How To Be A Star At Work

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After a 10-year investigation into star performers at companies ranging from Bell Labs to Hewlett-Packard, Robert E. Kelley explains that being a star has little to do with your intelligence, creativity, sociability, or ambition. What distinguishes stars are the strategies they use to do their own work and to work effectively with others -- strategies that allow them to double their productivity while working less.
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Overview

After a 10-year investigation into star performers at companies ranging from Bell Labs to Hewlett-Packard, Robert E. Kelley explains that being a star has little to do with your intelligence, creativity, sociability, or ambition. What distinguishes stars are the strategies they use to do their own work and to work effectively with others -- strategies that allow them to double their productivity while working less.
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Contrary to popular belief, Kelley believes that star employees are made, not born. His nine new breakthrough strategies are "initiative, networking, self-management, perspective, followership, leadership, teamwork, organizational savvy and show-tell."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812926767
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/14/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Kelley. Ph.D., teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and spent ten years "in the trenches" researching the personal and professional characteristics of star performers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface xvii
ONE THE PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS OF THE STAR PERFORMERS
1. What Leads to Star Performance? 3
2. Stars Are Made, Not Born 11
3. Creating the Star Performer Model 224
TWO THE NINE WORK STRATEGIES OF THE STAR PERFORMERS
4. Initiative: Blazing Trails in the Organization's White
Spaces 39
5. Knowing Who Knows: Plugging into the Knowledge Network 64
6. Managing Your Whole Life at Work: Self-Management 88
7. Getting the Big Picture: Learning How to Build
Perspective 111
8. Followership: Checking Your Ego at the Door to Lead in
Assists 139
9. Small-L Leadership in a Big-L World 164
10. Teamwork: Getting Real About Teams 184
11. Organizational Savvy: Street Smarts in the Corporate
Power Zone 201
12.Show-and-Tell: Persuading the Right Audience with the
Right Message 224
13. Become a Star Performer: Making the Program Work for
You 236
THREE SOME PRODUCTIVE LAST WORDS
14. A Message for Managers: Productivity in the
Brainpowered Economy 247
15. Conclusion: The Rewards of Star Productivity 257
Appendix I. The Research Story Behind the Book: The Hunt for
Higher Productivity 265
Appendix II. Resources for More Help 285
Notes 287
References 296
Index 297
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