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The Secrets of Success at Work: 10 Steps to Accelerating Your Career Paperback – 22 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Business; 1 edition (22 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273715127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273715122
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picked as one of the six best personal development books: "...full of tips on how to make the most of your career" - The Telegraph, 19 June 2008

Ron Ashkenas, Managing Partner, Robert H. Schaffer & Associates, Stamford, Ct. USA and co-author of The Boundaryless Organization, The GE Work-Out, and Rapid Results.

"If you are just starting your career, or are looking to take a leap ahead, this book will be your secret weapon. It's like having a personal coach whispering in your ear as you take the field. You'll be provoked, challenged, inspired and motivated. But most of all, you'll know the simple secret plays that will help you win the game!"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on 1 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
There is just absolutely nothing to it. A truly dreadful business book.
It might only be 158 pages but it could have been written in ten pages.
There is just no content at all.
The only useful information in it, you will know already.
I find it staggering how this got published. I do recommend that you skim through this in a bookshop, otherwise you will probably not believe just how little there is to it.
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Richard Hall's book "The Secrets of Success at Work" is small enough to keep in the inner pocket of your corporate flak jacket. It's crammed with wisdom, delivered with wit, written in an easy, conversational style and packs a punch!

Sections on managing your boss, choosing destinations, functional meetings, how to build a great team, and being positive, stand out for me. But it is all consistently high quality material. Two things distinguish it from other `self improvement' books. First; Hall backs up his analysis and assertions with plainly written real life examples, suggestions and techniques; and secondly; he cares - he wants you to succeed!

It's not all carrot. Although delivered with a light touch, there's some stick too. "Try to avoid being perceived as both arrogant and mediocre" and "excessive candour can be unhelpful" made me laugh but gave me a moment of critical self-appraisal too.

An almanac of practical, usable, valuable career advice. Buy it, read it, apply it (and then ensure your teenage offspring do too!).
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Richard Hall's latest book is his best to date and I really wish he had written it 25 years ago when I was still at the crucial early stages of my career. He declares up front that it is a self-improvement book. Unlike so many it this genre, however, it is all firmly rooted in a reality that draws on Hall's own considerable experience without banging his own drum too much.

Typical of his approach is to emphasise the importance of enthusiasm and then to qualify it as `intelligent enthusiasm', which he goes on to explain. Highlights for me include the sections of Active Listening, Laughter, Diversity, Impactful communication and Seeing yourself as a brand. Anyone involved in encouraging people towards Continuing Professional Development could also take inspiration from the way he really makes you want to carry on learning.

There's an awful lot crammed into this deceptively slim volume and you come away thinking how great it would be to work for Richard Hall or, for that matter, have dinner with him.
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I first picked up this book a year or so ago and was not impressed at the time, yet having read the whole book a few days ago, I changed my view completely. A simple, straight-forward book written for anyone who is embarking on working for someone else and looking to make a success of their time being an employee.

The author obviously comes across as very articulate, funny and wise, except for when he mentions Fred Goodwin, which no doubt you will read the other reviewer's remark upon (hindsite is a wonderful thing).

The first few chapters cover areas such as self-esteem, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes etc. The author then goes on to cover topics such as continuous learning, team work and creativity.

Worth a read if you are embarking on your career, or if you have been out of work for a long time and looking to get back into work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. A. Machon on 28 Mar. 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. Richard's style is so very clear and straightforward. It captures the essence of what makes us successful and is a valuable book to carry around to remind and inspire.
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By H. Barratt on 12 Aug. 2008
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This is the second book I have read from Richard Hall and I must say it's another great book that works.

'The secrets of success at work' has helped me focus on what I really bring to the party. As a result of working through the self belief wall and my career doghnut I feel I know myself better and can use it to great effect at work.

Everyone should heed Richard's advice by having a mentor to bounce thoughts, ideas and feelings off. It's like having your own guardian angel in business.

A must for any ambitious individual looking to progress and impress.
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