As an executive coach, I know the path to professional success isn’t what it used to be. In many ways that’s good. Today, there are more professional opportunities available than ever before. But in order to reap the rewards and enjoyment from a successful career, you must know how to acquire the skills you’ll need for your journey, how to manage yourself in unexpected circumstances, and how to roll with the punches.

For decades I’ve worked closely with high-achieving professionals and I’ve learned that you can’t predict where your career path will take you. But you can prepare for it. You can learn smart workplace tactics and, at the same time, gradually build qualities that will bring you success.

For much of the 20th century, ...

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