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Win at Work!: The Everybody Wins Approach to Conflict Resolution by Diane Katz PhD

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Epilogue "Working the Circle" as You Advance Your Career

If we divided our careers into sections, those sections might look something like this:

  1. Getting started

    • Landing the first job

    • Learning the system

    • Exploring different environments, people, and positions

    • Developing a view—probably somewhat unrealistic at this stage—of one's strengths and weaknesses

    • Hungering for feedback

    • Feeling intimidated by, yet wanting to be among, senior management

    • Developing organizational loyalty

  2. Building the résumé

    • Finding greater autonomy

    • Feeling some disillusionment with the system

    • Accomplishing successful project management

    • Developing allies and adversaries

    • Gaining deeper insight into one's strengths

    • Gaining greater awareness of one's weaknesses

    • Still desiring feedback, but lower expectations of getting it

    • Feeling diminished organizational loyalty

  3. Gaining competence (Note: This usually implies you've had two or three jobs by now, though not necessarily)

    • Having less reliance on feedback

    • Gathering leadership opportunities

    • Defining preferences for environments, people, and positions

    • Moving up the organizational chart (if that has been a goal)

    • Achieving greater financial independence

    • Experiencing, perhaps, being laid off or even fired

    • Growing skepticism toward senior management

    • Taking pride in one's strengths, concern about one's weaknesses

    • Having loyalty to oneself and one's manager (if he or she is a positive role model), as opposed to the organization

  4. Focusing on the 401(k)

    • Not needing feedback

    • Having less patience for those who ...

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