Guidance on Planning Your CareerAmong the myriad self-help books on managing your own career, one has stood out since it was published in 2001: What Every Successful Woman Knows: 12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career, by Janice Reals Ellig and William J. Morin.
I was introduced to the book by an article by Toddi Gutner in the December 24, 2001 issue of Business Week. Gutner summarizes the 12 strategies in a sidebar (here very slightly edited):
- Take stock of where you are and set goals for the future.
- Fit in and adapt before you initiate change.
- Make sure your job has profit-and-loss responsibility.
- Develop mutually useful relationships with your bosses.
- Create your own power base with people inside and outside the organization.
- Speak your mind, but be relevant.
- Build your brand and toot your own horn.
- Spend time on significant projects.
- Devote 80% of your time to working your job, 20% to managing your career.
- Have technical, business, and people skills.
- Be wise about office romances and follow established procedures to address sexual harassment.
- Act with authority: Communicate a vision, take risks, and make things happen.
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