Career Moves: How to Plan for Success, Create Value for Your Organization, and Make Yourself Indispensable No Matter Where You Work

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Discover the secrets to career success

Today’s workplace can be a challenging place. In our current economic climate, expectations and roles have shifted dramatically. But that is no reason to settle for a job you don’t love. The truth is, you can take control of your career today, and you don’t need to go out on your own to do it. In fact, you may not even need to change companies--or even jobs.

In Career Moves, Dondi Scumaci helps you develop...

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Career Moves: How to Plan for Success, Create Value for Your Organization, and Make Yourself Indispensable No Matter Where You Work

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Overview

Discover the secrets to career success

Today’s workplace can be a challenging place. In our current economic climate, expectations and roles have shifted dramatically. But that is no reason to settle for a job you don’t love. The truth is, you can take control of your career today, and you don’t need to go out on your own to do it. In fact, you may not even need to change companies--or even jobs.

In Career Moves, Dondi Scumaci helps you develop the mind-set, knowledge, and skills you need to face today’s challenges and workplace realities. Filled with real-life examples, useful resources, and essential career tools, Career Moves is a complete handbook for navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of the modern workplace. You will discover…
 

  • Nine signs that signal it’s time for a career move
  • How to build a valuable brand and create job security for yourself
  • How to train your boss to give you the direction, feedback, and opportunities you need
  • What to do if you discover you are in the wrong job
  • How to manage constant change and shifting priorities
  • How to find and make the most of workplace opportunities
  • How to reinvent the job you have to get the job you want

Two powerful stories unfold in Career Moves that will motivate, inspire, and maybe even surprise you. As you follow the journey of Zoe and her mentor Alena, you will experience career guidance in a fresh new way and have the opportunity to write your own career success story.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599798578
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dondi Scumaci is an international speaker, author, and expert in leadership development, communication, high-performing teams, talent management and mentoring. She is known for high energy on the platform and for the dramatic results her seminars inspire. She is the author of Designed for Success and lives in San Antonio with her husband, Scumaci and their son.  

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Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Prologue 1

1 Moving Signs: Get Ready to Make Your Move! 5

Do You Recognize the Moving Signs? 6

1 You feel a generalized discontent 8

2 You can't get there from here 8

3 You've quit on the job 9

4 There's too much pressure or not enough pressure 9

5 You are off the radar 10

6 Your job doesn't fit your life 10

7 Your job doesn't fit you 10

8 You're settling 11

9 Your motives have malice 11

Respond to the Signals of Change to Make Yourself More Employable (and Valuable) in the Long Term 12

Good News! The Workforce Is Disengaged 14

There Is a More Rewarding Way to Live and Work! 16

Develop and demonstrate perspective 17

Demonstrate personal leadership 21

Manage your capabilities like the assets they are 23

Negotiate for the resources you need 25

The Four Elements Are Like Wheels on a Car- You Need All of Them 28

Get Your Move On! 29

2 Strategic Moves: Developing a Personal Strategy for Success 35

The Timer to Prepare for Your-Next Step Is Right Now-Get in Front of the Opportunity Curve 40

Paths Are Personal Things! Map Your Opportunity 42

Discover your Camelot 42

Use Mind Maps to explore your possibilities 43

Get your story on the board 44

A powerful purpose makes all the difference 45

Use self-assessments and inventories to raise self-awareness 46

Find and fill the gaps 48

Heads Up! Your R?sum? Is Becoming Obsolete Right Before Your Eyes! 51

Think Like a Real Estate Agent and a Marketer- Get Your Name Above the Fold! 53

Get Your Strategy On! 55

Get Your Move On! 55

3 Inside Moves: Moving Sideways (or Backward) to Get Ahead 63

Reinvent the Job You Have to Get the Job You Want 69

Change Your Position, Not Your Title 69

Carve Out Your Niche by Understanding What People Need 71

Get on the Team! 72

Sometimes You Have to Take a Step Back to Get Ahead 74

Get Your Move On! 75

4 Bad Moves: How to Paint Yourself Into a Corner and Other Lessons Learned the Hard Way 81

Six Really Good Ways to Derail Your Career 87

1 Avoiding conflict 87

2 Runaway emotions 90

3 Na?vet? about office politics and grapevines 93

4 Failure to act, decide, and accept responsibility 94

5 Overachievers and hamsters on the wheel 96

6 Down the documentation hole 98

Get Your Move On! 100

5 Bold Moves: Stealing Home 103

What If You Had One Hundred Days to Write a Success Story? 106

Develop a Networking Strategy That Supports and Promotes Your Plan 109

Networking Top Ten (OK, Eleven) 114

Dial It Up a Notch and Create More Synergy With Mastermind Groups 115

What does a mastermind group look like? 116

What Do Bold Moves Look Like? 120

Get Your Move On! 125

6 Self-Defining Moves: Setting Yourself Apart 129

Work Is an Improv Theater (and Yes, You Can Act) 131

Increase Your Value by Producing Real-Time Solutions 138

Get Your Move On! 141

7 Make Your Moves Count: Making a Real Difference in Real Time 147

Check Your Label 150

Learn How to Present Your Value More Effectively 154

Create More Wins With Your Negotiations 156

Look Beyond Your Experience and the Boundaries of Your Organization to Make Things Better 158

Managing Up and Over to Move Ahead 161

Get Your Move On! 162

8 Exit Signs: When You Have to Go in Order to Grow 169

Make Your Transitions Successful by Reaching for, Rather Than Running From, Something 172

Focus on the Pieces You Can Influence or Control 174

When Is It Time to Call It Quits? 175

Exits Need a Strategy Too 177

Get Your Move On! 180

9 Inspiring Moves: You Were Destined for More 183

Manage Your Talent 184

Find Your Purpose to Find Your Possibility 186

Opportunity in Disguise 188

Make an Investment in You 190

Get Your Move On! 192

Appendix A The Questions I am Most Often Asked 197

What can I do to market myself without sounding like I am bragging? 197

How do I find a mentor? 200

Once I find a mentor, how do I make the most of the mentoring experience? 201

How can I handle a negative co-worker? 202

How do you deal with office gossip? 203

What if I am not getting the direction I need from my boss? 204

How can I make the transition back to work after being "out of the game" for several years? 206

How can I maximize the talents I have? 208

Is there a place for my faith at work? 209

Two More Real-Life Takeaways to Get You Moving 210

Let what you value guide you 211

Use adversity as a catalyst 211

Appendix B For Bosses Only 213

What Your Employees Desperately Want You to Know

Appendix C Chapter Discussion Guide 219

Notes 227

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    A Working Womans hand Guide to a Happier Job

    Career Moves by Dondi Scumci is a must read for todays working women. It is a step by step guide to getting where you want to in the career that is right for you. This book also offers an in depth look at the ways we as women set ourselves up to fail and how to break that cycle. Prepare to get real with yourself as you follow Zoe and others in the examples they set for us. I recieved this book for free from Goodreads first look and would recommend it to all working women. Even if you are comfortable where you are in your career right now you will find yourself nodding your head and agreeing with much in this book and coming away with new tools to make your work place a happier place to be.

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