Have you ever been stuck in a job that doesn't seem to fit anymore? Have you been passed over for a job that you thought you would be perfect for? Have you gotten off of your career path, but you aren't sure how? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is probably for you.
Dr. Frankel writes about eight strategies that she has developed to overcome the situations above. She states that childhood experiences, mostly the relationship between children and their parents, shape the way that people react to their work situation. Most of us don't realize that our overbearing boss unconsciously reminds us of our bossy mother and that we react to the boss in much the same way that we used to react to our moms.
Frankel offers the perspective of thirty years as a "human resource professional, management consultant and executive coach" and her book is filled with real-life examples and solutions. Each chapter gives a detailed explanation of each of Frankel's Success Strategies, along with examples and tips on how to implement it. At the end of each chapter is a list of coaching tips, of which the reader is encouraged to pick two to three to put into practice.
The book also includes resources that include a Career Status Check that allows the reader to quickly test if they have any weaknesses in the eight areas, as well as suggestions for websites, books and organizations that can help readers develop the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
I found Frankel's writing style easy to understand and most of her suggestions applicable to my own career. Although there were some cliches used throughout the book, they were not enough to detract from the insights offered by Frankel's life experiences.
Armchair Interviews says: Recommended it to anyone who wants some common-sense tips on how to succeed in their career.