The Truth About Managing Your Career: ..and Nothing But the Truth

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9780131873360: The Truth About Managing Your Career: ..and Nothing But the Truth

This book reveals 60 proven principles and easy career management techniques.  Discover powerfully effective ways to start a new job and make a great first impression; work more smoothly with bosses and colleagues; build a high-performance personal network; manage workloads; decide who to trust (and distrust); handle enemies and overcome career setbacks; recognize when to move on; get noticed, get ahead, and get to the top!  From Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: "A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Karen Otazo knows--and speaks--the truth about how to get and keep the job you want. Regardless of your age or stage of your career, you'll find practical tips and tools to make your workplace journey smoother, more enjoyable, and potentially more profitable. The Truth about Managing Your Career is a must-have for your career library."

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PRAISE FOR
THE TRUTH ABOUT MANAGING YOUR CAREER AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
"This is a masterful distillation of what is important to know from the research on careers–everything that people need to know to find their unique paths with a heart. As Herb Shepard once said, the key question is, what makes for a life worth living? Dr. Otazo is a wise guide who helps each of us come up with our own answer to that question.
This book covers all of the bases about careers– networking, getting along with bosses, coworkers, your workload, how to sell your ideas, how to deal with toxic people, how to get ahead, etc. Not only does it present the truth and nothing but the truth about career success, but this is truth that you can use. The wisdom in this book is actionable–this is truth that you can immediately put into practice. And it is written in a clear, lively, concise, and extremely user-friendly fashion. In sum, this volume represents a mini-MBA in winning career management. Anyone who has a career and cares about that career needs to read this book."
–Douglas T. Hall, Morton H. and Charlotte Friedman Professor of Management, Boston University School of Management; Director, Executive Development Roundtable; author, Careers In and Out of Organizations
"A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Otazo knows–and speaks–the truth about how to get and keep the job you want. Regardless of your age or stage of your career, you’ll find practical tips and tools to make your workplace journey smoother, more enjoyable, and potentially more profitable. The Truth about Managing Your Career is a must-have for your career library."
–Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich
"Two points stand out in this clear and cogent book- ‘Work is a game.’ And, ‘It’s worth playing well.’ Dr. Otazo, a consummate corporate insider and outsider, sums up the standing knowledge of excellent gamespersonship in this succinct manual for people entering the workforce, and for people standing back to gain better perspective on their own careers."
–Art Kleiner, editor of strategy+business, author of Who Really Matters- The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege and Success
"Dr. Otazo distills years of her wisdom, insight, and global coaching expertise into each of her ‘5-minute chapters.’ The result is a collection of highly polished gems to be contemplated at the many crossroads of your career journey."
–Saj-nicole A. Joni, author of The Third Opinion
"Dr. Otazo has created a roadmap to successful career management. This book provides invaluable advice for every stage of business life laying out clear, concise, and practical solutions for the working professional. Read either in part or in its entirety, an essential tool for business success!"
–Valerie Foundoukis, Vice President, Global Organizational Development Head of Strategic
"Years of browsing in airport bookshops have made me highly skeptical of the management ‘wisdom’ we are fed today. However, here at last is a book that leaders will instantly recognize as making real practical sense–I wish I’d read it 25 years earlier."
–Ritchie Bent, Group Head of Human Resources, Jardine Matheson Ltd
"This book should be subtitled ‘Everything you need to know to succeed in the real world of business but were smart enough to realize that if you asked, the people around you might perceive it as weakness!’ If you let it, The Truth about Managing Your Career will be your bible, coach, best friend, and secret weapon as you propel your business, career, or project to the next level.
"I feel lucky that Dr. Otazo has coached me through many a career challenge. Now her years of insight and experience are open to readers of this indispensable guide. For anyone making for the heady summits of organizational life, like oxygen they should have it on hand for regular intake."
–Julia Rowntree, author of Balancing Act- Art and the Business of Survival
"Dr. Otazo beautifully succeeds in distilling more than two decades of supremely practical organizational know-how in this gem of a book. Her style is clear, concise, and immediately accessible. She speaks to the mind and emotions simultaneously and galvanizes action. Reading this book and applying its pragmatic wisdom will assure your safe passage through many contemporary corporate minefields."
–James Flaherty, Executive Coach, author of Coaching- Evoking Excellence in Others
"The Truth about Managing Your Career is easy to use, succinct, and wise. Dr. Otazo provides lots of useful tips for performers in the theatre of organizational life. But her book’s greatest strength is in showing why a career should be built on principles. A key principle is respect for others, senior and junior, even when you don’t agree with their views. Another is earning trust through honesty, compassion, and clarity. Especially if you work in a large, hierarchical organization, you should read, re­read, and always have at hand this great book."
–Gerard Fairtlough, Founder /CEO of biotechnology company Celltech and author of The Three Ways of Getting Things Done- Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy in Organizations and co-author of The Power of the Tale- Storytelling in Organizations
"A real gem. As a managing director in a large global company, I have seen first-hand Dr. Otazo’s practical advice and insight really making a difference. Each self-contained chapter contains helpful tips that will give the reader the opportunity to take control of their career and to focus on the key issues that face today’s workforce."
–David Buckley, London, UK
"This is an amazing book! The intensity and sincerity come through because the words and experience Dr. Otazo imparts are true to the core. I did not want the book to end. It delivers sage advice that makes me think about what I will do tomorrow and priceless perspective on what I did just yesterday!"
–Douglas Hofmeister, Partner, Accenture, LLP
"I only wish I had had Dr. Otazo’s advice when I started in corporate life. Even now, as an independent, I will be drawing on the tips in her book as I work with a great variety of people around the world."
–Barbara Heinzen, author of Feeling for Stones- Learning & Invention When Facing the Unknown
"I have long admired Dr. Otazo’s work as a coach. This is a great practical guide for coaches and our clients alike. Thank you, Karen, for sharing your insights and experience with us."
–Ellen Kumata, Partner, Cambria Consulting; Practice Leader, Cambria Coaching
"The Truth? I’ve worked with Dr. Otazo for many years and she has always been a wise counsel with an uncanny ability to get to the heart of any issue, and her proposed solutions invariably work. Her latest book encompasses the wisdom and insights gained from more than twenty years of working with and coaching executives across a wide range of industries and cultures. A copy of Truth will be highly recommended reading for my Leadership team and will be freely available for all employees who are committed to and want to learn the truth about career development."
–Milton Steele, Vice President & Group Manager, FMC Corporation
"The Truth about Managing Your Career is an unusual, reality based, cut to-the-chase guide to success. The book is easy to read and unafraid to deviate from much abused ‘how to’ prescriptions. It is refreshing and manages to transcend race and ethnic nuances found in today’s corporate environment. It is applicable to most work situations and should be read throughout one’s career challenges."
–Guarione M. Diaz, President, Cuban American National Council, Miami, FL
"I feel that Dr. Otazo wrote this book as a gift and guidebook for me. It is the gift of her personal wisdom written in an amazing crystal-clear style."
–Regina Gil, Financial Times Head of Advertising Sales Germany and Austria
"Dr. Otazo’s book on managing your career is full of punchy, practical stuff that works."
–Helen Alexander, CEO, The Economist Group
"Dr. Otazo has produced an invaluable store of advice to career-oriented professionals at all levels. Next to family, a career is a person’s most valuable possession. Many develop and sustain their careers and look both back and ahead with pride and satisfaction. Too many more are frustrated and discouraged, hoping against hope for their ‘lucky break.’ The author has the unspoken truths for those who want to make their own luck."
–John D. Hofmeister, President, Shell Oil Company
When it comes to managing your career, everyone’s got an opinion. But you don’t need opinions–you need facts, backed by evidence- proven, real-world solutions based on the latest research. That’s what The Truth About Managing Your Career delivers- principles and techniques you can rely on throughout your entire career, regardless of your organization, role, or title.
Dr. Karen Otazo has spent more than 20 years coaching executives in virtually every type of organization. She’s personally worked with more than 2,000 individuals, from interns to CEOs. Now, drawing on a comprehensive analysis of hundreds of secret feedback reports from executives, peers, subordinates, and teams, she reveals what actually works–and doesn’t work–when it comes to achieving outstanding career success.
Dr. Otazo delivers relentlessly practical guidance for managing 60 core career challenges, from starting a new job to deciding when to move on. If you’re ready to get on the fast track, and stay there, this book will be your single best resource.

• Why you shouldn’t "hit the ground running"

And how to figure out the "lay of the land" first, and then plot your winning career strategy

• Grow where you’re planted

How to put down solid roots in your new organization

• Don’t get burned- know who to trust–and distrust

Understand all four types of business trust

• Survive even the worst career setbacks

Been derailed? Get back on the fast track, now!

• Get noticed, and move up–fast!

Prove you’re ready- then gain leverage, impact, and power
Strip away the hype, take control of your career, and get to the top!

• The truth about starting a new job and making a great first impression

• The truth about working with bosses and colleagues- great ones and terrible ones

• The truth about getting things done–and surviving your enemies

• The truth about getting noticed, getting ahead, moving up, and moving on
In just minutes, you’ll discover powerfully effective ways to start a new job and make a great first impression...work more smoothly with bosses and colleagues... build a high-performance personal network...manage your workload...decide who to trust (and distrust)...handle your enemies and overcome career setbacks... recognize when to move on...get noticed, get ahead, and get to the top!

About the Author:

Dr. Karen Otazo is a global executive coach and thinking partner for multinational companies worldwide. More than 25 years of working in the U.S., Europe and Asia have given Karen a broad perspective on the challenges facing executive companies of all sizes from boutique consulting firms and start-up non-profits to global corporations, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. She is a fellow of the Society for Organizational Learning, a past chair of the Boston University Executive Development Roundtable steering committee, and on the advisory committee of the Business Arts Forum of the London International Festival of Theatre.

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