Disaster Proof Your Career: Tactics to Survive, Thrive and Keep Ahead in the Workplace


The very nature of today's organizational environment means that success is always to be laid primarily at your door; so too is failure. You have to get things right, as you may not get a second chance.

Disaster-Proof Your Career illustrates how, if you want to become - or remain - successful, inaction is ...

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The very nature of today's organizational environment means that success is always to be laid primarily at your door; so too is failure. You have to get things right, as you may not get a second chance.

Disaster-Proof Your Career illustrates how, if you want to become - or remain - successful, inaction is simply not an option. It gives practical tips on:

having the confidence to succeed

putting together a career plan

getting the most out of a job performance appraisal

ensuring that development and training is practical and effective

learning new skills

This essential guide will not only help you to take on new challenges and be an asset to your organization, but it will also give advice on how to obtain fair and satisfactory rewards for what you do, and guidance on how to be ever career-fit and desirable in the job market if you choose to move on to another employer.

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"[O]f interest to anyone who wants to pursue a successful career. It is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, and Forsyth shares many tips and experiences from his own career as a trainer and consultant. ...The chapters on job performance appraisals could be of special interest to managers who want to make their reviews more productive." —EBSCO Business Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749459543
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Forsyth runs Touchstone Training & Consultancy and specializes in marketing, sales, and communications skills.  He is the author of more than fifty business books with translations into 23 languages. These include, How to Motivate People, Successful Time Management, How to Write Reports and Proposals, The PowerPoint Detox and, with Frances Kay, Tough Tactics for Tough Times (all published by Kogan Page). He writes regularly for a number of business journals, and for Writing Magazine, and devices and writes training materials.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

1 The 21st-century workplace 1

The way ahead 3

Basic preparations and precautions 4

The power of communications 5

People power 7

Creating the right personal profile 8

Office politics 9

Achievement and results 10

A management role 11

Constant readiness 12

New directions 13

2 The confidence to succeed 17

Practical confidence building 18

Working to build confidence 24

Towards future confidence 26

Your career plan 27

Self-assessment 28

Finalizing your analysis 37

Sum up your analysis and form clear objectives 38

An action plan 41

4 Job performance appraisal 43

The nature of the appraisal process 44

The personal opportunity 49

Assembling the supporting information 57

5 Surviving and benefiting from appraisal 61

1 Preparing for appraisal 61

2 Participating in the appraisal meeting 69

3 Action after the meeting 80

4 Future progress 83

6 The development process 89

The nature of the development process 90

Development methods 94

Positive results 96

7 Methods to take you forward 99

Reviewing and choosing methods 100

The traditional course (in all its forms) 102

Other forms of development 106

No stone unturned 112

8 Creating career-enhancing opportunities 115

Making it work 115

Making it happen 124

9 Summary: 10 steps to being 'career fit' 137

1 Resolve to be a regular 'self developer 138

2 Analyse and set clear objectives 138

3 Make and use a plan 139

4 Create sufficient time 139

5 Learn from experience 141

6 Learn from others 142

7 Spot opportunities 143

8 Utilize a mix of methods 143

9 Monitor progress 145

0 Aim high and be positive 145

Afterword 149

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Proactive career management plan

    Many business experts have written books about career planning in the traditional sense of how to work your way up the corporate ladder. However, the days of working at one company for your entire career are long gone, so you need a new approach to navigating your career path. In this book, writer and consultant Patrick Forsyth expands on the interesting concept of "career management." This is the "art and science" of attaining a state of constant preparedness for the next big thing, whether the opportunity comes along inside or outside your company. Embarking on this ongoing, lifelong process is essential to staying relevant and highly employable amid the constantly changing demands of the new millennium. You probably won't experience any "aha!" moments reading this practical, commonsense guide, but it's a helpful refresher about career-planning principles and pointers. //getAbstract// feels it serves as a good jumping-off point for anyone hoping to further his or her career.

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