It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day demands of your current job and lose sight of the big picture, but with a typical career spanning 50 years or more, you do so at your own peril. It's up to you to chart your own course to professional success.
If you read nothing else on effectively managing your career, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you develop yourself, make the right career moves, navigate inevitable detours and disruptions, and turn your professional dreams into reality.
This book will inspire you to:
- Identify and leverage your strengths
- Cultivate the curiosity, skills, and knowledge you need to maintain your professional relevance far into the future
- Navigate messy job transitions gracefully
- Build and sustain a network that supports and encourages your growth
- Restore meaning and passion to your work
- Bounce back from career setbacks big and small
- Reinvent yourself, even in tough times
This collection of articles includes "Managing Oneself," by Peter F. Drucker; "How to Play to Your Strengths," by Laura Morgan Roberts, Gretchen Spreitzer, Jane Dutton, Robert Quinn, Emily Heaphy, and Brianna Barker Caza; "How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career," by Herminia Ibarra; "Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change," by Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams; "Learning to Learn," by Erika Andersen; "The Strategic Side Gig," by Ken Banta and Orlan Boston; "How Leaders Create and Use Networks," by Herminia Ibarra and Mark Lee Hunter; "How to Bounce Back from Adversity," by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; "Rebounding from Career Setbacks," by Mitchell Lee Marks, Philip Mirvis, and Ron Ashkenas; "Reawakening Your Passion for Work," by Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee, and Daniel Goleman; and "Next-Gen Retirement," by Heather C. Vough, Christine D. Bataille, Leisa Sargent, and Mary Dean Lee.
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Table of Contents
Managing Oneself Peter F. Drucker 1
How to Play to Your Strengths Laura Morgan Roberts Gretchen Spreitzer Jane Dutton Robert Quinn Emily Heaphy Brianna Barker Caza 21
How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career Herminia Ibarra 33
Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change Boris Groysberg Robin Abrahams 57
Learning to Learn Erika Andersen 67
The Strategic Side Gig Ken Banta Orlan Boston 75
How Leaders Create and Use Networks Herminia Ibarra Mark Lee Hunter 85
How to Bounce Back from Adversity Joshua D. Margolis Paul G. Stoltz 103
Rebounding from Career Setbacks Mitchell Lee Marks Philip Mirvis Ron Ashkenas 115
Reawakening Your Passion for Work Richard Boyatzis Annie McKee Daniel Goleman 123
Next-Gen Retirement Heather C. Vough Christine D. Bataille Leisa Sargent Mary Dean Lee 141
About the Contributors 149