Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability

Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability

by Mark Samuel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591844693
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 661,057
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Samuel is the founder and CEO of IMPAQ, a California-based international consulting firm. An award-winning speaker, Samuel is a leader in the personal and organizational accountability movement and has championed sustainable improvement in companies, including Michelin, American Express and Hewlett-Packard.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Committing to Make Yourself Indispensable 9

Chapter 2 The Road Map 41

Chapter 3 The Victim Loop 50

Chapter 4 Intention: Take Charge of Your Life 69

Chapter 5 Recognize Your Current Reality 86

Chapter 6 The Power of Taking Ownership 99

Chapter 7 Gaining Strength Through Forgiveness 117

Chapter 8 Self-Examination to Foster Solutions 137

Chapter 9 Master Learner-Your Default Response 152

Chapter 10 Take Action to Be Successful 170

Chapter 11 The Missing Step-Celebrating Success 189

Chapter 12 Living an Indispensable Life 198

Acknowledgments 213

References 215

Index 217

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Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dave265 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Mark really hits the mark with his simple, direct approach to discovering and living my purpose, playing big, being we centered, priority focused, adaptable and valuing others. This lays it all out in plain terms so that I can rise on who I am and do the things I love to do without it being overwhelmed by a another pile of tasks and goals. Brilliant!
AM123 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reading that inspired aha moments throughout. The exercises and examples allowed me to reflect on my own behaviors and see where I could make micro movements and adjustments. The book is a source of inspiration for self improvement and expansion.
JH888 More than 1 year ago
A truly transformational guide to sucess! It is inspirational and empowering!
jpav2010 More than 1 year ago
The Making Yourself Indispensable process laid out in the book is simple, easy to follow and well thought out. The exercises in the book were effective in helping me clarify where I rated in terms of making myself indispensable. I was also able to further clarify where I want to go and how to get there. Mark Samuel’s system for being indispensable is built on the premise of holding and making one’s self accountable. It is this accountability as the keystone of his system that truly sold me on the effectiveness of this process. Do yourself a favor and make yourself indispensable. John
AE123 More than 1 year ago
It was very good and insightful
paulsignorelli on LibraryThing 7 months ago
We could easily make the mistake of thinking that Mark Samuel's thoughtful and thought-provoking book "Making Yourself Indispensable" is all about us. But we don't, as trainer-teacher-learners who need to be playing leadership roles in the organizations we serve, have to move very far into his work to see that Samuel has his sights on more than individual endeavors. You are "not indispensable unless you use your gifts and principles in service to other people's success, improvement, or survival," he suggests (p. 13), and it's a theme that makes what otherwise could have been a very self-centered endeavor take on much greater importance for all of us and those we serve. His work is centered on a personal accountability model that first takes us through what he calls "the victim loop," then continues into an accountability loop that helps us engage in a level of self-examination that leads to effective learning which, in turn, produces action. The theme of interdependence is never far from the surface here; in fact, it's an essential part of being successful and fostering success within an organization: "Ask for assistance!" he insists (p. 94). Trainer-teacher-learners also can't help but react positively to Samuel's chapter on how much the learning process is part of our efforts to be indispensable in the terms outlined in this book: "Learning," he suggests, is "the outcome of every relationship we are in and every action we take" (p. 161). If we approach our relationships with the spirit of teaching-training-learning that is at the heart of all we do, we're likely to reach one of the many useful conclusions Samuel offers: "Being indispensable doesn't start and stop with whatever job you are currently in. It is a lasting state based on the value you represent to others" (p. 115).
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