Promotions Are Not Served At The Deli Counter [NOOK Book]


Straight-forward guide on how to succeed and be promotable in life as well as work. It draws on stories and analogies from over 20 years of experience which the reader can relate.
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Promotions Are Not Served At The Deli Counter

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Straight-forward guide on how to succeed and be promotable in life as well as work. It draws on stories and analogies from over 20 years of experience which the reader can relate.
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  • BN ID: 2940011119231
  • Publisher: Michael Patterson
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 225 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Patterson has over twenty years experience working for various financial institutions, starting his career right out of high school as a teller. He began training in April 2000, and is currently responsible for the training and development for a 300 employee credit union in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mike facilitates workshops on diverse topics such as leadership, employee retention, coaching, diversity, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. Mike frequently visits high schools to discuss interviewing techniques and business ethics.

Mike began writing Promotions Are Not Served At The Deli Counter in the spring of 2009. Dismayed at the sense of entitlement shown by young employees, Mike wrote the book as a guide for how to really succeed in the workforce. Many of the analogies used during leadership training appear in the book.

Mike is a member of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). He is an affiliated faculty with When not training, Mike is a registered Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) wrestling referee. He is an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County PA. He is an avid sports fan and political junkie.

Mike lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Ann and two dogs, Baleigh and Kimba.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    A refreshing guide that reads like a narrative.

    Promotions Are not Served at the Deli Counter, by Michael Patterson, is a technical, how-to guide in succeeding in the work environment. As the title suggests, employees' senses of entitlement often gets in the way of their natural progression in their trades. While the text caters to all employees, its primary intended audience is the newly employed. At the same time, the text is not dense, yet it is immersed with Mr. Patterson's own experiences, resulting in a refreshing guide that reads like a narrative.

    The book opens up with a 17-year old Patterson, fresh from the tribulations of high school, beginning a career in banking that would eventually last for twenty plus years.
    An interesting example of historical context in this book is Patterson's example of earning a starting hourly wage of $5.35, culminating ultimately into a position running the training department of a 1.3 billion dollar company.

    In other words, the resonant themes in the text are as simple as "hard work pays off" and "there are no short cuts in life." Thinking metaphorically, it is practically impossible to scale a flight of one hundred steps just by going from one to one hundred. Instead, the individual has to climb each step, one-by-one, gradually working his way to the top.

    The five attributes that an ideal individual should have in the workplace include "dedication, hard work, opportunity, team work, and a little luck." The interesting part of these attributes is that Patterson suggests that they don't necessarily have to be toward or for the company. On the contrary, an employee should be dedicated to himself.

    This book is a great and informative read for high school and college students who find themselves ready to step into the "real world." It is also an "I remember when." book that can relate to employees and managers alike.

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