For many of us, the thought of work brings to mind a daily nine-to-five grind, reporting to disinterested supervisors, and “working for the weekend.” You probably enter the office feeling disenchanted, counting down the minutes until 5 p.m. Whether this approach to work is due to feeling unrecognized for your work, being a cog in a corporate machine, or the influence of apathetic coworkers, there is something you likely forgot along the way—you are the one in the driver’s seat of your career.
Making the switch from a passive observer to being the driver isn’t easy and there are no one-size-fits all means of achieving this. Low Man on the Totem Pole offers various groundbreaking strategies to get more out of your work—including viewing yourself as a business owner and your place of work as the client.
Whether you are a front-line employee or a manager, Low Man on the Totem Pole offers something for anyone and everyone trying to find some meaning in their work. Using real world examples, practical advice, and unapologetic straight talk, author and business consultant H.V. MacArthur lays out a clear and simple approach to personal success.
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About the Author
H.V. MacArthur has built her expertise through hard fought career experiences of her own, as well as having the honor of partnering closely with people on their own journey from all walks of life, levels of success, and points of carrer change. From serving in the military to carving out her role as a coach and a consultant with several Fortune 500 companies, she has collected a wide array of experiences that gave her endless scenarios of workplace challenges and successes to draw upon and learn from. Her passion is taking those experiences and helping others make their work, work for them.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Shift to a Business Mind-Set
Chapter 1 Mind Your Mind-Set 3
Chapter 2 Labor of Love 27
Chapter 3 Know What Makes You Pop 43
Chapter 4 The New Rules 59
Part 2 Build Your Business
Chapter 5 Practice Your Greatness 77
Chapter 6 Determine What Kind of Business Owner You Are 83
Chapter 7 Getting Clients, Aka the Job Hunt 91
Chapter 8 Call on Clients 115
Part 3 Manage Your Book of Business
Chapter 9 Run an Interdependent Business 127
Chapter 10 Performance-Manage This 133
Chapter 11 Get in the Driver's Seat of Your Career 173
Part 4 Grow and Feed Your Business
Chapter 12 Whatever You Do, Deliver a White Glove Service 195
Chapter 13 Embrace the Creativity and Opportunity of Conflict 203
Chapter 14 Communicate with Actual Dialogue 221
Chapter 15 Inspire Commitment from Others 239
Part 5 For the Veterans
Chapter 16 My Veteran Transition Story 251
Chapter 17 Support the Troops, Right? 271
Chapter 18 Veteran Transition Tips 281