Your Job Survival Guide A Manual for Thriving in Change

ISBN-10: 0137127022
ISBN-13: 9780137127023
Edition: 2009
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Description: No matter what industry or business you're in, today you face an environment of "permanent whitewater," characterized by intense uncertainty and unrelenting change. Most people struggle to cope with this new environment: they work with far too  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 8/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.20" wide x 8.20" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

No matter what industry or business you're in, today you face an environment of "permanent whitewater," characterized by intense uncertainty and unrelenting change. Most people struggle to cope with this new environment: they work with far too little sleep and far too much stress, finding themselves pushed beyond their limits without a moment to regroup.Your Job Survival Guideintroduces you to the new mindsets, equipment, and skills you need to thrive in an era of non-stop, accelerating change. While other books focus on the broad, abstract principles of leading change,Your Job Survival Guideis the first book for those who need to successfully navigate the new "whitewater environment" when one false move can be catastrophic. Drawing on extensive experience in industries ranging from telecom to energy to health care, the authors show how to pace yourself to preserve your sanity... prepare to fail gracefully and recover quickly... retain optimism, resilience and a sense of play no matter how hard you're working... build a "personal flotation device" designed to protect your career security... and set your own course...... lead ad hoc, loosely linked teams that constantly form and re-form... thrive in an environment that demands more, and delivers non-stop adventure in return.

Gregory P. Shea, Ph.D., consults, researches, writes, and teaches in the areas of organizational and individual change, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. He is a principal in the Coxe Group international consultancy; Senior Consultant at the Center for Applied Research, and faculty member at Wharton. A graduate of Harvard, he holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. in Administrative Science from Yale. nbsp; Robert E. Guntheris a professional business writer who has worked on 17 books, includingThe Truth About Making DecisionsandConvergence Marketing.

Robert Gunther is coauthor or collaborator on more than 20 books, including The Wealthy 100 and The Truth About Making Smart Decisions. He has appeared on CNBC's "Power Lunch," NPR's "Morning Edition," and numerous local and national radio and television programs, and his projects have been featured in The New York Times, Time, USA Today, and Fortune. His columns or articles also have been published in Harvard Business Review, American Heritage, Investor's Business Daily, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. As founder of Gunther Communications, he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, universities, and major nonprofits. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Preface: We Surely All Will Die
An Eskimo on the Titanic
Dangerous Waters
Sailors and Paddlers: Your Real Job Is Change
The Limits of Flat-Water Thinking
Working the Eddies: Pace Yourself to Preserve Your Sanity
All Hands on Deck
We Are Drowning in Change
The Impact of Exhaustion
Strategies for Pacing
Create a "Not To Do" List
Build Breaks in the Action
Get Good Sleep
Take a Nap
Enforce Vacations
Avoid the Perils of the Crazy Brave and Phony Tough
Keep a Roll in Reserve
Mastering the Roll: Prepare to Fail Gracefully and Recover Quickly
Failure Is the Only Option
Strategies for Failing Quickly and Recovering Gracefully
Treat Your Career as a Series of Experiments
Minimize the Risk of Failure
Master the Emotions of Failure
Practice Failing
Prepare to Learn from Failure
Make Your Mistakes on the Move
Failing and Play
The Power of Play: Optimism and Resilience
The Play's the Thing
The Power of Optimism
Strategies for Unsinkable Optimism
Create Optimism and Avoid Learned Helplessness
When All Else Fails, Paddle Like Hell
Choose Your Equipment for the Right Level of Fun
Patience: Keep Your Feet Up and Go With the Flow
Recharge by Paddling
Create Time and Space for Play
Cultivate Exuberance
Personal Flotation: You Are Responsible for Your Own Security
Sink or Swim
Strategies for Personal Flotation
Learn Self-Rescue by Developing Your "Brand You"
Build a Portfolio of Projects
Practice Your Offiside Roll: Cultivate Diverse Skills to Increase Maneuverability
Create Strong Networks
Take Care of Your Health
Alone in a Tight Place
Scouting and Portaging: Set Your Own Course
Meaning Is Local
Get Out When You Hear the Roarof the Falls
Strategies for Scouting and Portaging
Listen to the River: Read the Water
Develop Your Intuition and Then Listen to It
Listen to Others: Learn from Reports of Fellow Travelers
Know When To Portage
Recognize When You Are Drowning
Listen to Your Heart
When in Doubt, Scout
The Phoenix
Rising Above the Roar: Communicate Through Symbols
Strategies for Communicating Above the Roar
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Maintain a Line of Sight
Never Risk a Lie-Even Unintentionally
Ensure Two-Way Communication
Create Space to Grieve: Funerals, Irish Wakes, Slicing Nursing Stations, and Other Symbolic Events
Make Sense of What Happened: Share Stories Around the Fire
Use Myths to Create Meaning
Use Metaphors
Finding Meaning and Shaping a Legacy
Building Flocks: Teaming for Today's Run
Murmurations of Starlings: Teams Have a Life of Their Own
Strategies for Teaming
Know What You Bring to the Team
Know Your Teammates
Become Skilled at Entering and Leaving Teams
Find Safety in Numbers
Understand What Game You Are Playing
Choose the Right Vessel
Understand the Working of Teams
The Power of the Team
Leading Trips: Guiding Through Permanent Whitewater
Leading in Permanent Whitewater
Understand Power and Influence on the River
Build Trust
Stepping Aside: Manage Shifting Roles
Enabling Leaders and Following Followers: Stepping Up to Leadership
Assembling the Right Team
Structuring the Team
Humility and the Art of Leading from Behind
Conclusion, What Conclusion?
Building the G-Rig
The Rivers Are Rising
No Place to Hide-But Why Would You Want To?
Endnotes
Index

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