Title The Successful Career Toolkit
Subtitle Your Quick Fire Guide to Mastering Business Skills
Author Patrick Barr
ISBN 9780749484774
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 232
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
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Status New Arrival
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Reviews:

“This is a superb book. It is crammed with clear and practical help for every stage of a career. One to own and dip into over and over again.”

Marcella Flood, Head of Digital Transformation, Allianz Care

 

“Paddy Barr has put together a comprehensive guide for business success. Whether you are new to the workforce or a seasoned business veteran, this book is a tool that everyone can use to help achieve success.”

Kevin Blair, Western Washington Regional President, Washington Trust Bank USA

 

“This is a really a useful resource, full of bite-sized titbits, and useful to people at every stage of their career or lives.”

Todd Dunlap, Managing Director, Booking.com Americas

 

The Successful Career Toolkit is very comprehensive and written in a very accessible and clear manner.”

Orla O’Connor, Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland

 

“This wonderful book successfully shows us the importance and benefits of strategizing and planning. It is a fantastic tool for career and personal development. Whilst it presents itself as a career toolkit, it offers so much more. It reminds us that personal and professional relationships are paramount to how we drive our success and enjoy our working life. This will become your go-to book, to reference time and time again.”

Una Tynan, Founder and Managing Director, Blank Canvas Cosmetics

 

“Very concise and to the point, with great reference points throughout the book. It’s very much a handbook guide to a successful career path. It contains all the right building blocks from managing yourself to managing others to finally managing your role at hand.”

Andre Severi, Managing Director, Cürex Group

 

“This is an immensely practical and useful book, full of eminently sensible advice. It is refreshingly jargon-free and clearly benefits from the author’s extensive experience as a practicing executive. The structure of the book, which breaks down the topics into bite-sized insights, coupled with practical tips, tricks and takeaways, makes it an ideal playbook that should be in the top drawer of every manager’s desk.”

Dr Colm Foster, Director of Executive Education, Irish Management Institute

 

“Managing a career in today’s environment is always tough. Patrick Barr has a genuinely thoughtful approach which encompasses proven practices that he employed through his own career with fantastic success. The tips and tricks section in each chapter is invaluable as a reference and the reflective exercises included really help ensure the lessons land and are instantly practical. For anyone wanting to take control of their career and understand how to climb the career ladder - this is a must-read.”

Dave Warrick, General Manager, Global Supply Chain, Microsoft


Description:

As you progress in your career, you will face new challenges. From managing yourself, to managing processes, projects, and people, what works for one situation may not work for another and you’ll need to be able to develop and apply what you know in a different way. The Successful Career Toolkit is a helpful survival guide to keep on hand no matter where your career takes you. With focused, skill-based topics in three broad areas - managing yourself, managing tools and processes, and managing others - this book uses tried-and-trusted coaching techniques to help you face any imaginable workplace challenge, from asking for a raise or managing a difficult conversation, to improving your presentation skills or giving constructive feedback to an employee.

Written by experienced senior business leader, coach, and mentor Patrick Barr, this book does what it says on the tin - providing concise and empowering guidance on a range of essential business skills. With practical, interactive exercises throughout, The Successful Career Toolkit is a vital resource you will return to again and again as you progress in your chosen career.


Contents:

How to use this book

 

Part One: Managing self

Chapter 1: Communication skills • Written communication • Due diligence • Presentations • Dealing with apprehension and nerves • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 2: My curriculum vitae • What should I include in my CV? • Structuring your CV • What is the two-page rule? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise • Reference

Chapter 3: Career planning • What are the 4Ps? • Career planning process • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 4: Induction (as an employee) • Early success priorities • The unwritten rules • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 5: Building good relationships • Take an interest in other people • Place yourself in the other person’s situation • Present yourself • Ways of working • A quick win • Be solution oriented • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 6: Why mindset matters • Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? • How can I change my mindset? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise • Reference

Chapter 7: Personal work–life balance • Be iterative • Be consistent • Be clear • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 8: Managing stress • How to manage stress • What should I do if I think someone at work is under stress? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 9: Dealing with disappointing news at work • Being passed over for a promotion • Receiving disappointing or negative feedback • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 10: Resilience • How can you boost your resilience? • Am I lacking resilience? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 11: Managing your personal brand • Why do I need a brand? • How to develop your brand • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 12: Effective networking • Why do I need to network? • How do I start networking? • Networking introductions • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 13: Leadership • What makes a good leader? • Am I lacking as a leader? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

 

Part Two: Managing others

Chapter 14: How to disagree • The what and the how • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 15: How to handle a difficult boss or peer • Try not to take it personally • Define the behaviour • Be aware of the cause and effect • Don’t fight fire with fire • Look for balance • Try to make the individual aware • Act early • Draw a line in the sand • Due diligence • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 16: Leading teams • How to be an effective team leader • Have you got the right team culture? • Tough conversations • Delegation • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 17: Supporting a team’s work–life balance • What makes a good work–life balance? • Consistency is critical • How does your work–life balance affect others? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 18: Performance discussions (as a manager) • Deliver positive results in performance discussions • Performance discussions with a high-performing individual • Performance discussions with a low-performing individual • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 19: Impact and influence • Meeting with a senior executive or key client • Make an impact when you are not the subject matter expert • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 20: Challenging the status quo • Driving change • Make change the focus • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 21: Building a culture of innovation • How can you encourage innovation? • Prepare the groundwork for innovation • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise • References

Chapter 22: Bringing about behavioural change • Our process for change • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 23: Overcoming resistance • Where is this resistance coming from? • How can I reduce resistance? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

 

Part Three: Managing the task

Chapter 24: How to interview (as a candidate) • Before the interview • In the interview • After the interview • How to handle a group interview • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 25: Performance discussions (as an employee) • When you are performing well • When you are not performing well • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 26: One-to-one meetings with your boss • Planning is key • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 27: How to ask for a pay rise • Prior to pay rise discussions • Preparing for the pay rise discussion • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 28: Negotiation skills • Knowledge • Timing • Strategy • Purchasing negotiations • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 29: How to handle an unethical request • Your course of action • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 30: How to resign • Before you resign • Letter of resignation • The notice period • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 31: How to interview (as the hiring manager) • Time for the interview • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 32: New employee induction • Induction: as a manager • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 33: Succession planning • What is succession planning? • How do I create a succession plan? • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 34: Breaking disappointing news to an employee • How to break bad news • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 35: Decision making • The decision-making process • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

Chapter 36: Starting your own business • First things first • Assess yourself • Your exit plan • Some preliminary key decisions • The product or service • The research and planning • Working on and in the business • Know the law • Taxation • You will need support • Tips, tricks and takeaways • Reflective exercise

 

Part Four: Appendices

Appendix 1: Sample CV 1

Appendix 2: Sample CV 2

Appendix 3: Induction review matrix

Appendix 4: Stakeholder map for employee inductions

Index


About the Author:

Patrick Barr has over 20 years international leadership experience, having held senior roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA in the airline, FMCG and IT industry sectors. Owner and Managing Partner of Barr Performance Coaching, he is passionate about leadership development and performance management. He is a member of the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Panel and The European Mentoring and Coaching Council.


Target Audience:

Whether you are new to the workforce or a seasoned business veteran, this book is a tool that everyone can use to help achieve success in their career.

 
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