Many people experience some degree of job dissatisfaction. But figuring out whether they should change themselves -- or change jobs -- isn't easy. Drawing on her business background, training as a social worker, and years as an executive coach, Maggie Craddock outlines a therapeutic process that carefully separates what the reader wants and needs from the often-frustrating demands of family and work. The author believes that identifying authentic career goals and strategies requires a careful examination of one's inner life. She clearly outlines the four-stage process -- beginning with the Awareness Stage and ending with the Integration Stage -- and includes exercises, examples, and inspirational quotes. Craddock gently guides the reader through the process, illustrating each stage with real-life examples, including stories from Fortune 500 CEOs and professional women returning to the workforce after having children. Ultimately a very hopeful book, The Authentic Career is a welcome companion on anyone's career path.
Our inner emotional lives - who we really are - deeply influence the choices we make at work. Unfortunately, most of us never realize the profound effect exploring our inner selves can have on our professional choices and success. In The Authentic Career, a top executive coach presents a powerful four-stage process that combines professional, psychological, and spiritual resources for achieving career success and fulfillment. Maggie Craddock outlines a course filled with exercises, examples, and inspirational quotations that has proven successful for clients of all levels. She clearly shows how to separate our desires and needs from the external demands and expectations that family, society, and the workplace impose on us. Craddock uses real-life examples to show readers that they are not alone in wanting something more from their jobs and careers - or in not knowing how to get it. Whether you are unemployed and reassessing your career path or simply looking for more fulfillment, The Authentic Career is an invaluable guide for rethinking professional strategies and discovering your own inner truths. Maggie Craddock is an executive coach with clients across the professional spectrum. Formerly a Lipper Award-winning fund manager on Wall Street, Maggie now helps people find career happiness and success. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to O: The Oprah Magazine. Based in New York City, she speaks throughout the world on workplace issues.
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A New Way of Looking at Power at WorkWho hasn't left the office after a particularly frustrating day wondering what they could have done to turn a negative experience into a positive one? Perhaps it was a difficult conversation with a domineering boss, or an encounter with a know-it-all peer who made you feel insecure. Would you believe the way you react to these interactions likely stems from the dynamics you experienced as a child? Could it be that your childhood persona has grown into your power persona at work?In Power Genes, executive coach Maggie Craddock reveals how to kick those old habits-trying too hard to please, acting out, using manipulative methods of persuasion-and tells how to use power more effectively to advance your career. Craddock identifies four power types and explains how to diagnose yours: The Pleaser-you make others feel good about themselves but need constant validation and approval from them The Charmer-you draw others in with your charm, yet trust is your Achilles heel The Commander-you take charge of the situation and gain admiration from others, but fear any loss of control The Inspirer-you are star power in action, yet your vision for the future can derail the needs of workers right nowThe book outlines a process for avoiding your type's signature destructive reflexes and replacing them with new behaviors-helping you to interact productively with other people in the office. By showing you how to recognize your type's blind spots and then recondition your actions, Power Genes will give you the insights and action plan you need to become a more consistently powerful professional. It's time to throw out unproductive habits and take charge of your workplace relationships.
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