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Grow Wherever You Work: Straight Talk to Help with Your Toughest Challenges

Book Description

Powerful, unvarnished advice for growing through the work challenges all aspiring leaders face

The business world is full of catchphrases: follow your passion; think positive; be authentic; suck it up; take risks; network. All well-intentioned, but let’s be honest. This inch-deep advice just isn’t very helpful. How do real people succeed in the real world of work? That’s the question bestselling author Joanna Barsh sets out to answer—not by asking motivational gurus or well-established CEOs but by diving into the trenches with today’s boldest, brightest, up-and-coming leaders.

Distilling the stories of important work challenges from more than 200 rising leaders in 120 companies, this hands-on guide helps you grow through the challenges you face—not despite them. You’ll learn how to:

* Handle rising pressure and recover from colossal mistakes

* Bounce back from poor performance reviews and use them to up your game

* Get people on board with you and your mission

* Deal with office villains like a superhero

* Take uncomfortable risks and dare to challenge

* Grow when everything is falling apart around you

* Know when it’s time to find another position

Packed with raw experiences and on-the-job coping strategies from a rich diversity of voices—immigrants and first-generation Americans; blacks, Hispanics, and Asians; Ivy League alums and high school grads; and parents, some of whom are single—from all industries, this book offers the kind of nuts-and-bolts, real-world insights you won’t find anywhere else. Using these proven strategies, you can accelerate your growth with every new challenge. Best of all, you’ll be able to take the lead in your own career and build a future that works for you.

This is how ordinary people turn challenges into extraordinary opportunities for action—and how you can Grow Wherever You Work.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. 1. When Work Holds No Passion
    1. NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST
    2. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A WRONG TURN
    3. ANSWERING THE CALL
    4. A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
    5. SELF-DOUBT GUARDS THE TREASURE
    6. TAKING ON YOUR PASSION CHALLENGE
  9. 2. When the Pressure Threatens to Overwhelm
    1. MOVING TO THE DRIVER’S SEAT
    2. OPENING NIGHT WITH A NEW SCRIPT
    3. WITHOUT LIMITS
    4. DRAWING THE LINE
    5. THE TIPPING POINT
    6. TAKING ON YOUR PRESSURE CHALLENGE
  10. 3. When Your Mistake Feels Colossal
    1. PROMISING THE IMPOSSIBLE
    2. CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS
    3. THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW
    4. RECOVERING FROM A WHOPPER
    5. THE DAY IT HIT THE FAN
    6. STILL STANDING
    7. TAKING ON YOUR MISTAKE CHALLENGE
  11. 4. When Your Review Whacks You
    1. IT’S NOT FUNNY
    2. I’M OK, AND YOU’RE OK TOO
    3. THE GIFT OF UNFAIRNESS
    4. THE BRUTAL FACTS
    5. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
    6. TAKING ON YOUR REVIEW CHALLENGE
  12. 5. When People Don’t Come On Board
    1. A FISH OUT OF WATER
    2. WINNING OVER THE SKEPTICS
    3. IN HIS SHOES
    4. LISTENING LIKE YOU MEAN IT
    5. SHARING THE BURDEN
    6. TAKING ON YOUR PEOPLE CHALLENGE, PART I
  13. 6. When You’re Working with an Office Villain
    1. THE JERK WHO THREW A TANTRUM
    2. THE MONSTER WHO TURNED GOLD INTO DUST
    3. THE MEAN GIRL WHO INTERFERED
    4. THE 24/7 CRITIC
    5. THE BOSS WITH A BAD RAP
    6. TAKING ON YOUR PEOPLE CHALLENGE, PART II
  14. 7. When You Need a Sponsor
    1. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF SPONSORS
    2. THE MASTER APPRENTICE
    3. WILL YOU BE MY RABBI?
    4. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
    5. BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
    6. IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
    7. TAKING ON YOUR SPONSOR CHALLENGE
  15. 8. When You Dare to Challenge
    1. AT A LOSS FOR WORDS
    2. SHATTERING CAREER-LIMITING SILENCE
    3. STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF
    4. THE REWARDS OF INDEPENDENCE
    5. THINKING FOR YOURSELF
    6. TAKING ON YOUR LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
  16. 9. When Risk Taking Feels Like Jumping Off a Cliff
    1. HEADING GLADLY INTO THE UNKNOWN
    2. AFTER THE FALL
    3. LIVING AND WORKING IN TECHNICOLOR
    4. A FIGHTER AND AN UNDERDOG WALK INTO A BAR
    5. FAILING FOR A LIVING
    6. TAKING ON YOUR RISK CHALLENGE
  17. 10. When You Have to Be a Superhero
    1. THE QUIET HERO
    2. THE CITIZEN LEADER
    3. THE COWBOY SHERIFF
    4. CRISIS AVENGER
    5. THE DEMON SLAYER
    6. TAKING ON YOUR SUPERHERO CHALLENGE
  18. 11. When Everything Sucks
    1. PREPARING FOR THE DAY
    2. A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE
    3. PUTTING OUT THE FIRES
    4. BRINGING YOUR A GAME TO PLAN B
    5. ESCAPING THE BLACK HOLE
    6. TAKING ON YOUR SUCK CHALLENGE
  19. 12. When Work Doesn’t Feel Worth It
    1. SHOULD I STAY, OR SHOULD I GO?
    2. STUCK ON PERMA HOLD
    3. BREAKING THE CYCLE
    4. WAKING UP
    5. TIME TO GO
    6. TAKING ON YOUR WORK CHALLENGE
  20. Endnote
  21. Index