You can't win a fight with your boss.
If you have ever thought otherwise, then you're dead wrong. And you're career is over, too.
In this lively guide to surviving the pitfalls of the modern corporate environment, Tom Markert, a senior executive at information giant ACNielsen, presents 56 practical rules that every employee, manager, and executive must follow in order to find corporate success.
With rules such as "Work hard and smart" and "Find a good boss" Markert addresses some of the most important questions facing corporate executives today. Here, in colorful and inspiring language, he offers practical advice on how to impress and make your boss look good, how to position yourself for success, and how to address work and social situations that every employee must conquer.
And, most important, Markert covers the number one question in any employee's mind: How do I work with my boss? Here, this book becomes an indispensable guide to corporate life.
Markert draws on his experience to illustrate these rules with telling, and often funny, anecdotes about people who have not followed the rules and paid the ultimate corporate price -- failure, embarrassment, and a career stopped dead in its tracks.
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Tom Markert is CEO of Ipsos Loyalty Worldwide, a Market Research provider to many Fortune 500 companies and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of State Auto, a publicly traded property and casualty insurer based in Columbus, Ohio. He has held leadership positions at ACNielsen, Citicorp, and Procter & Gamble and has held positions on the board of directors of the Australian professional basketball team the Sydney Kings and the American Chamber of Commerce in New South Wales, Australia. He lives in Connecticut.From Booklist:
Drawing on 20 years of experience with such companies as Procter & Gamble, Citicorp, and, most recently, information-giant ACNielsen, Markert presents a set of 56 rules of survival for working your way to the top in the corporate world. Designed more as snippets of inspiration to draw on randomly than as a book, these concise rules are a somewhat Zen approach to what otherwise might be a challenging and competitive environment. In rule number 26, "Take the Best Job," Markert advises, "Never go for the money, always go for the best job. The two are not necessarily linked." Topics include mentoring, looking the part, coaching your team, smiling and saying "thank you" as often as possible, and embracing change. In the title rule, which is number 9, he cautions that picking a fight with your boss is the quickest way to destroy your career. "It is a fight you cannot win under any circumstances, so why bother?" Sage advice indeed. David Siegfried
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