Career Development All-in-One For Dummies

Career Development All-in-One For Dummies

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Overview

Take control of your career today

Want to get ahead in the workplace? Learn new skills and increase your visibility as a leader in your company with the help of this practical, hands-on guide to professional development. You'll find new techniques for being a better leader, tips for writing better emails, rules for running more effective meetings, and much more. Plus, you'll discover how to give presentations that will keep your audience engaged and learn to be a more mindful person.

Combined from seven of the best For Dummies books on career development topics, Career Development All-in-One For Dummies is your one-stop guide to taking control of your career and improving your professional life. Perfect on its own or as part of a formal development program, it gives you everything you need to advance your career.

  • Become a better leader
  • Manage your time wisely
  • Write effective business communications
  • Manage projects more effectively

Success is an individual responsibility—so put your professional future in your own hands with this guide!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119363088
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 1,146,138
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 1

Icons Used in This Book 2

Beyond the Book 2

Book 1: Mindfulness 3

Chapter 1: Exploring Mindfulness in the Workplace 5

Becoming More Mindful at Work 6

Finding Out Why Your Brain Needs Mindfulness 12

Starting Your Mindful Journey 21

Chapter 2: Discovering the Benefits of Mindfulness 27

Discovering the Benefits for Employees 27

Looking at the Organizational Benefits of Mindfulness 37

Chapter 3: Applying Mindfulness in the Workplace 47

Gaining Perspective in the Modern-Day Workplace 47

Adjusting Your Mental Mind-Set 55

Rewiring Your Brain 60

Developing Mindfulness at Work 63

Chapter 4: Practicing Mindfulness in the Digital Age 73

Choosing When to Use Technology 73

Communicating Mindfully 78

Using Technology Mindfully 88

Book 2: Project Management 93

Chapter 1: Achieving Results 95

Determining What Makes a Project a Project 95

Defining Project Management 100

Knowing the Project Manager’s Role 107

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Effective Project Manager? 111

Chapter 2: Knowing Your Project’s Audiences 113

Understanding Your Project’s Audiences 114

Developing an Audience List 114

Considering the Drivers, Supporters, and Observers 122

Displaying Your Audience List 128

Confirming Your Audience’s Authority 129

Assessing Your Audience’s Power and Interest 131

Chapter 3: Clarifying Your Project 133

Defining Your Project with a Scope Statement 133

Looking at the Big Picture: Explaining the Need for Your Project 136

Marking Boundaries: Project Constraints 151

Documenting Your Assumptions 155

Presenting Your Scope Statement 155

Chapter 4: Developing a Game Plan 157

Breaking Your Project into Manageable Chunks 157

Creating and Displaying a WBS 170

Identifying Risks While Detailing Your Work 180

Documenting Your Planned Project Work 182

Chapter 5: Keeping Everyone Informed 183

Successful Communication Basics 184

Choosing the Appropriate Medium for Project Communication 188

Preparing a Written Project-Progress Report 193

Holding Key Project Meetings 198

Preparing a Project Communications Management Plan 201

Book 3: Leadership 203

Chapter 1: Building Your Leadership Muscles 205

Putting Your Brain to Work 206

Communicating Effectively 213

Driving Yourself 215

Developing a Sense of Urgency 216

Being Honest and Searching for the Truth 218

Displaying Good Judgment 218

Being Dependable and Consistent 218

Creating an Atmosphere of Trust 219

Encouraging a Learning Environment 220

Looking for Common Ground: The Type O Personality 221

Chapter 2: Managing as a Leader 223

Setting Reasonable Goals 223

Delegating to Your Team 225

Settling Disputes in Your Team 232

Allowing Your Team to Find Its Own Path 233

Leading When You Aren’t Really the Leader 234

Chapter 3: Creating a Vision 243

Where Do Visions Come From? 243

Supplying the Human Element 246

Establishing a Standard of Excellence 248

Helping You Stay Ahead of the Game 248

A Vision Links the Present to the Future 251

A Vision Is a Doable Dream 253

A Vision Is Not Just an Idea 255

A Vision Is Based on Reality 258

A Vision Helps You Harness Opportunities 260

A Vision Is Dynamic 265

Chapter 4: Leading across Cultures 267

Leading in a Diverse World 267

Emerging as a Leader from a Cultural Group 271

Leading across International Divides 273

Leading in the Virtual Age 275

Book 4: Time Management 277

Chapter 1: Organizing Yourself 279

Planning 279

Grabbing the Three Keys to Personal Organization 282

Chapter 2: Setting Yourself Up for Success 285

Getting to Know Yourself 286

Following a System 289

Overcoming Time-Management Obstacles 291

Garnering Support While Establishing Your Boundaries 293

Keeping Motivation High 295

Chapter 3: Valuing Your Time 297

Getting a Good Grip on the Time-Equals-Money Concept 298

Calculating Your Hourly Income 299

Boosting Your Hourly Value through Your Work Efforts 301

Making Value-Based Time Decisions in Your Personal Life 302

Chapter 4: Focusing, Prioritizing, and Time-Blocking 307

Focusing Your Energy with the 80/20 Theory of Everything 308

Getting Down to Specifics: Daily Prioritization 315

Blocking Off Your Time and Plugging in Your To-Do Items 318

Assessing Your Progress and Adjusting Your Plan as Needed 322

Chapter 5: Controlling Email Overload 327

Managing Email Effectively 327

Separating Your Work and Private Life 329

Responding to Email More Quickly 330

Book 5: Business Writing 335

Chapter 1: Planning Your Message 337

Adopting the Plan-Draft-Edit Principle 337

Fine-Tuning Your Plan: Your Goals and Audience 338

Making People Care 347

Choosing Your Written Voice: Tone 351

Using Relationship-Building Techniques 355

Chapter 2: Making Your Writing Work 359

Stepping into a Twenty-First-Century Writing Style 359

Enlivening Your Language 368

Using Reader-Friendly Graphic Techniques 375

Chapter 3: Improving Your Work 381

Changing Hats: Going from Writer to Editor 381

Reviewing the Big and Small Pictures 385

Moving from Passive to Active 395

Sidestepping Jargon, Clichés, and Extra Modifiers 398

Chapter 4: Troubleshooting Your Writing 403

Organizing Your Document 403

Catching Common Mistakes 411

Reviewing and Proofreading: The Final Check 419

Chapter 5: Writing Emails That Get Results 425

Fast-Forwarding Your Agenda In-House and Out-of-House 426

Getting Off to a Great Start 428

Building Messages That Achieve Your Goals 433

Structuring Your Middle Ground 438

Closing Strong 440

Perfecting Your Writing for Email 441

Book 6: Presentations 447

Chapter 1: Creating Compelling Content 449

Getting Your Content Up to Par 450

Adding Variety and Impact 452

Chapter 2: Honing Your Platform Skills 463

Using Your Voice to Command Attention 464

Captivating Audiences with Your Eyes 472

Finding the Right Posture 475

Making the Right Facial Expressions 481

Gesturing Creatively 482

Chapter 3: Captivating Your Audience 487

Touching on the Laws of Communication Impact 488

Starting with the Law of Primacy 489

Starting Off on the Right Foot 491

Building Your Introduction 496

Chapter 4: Keeping Your Audience Captivated 503

Standing and Shouting Out: The Law of Emphasis and Intensity 504

Involving Your Audience: The Law of Exercise and Engagement 511

Hitting Their Hot Buttons: The Law of Interest 513

Facing the Consequences: The Law of Effect 515

Chapter 5: Ending on a High Note 517

Concluding Effectively: The Law of Recency 518

Affecting Your Audience Right to the End 519

Giving a Tactical Conclusion 521

Engineering Your Conclusion with Building Blocks 524

Book 7: Negotiation 533

Chapter 1: Negotiating for Life 535

When Am I Negotiating? 535

The Six Basic Skills of Negotiating 536

Handling All Sorts of Negotiations 543

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Want 547

Creating Your Vision 548

Deciding How You Are Going to Achieve Your Vision 555

Preparing Yourself for Negotiation 559

Defining Your Space 563

Chapter 3: Setting Goals 567

Setting a Good Goal 568

Separating Long-Range Goals from Short-Range Goals 574

Setting the Opening Offer 574

Breaking the Stone Tablet 575

Chapter 4: Asking the Right Questions 577

Tickle It Out: The Art of Coaxing Out Information 577

Asking Good Questions: A Real Power Tool 580

Dealing with Unacceptable Responses 590

Look for Evidence of Listening 591

Chapter 5: Closing the Deal 593

Good Deals, Bad Deals, and Win-Win Negotiating 594

Concessions versus Conditions 599

What It Means to Close a Deal 601

Understanding the Letter of the Law 602

Recognizing When to Close 604

Knowing How to Close 605

Barriers to Closing 609

Closing When It’s All in the Family 613

When the Deal Is Done 614

Index 617

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