The You Plan: A 5-Step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career in the New Economy

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Looking to Get Out of the Career Hot Seat and Back in the Game?

 

The Great Recession has fundamentally changed the employment landscape in this country. Career success is no longer about chasing opportunities, it’s about creating opportunities. Creating your own career opportunities during these tough times is going to require an entrepreneurial mindset.  

Whether you are a battle-tested workforce ...

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Overview

Looking to Get Out of the Career Hot Seat and Back in the Game?

 

The Great Recession has fundamentally changed the employment landscape in this country. Career success is no longer about chasing opportunities, it’s about creating opportunities. Creating your own career opportunities during these tough times is going to require an entrepreneurial mindset.  

Whether you are a battle-tested workforce veteran, recent graduate, or thinking of going out on your own, The YOU Plan is an essential tool for getting you out of the “career hot seat” and back in the game.

The YOU Plan is a straight-forward step-by-step approach to career success designed by Dr. Woody as a self-coaching guide. The YOU Plan is about asking yourself five fundamental questions:

• What are my Values?

• What are my Intrinsics?

• What are my Passions?

• What is my Essence or personal brand?

• What is my Roadmap for getting there?

To thrive in the new economy you will have to find a way to stand out from the crowd. It will be up to you to pick a direction and create a plan for demonstrating your value. The YOU Plan is a simple, engaging, and attention-span friendly guide for helping you step-up and take charge of your career during these challenging times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599321752
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 342,167
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD is a certified executive coach trained in the field of organizational psychology. Dr. Woody has appeared on Fox Business, Fox News, CBS Miami, Daytime, and the Bravo Network. He is also a regular contributor to FoxBusiness.com.

Dr. Woody is president of the Miami-based consulting firm HCI and also sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the Florida International University Center for Leadership. Prior to founding HCI in 2005, Dr. Woody was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services in WashingtonDC. Dr. Woody has a BA in psychology from the University of Miami, a master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Springfield College, and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Florida International University.  

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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Section I Getting Out of the Hot Seat 13

Chapter 1 Pursuing Your Career Like an Entrepreneur 14

Chapter 2 Strike Like a Viper: Your 5-step Model for Career Success 18

Section II Values 21

Chapter 3 What Are Values, and Why Do They Matter? 22

Chapter 4 Proclaiming Your Values - Exercise I 34

Section III Intrinsics 41

Chapter 5 What Do You Bring to the Table? 42

Chapter 6 Identifying Your Intrinsics - Exercise II 60

Section IV Passions 83

Chapter 7 What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? 84

Chapter 8 Rediscovering Your Passions - Exercise III 97

Chapter 9 Aligning Your VIPs - Exercise IV 102

Section V Essence (Brand) 107

Chapter 10 Leveraging Your Essence 108

Chapter 11 Creating the YOU Brand - Exercise V 133

Section VI Road Map 145

Chapter 12 Setting a Course: The YOU Plan

Chapter 13 Creating Your You Plan - Exercise VI 160

Chapter 14 Don't Go It Alone 168

Chapter 15 The Path Ahead 171

About the Author 174

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    Wise buy

    With a catchy title that speaks to all of us, Dr. Woody follows age-old wisdom in his 5-step guide - he keeps it simple! The book doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it certainly does package the parts well. It is well structured and offers a comprehensive approach to career building. It is sprinkled with friendly metaphors and anecdotes that keep it lively. After each of the 5 steps, there are short exercises that force you to turn theory into practice. Being of the non-glossy variety, the book encourages you to put pen to page in the moment of reading. The best part yet is that it is short; on a domestic flight, I was able to move through all 5 steps (although I confess I didn't do all of the exercises). All in all, it is a useful guide for anyone who feels stuck on the career path. Ora, Executive Coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2010

    Get a jumpstart on your career!

    Easy, fun read that offers practical, straightforward advice for the job seeker or person dissatisfied with their career. This book is filled with self-analysis worksheets and charts so you can determine your values, passions, and other vital components to a career. It will force you to take a step back to evaluate your assets and take some time for introspection. Woven throughout the book is information on how to network, how to leverage social media to promote your brand, and excellent real world examples of people that have followed something similar to his VIPER plan and succeeded, from Rachel Ray to the owner of Zappos. Highly recommend it!

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

    The You Plan

    The book is a great tool for anyone trying to get a job in this economy. It provides an absolutely non-traditional way of looking at the job market, and definitely opened my eyes to what I needed to change in order to get a job. I recommend this book to anyone stuck in a job-search-rut!

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    This is a book you will want to order by the case!

    The more I read, the more people I thought of who I want to share The YOU Plan with. Dr. Woody brings a fresh perspective to the notion of taking charge of one's career - and life! I love his concept of the six career PACERS, and the way they are so clearly explained. The exercises sprinkled throughout the book ask great questions and really help the reader reflect upon the right path for him or her self. This is a book you will come back to again and again, because The YOU Plan makes sense whether you are looking for your first job, contemplating a career change, or trying to figure out what you want your legacy to be. Congratulations, Michael, on creating a tool that will make a difference in the lives of many people!

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Relevant and practical for finding the right career

    Dr. Woody's VIPER approach to identifying your values and passions is a simple and practical way to identify if you are aligned with the right career. It is so important for organizations and individuals to be in jobs that they love and feel passionate about. This book includes practical exercises to help guide you down the right path for career fulfillment. Whether you are just starting out in the job market or looking for more job satisfaction, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    This is a great succinct and useful book for those interested in career planning and in realizing their true potential.

    The You Plan helps you to figure out your true passions and the skills you need to be successful in achieving your career goals. The book was very thought-provoking and I found myself going through it very quickly as I was eager to see what the next chapter had to offer. I definitely recommend The You Plan to anyone looking to get into the workforce or looking to re-evaluate their path. If you want to read something that will give you real-life tips on how to succeed in your career, read this book! Connie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    The You Plan is Definitely A Great Body of Work!

    The You Plan brings to light the information, skills and processes that a person needs to master and execute, to be successful with achieving their career goals! I was really informed, inspired and enlightened by the information in The You Plan and I recommend that every person who desires to succeed at their career read this book...

    Nicole

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    Posted March 30, 2010

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