You Can't Win A Fight With Your Boss: & 55 Other Rules for Success
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n his Introduction, Tom Markert tells us that he's drawn on two decades '
of experience with companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Citicorp, and most recently information giant ACNielsen
' to write these 56 rules for career success. Most of them are short and succinct, while some take a few pages of elaboration.
arkert calls the first, '
Work Hard and Smart
' the cornerstone of the book. He goes on to argue against feelings of entitlement, and for motivation and sincerity, putting in the hours, developing expertise - and smiling a lot. Regarding bosses he stresses the importance of finding good ones, treating them with respect, avoiding surprises, asking for feedback, and never picking fights with them. I know from my own career experience that '
Find a Mentor
' is an important rule, and '
Listen for What You Don't Hear
' is very wise advice. Of course, I totally agree with rule #16, '
any of these tips are just as important for volunteer involvement as for career ambition, in particular #21 on meetings - there's nothing more de-motivating than a badly run one - and #39, '
You Can't Say Thank You Enough
'. Keep a copy of
You Can't Win A Fight With Your Boss
handy - it's full of advice that's short and sweet, as well as sagacious.
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