Take Yourself to the Top

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If you're looking for job search advice, this book is not for you. If you want to know about writing a résumé, creating a cover letter, honing interview skills, or dressing for success, you're in the wrong place. But if you're willing to take charge of your career like never before, if you're prepared to be responsible for the choices you make and have the guts to ask for what you really want, then get ready to take yourself to the top.

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Overview

If you're looking for job search advice, this book is not for you. If you want to know about writing a résumé, creating a cover letter, honing interview skills, or dressing for success, you're in the wrong place. But if you're willing to take charge of your career like never before, if you're prepared to be responsible for the choices you make and have the guts to ask for what you really want, then get ready to take yourself to the top.

In this updated and expanded edition of Laura Berman Fortgang's exemplary business/self-help book, readers will learn:

- how to leap out of that mid-career rut
- how to completely and honestly assess your career's progress
- how to identify obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals
- how to turn your back on what many people might call "success" to discover your true life calling

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Editorial Reviews

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Peraise for Living Your Best Life....

"Laura Berman Fortgang will help you reachthe success and fulfillment you are destined for."
—Ken Blanchard

"A brilliantly written, indispensable guide that touches and expands the very best of our hearts, minds, and spirits."
—Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Your Past and How to Survive the Loss of a Love

"Beware-this thought-provoking book will put you on a one-way path to a more creative and fulfilling life."
—Kyle MacLachlan

"Fortgang generously offers glorious, refreshing guidance to help us each find our unique path in life."
—Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book

"Fortgang's Wisdom Access Questions have the makings of brilliance-simple, easy to use, hugely effective, and humblingly obvious."
—Judy George, founder and CEO, Domain

"Laura helps you organize information... so you can move your life forward in positive ways. I can't recommend this enough!"
—Julia Sweeney

Praise for WHAT NOW?...

"This is it—a turbocharged, high-energy, stripped-to-the-core distillation of key insights and practices to truly move you forward. After readiong Laura's loving and potent guidance, you can't help creating the life you yearn for."
—Jennifer Louden, author of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women

"If this book delivers just ten percent of the power of Laura's coaching, it will be worth thousands of times the price."
—Mark Bryan, co-author of THE ARTIST'S WAY AT WORK

"We all need to plug into an energy source for our lives and once you plug into Laura Berman Fortgang and Now What? you will be electrified and raring to go. Listen to what she has to say and you will move your life to new heights."
—Iyanla Vanzant

"Thinking of makinga  big change in how you make a living—or how you live your life? Having trouble getting started? This wise, honest and practical book can help you figure out what may be holding you back, and where to go from here. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Great stuff!"
—Anne Fisher, FORTUNE

Library Journal
Fortgang, a personal career coach, offers timely tips for executives interested in taking charge of their career and becoming responsible for their own choices. Rather than focusing on writing a r sum , dressing for success, or improving interviewing skills, typical career guidance topics, Fortgang instead deals with self-discipline, identifying obstacles to reaching one's goals, leaping out of a mid-career rut, and thinking big. Eleven obstacles to success are examined with plans to conquer each, brought to life by motivational tales of Fortgang-coached clients who have "taken themselves to the top." For "crispy critters," those suffering from burnout, her advice on kicking the reliance on adrenaline is the primary new concept in this selection among this heavily saturated genre. The author's advice requires a significant degree of self-discipline to follow, but the audiobook, read by Fortgang, will be a less expensive investment than her personal per session fees. Her sensitive approach conveys genuine concern with bringing out the best in people and may result in a broader emotional appeal to the target audience than Thomas Leonard's The Portable Coach, or Anthony Robbins's Unlimited Power. Recommended only for larger public libraries that may still be weak in this genre.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585424474
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Berman Fortgang is a nationally renowned speaker and life coach, helping individuals, small businesses, and corporations forge new directions and weather change. Recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister, she lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 Where You Were, Where You Are Now, and Overcoming the Hurdles to Where You Want to Go 1
Chapter 2 Midcareer and Feeling Stuck. Will You Ever Get Ahead? 8
Chapter 3 On an Endless Treadmill. Burnout or Advancement-Which Will Come First? 19
Chapter 4 Having It All, but Really Wanting Something Else 42
Chapter 5 Caught in Survival Mode-How to Get Out and Become the Rainmaker 55
Chapter 6 New at Entrepreneurship-Going from Hobby to Critical Mass 69
Chapter 7 On the Sales Roller Coaster-Smoothing Out the Ride 89
Chapter 8 Overqualified and Underutilized-Whose Fault Is It? 107
Chapter 9 The Hero Syndrome-A Manager's Downfall, a Coach's Dream 125
Chapter 10 Having an Identity Crisis-It's Happening to the Best of Us 140
Chapter 11 Banking on a Miracle-How to Chase Your Dreams, yet Deal with What's Real 154
Chapter 12 The Elusive Gift-Self-Discipline 175
Chapter 13 Relationships-A Defining Factor in Taking Yourself to the Top 188
Chapter 14 Advanced Tools for Getting to the Top 205
Chapter 15 Put On Your Seatbelts-Here Comes the Future 220
Appendix A How to Choose a Coach 225
Appendix B Coaching Resources and Referral Sources 228
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