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You Can't Win A Fight With Your Boss: & 55 Other Rules for Success    by Tom Markert order for
You Can't Win A Fight With Your Boss
by Tom Markert
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In 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.

Markert 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, 'Read Books'.

Many 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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