further help entrepreneurs build their business as a motivational, life or business coach, and in-depth explanations of expansion ideas are included to allow readers to go as far as their dreams will take them.
Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers
Author: Lois P. Frankel
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
Before you were told to "Lean In," Dr. Lois Frankel told you how to get that corner office. The New York Times bestseller, is now completely revised and updated. In this edition, internationally recognized executive coach Lois P. Frankel reveals a distinctive set of behaviors--over 130 in all--that women learn in girlhood that ultimately sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills. Stop making "nice girl" errors that can become career pitfalls, such as: Mistake #13: Avoiding office politics. If you don't play the game, you can't possibly win. Mistake #21: Multi-tasking. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it. Mistake #54: Failure to negotiate. Don't equate negotiation with confrontation. Mistake #70: Inappropriate use of social media. Once it's out there, it's hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Mistake #82: Asking permission. Children, not adults, ask for approval. Be direct, be confident.