How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work

How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work

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by Susan Marshall
     
 

To succeed in business today, you must be smart, competitive, resilient, tenacious, and fearless. In short, you need a good, old-fashioned backbone.

In How to Grow a Backbone, Susan Marshall, a top business consultant and former executive, outlines skills that readers can develop and perfect to become stronger, more confident, and more influential on the

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To succeed in business today, you must be smart, competitive, resilient, tenacious, and fearless. In short, you need a good, old-fashioned backbone.

In How to Grow a Backbone, Susan Marshall, a top business consultant and former executive, outlines skills that readers can develop and perfect to become stronger, more confident, and more influential on the job. Using straight talk laced with wry humor, she draws upon actual business situations from a variety of companies and industries to show how a strong backbone can change not only the outcome of the situation, but also how one is perceived.

Each chapter is filled with "backbone-building exercises" for competence, risk taking, and confidence. Her top ten backbone basics include:

  • Turning meetings into discover sessions
  • Getting wise to the secret messages people's eyes will reveal
  • Deciding what you think and saying so
  • Getting the big picture of your organization
How to Grow a Backbone will teach you how to stop yourself mid-whine, lose the excuses, and take command of your future.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Business consultant Marshall shares her advice from working with numerous businesses striving to improve their management structure. Focusing on the difficulties in today's business environment, she wants to help listeners learn how to succeed by building a stronger backbone, defined as a firm and resolute character, and the courage to make and stand by unpopular decisions. After a sound explanation of the three components of backbone competence, confidence, and the ability to take risks the author further develops these elements in her ten backbone-building strategies (e.g., turn meetings into discovery sessions, associate with others on purpose, determine the power sources, and decide and say what you think). The unique exercises strengthen this surprisingly refreshing addition to the overly burdened management genre. The steady narration by Anna Fields slows the pace at times and dulls the attention span, so look for the hard copy to be requested. Recommended for public libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780760791035
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
01/29/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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