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Navigate by Choice or Chance

Scratch the surface of most cynics, and you find a frustrated idealist— someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.—Peter M. Senge

If you’re like most people, you want purpose, personal growth, and professional development. You want flexibility, freedom, economic security, and work-life balance. Your quest, either by luck or design, is to land a job in an organization that works with you to develop your future in exchange for your doing a kickass job. You also likely understand that you need to take charge. Master chess players anticipate ten moves ahead; rookies make one move at a time.

In this chapter, our goal is to help you navigate your compassionate career so that you can play ...

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