Effective Immediately

Paperback $14.99

Ten Speed Press | Apr 13, 2010 | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781580089999

  • Paperback$14.99

    Ten Speed Press | Apr 13, 2010 | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781580089999

  • Ebook$13.99

    Ten Speed Press | Apr 13, 2010 | 208 Pages | ISBN 9781580084215

Praise

“Effective Immediately will teach you what you didn’t learn in college.”
—Jim Pawlak, business book reviewer for The Dallas Morning News, 5/2/10

“For recent graduates accustomed to giving teachers exactly what’s expected, the challenge of a workplace may be daunting. That’s why it would be useful for college presidents to hand out Effective Immediately to their students along with the diplomas. Co-authors Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg tell readers how to make their mark early on.”
—Leslie Whitaker, Content That Works 
 
“This is a book with brevity, energy and wit likely to appeal to newbies in the career maze.”
—Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media Services

“The perfect resource to help college graduates launch a successful career.”
—Brad Smith, president and chief executive officer, Intuit

“A no-nonsense guide to maintaining a powerful presence at work that yields extraordinary results and keeps you ahead of the pack.”
—Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of Me 2.0

“Grads will learn a lot and have a few good laughs in the process.”
—Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You

“This book is filled with invaluable wisdom from authors who have led and inspired others. It’s that increasingly rare book—written with respect for our time with brevity, clarity, energy, and wit. What more could a reader ask for?”
—Harry Beckwith, bestselling author of Selling the Invisible and You, Inc.
 
Effective Immediately shows recent college graduates how to be key players at work by providing them with the necessary tools to successfully manage their professional image, their relationships with coworkers and their boss, and ultimately their career trajectory.”
—Shawn Graham, director of MBA Career Services, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Courting Your Career
 
“An essential resource for young professionals that bridges the gap between what you can’t learn in college—and what you need to know to succeed on the job.”
—Gaston Caperton, president, the College Board, creator of the SAT and Advanced Placement Program
 
“This book packs a wallop of practical wisdom for young rookies determined to make it to the all-stars.”
—Robyn Waters, author of The Trendmaster’s Guide and The Hummer and the Mini

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
Acknowledgments . . . xii
Introduction . . . 1
A Contract between You and Über-You . . . 3
 
 
Part One
Get It Right, Right Out of the Gate . . . 5
   1  / Conquer Your First Day . . . 6             
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 9
   2  /  Have Patience . . . 10
   3  /  Mind Your “-Ilities” . . . 11
   4  / Prepare for the Brain Dump . . . 12
   5  / Don’t Expect a Lot of Hand-Holding . . . 14
   6  / What You Need to Know in the First Few Weeks . . . 15
   7  / A Crash Course in Professional Etiquette . . . 17
   8  / Ace Your First Meetings . . . 20              
   9  / The Trick to Taking Notes . . . 22
   10  /    Get the Worm . . . 24
   11  /    Gen What? . . . 25
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 27
   12  /    Put on Your Game Face . . . 28
   13  /    Write Makes Might . . . 29
   14  /    Never Be Afraid to Say “I Don’t Know” . . . 32
   15  /    The Ultimate Workplace Accessory . . . 33
   16  /    Say Good-Bye to Casual Friday . . . 34
   17  /    Buy (and Display) These Books . . . 35
   18  /    Do More Than You’re Paid For . . . 36
   19  /    You Put Your What on Facebook? . . . 37
   20  /    Dining al Desko . . . 39
   21  /    Flirting at Work: Yes, No, Maybe? . . . 41
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 43
   22  /    Writing a Self-Memo . . . 44
   23  /    Above All, Care . . . 46
 
 
Part Two
Score Major-League Points When You’re Still a Rookie . . . 47
   24  /    One Thing You Should Do Every Friday . . . 48
   25  /    Beware of Circle Talkers . . . 51
   26  /    Join Toastmasters . . . 52
   27  /    Thirteen Ways to Raise Your Profile . . . 54
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 59
   28  /    Turn Grunt Work into Great Work . . . 60
   29  /    A Note about Thank-You Notes . . . 61
   30  /    Make Your Work Look Like a Million Bucks . . . 64
   31  /    Do Feared Things First . . . 66
   32  /    Don’t Get Caught Up in Downtime . . . 67
   33  /    Take the Blame and Move On . . . 68
   34  /    Don’t Let Your Emotions Hold You Back . . . 70
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 71
   35  /    Toot Your Own Horn without Looking Like a Jerk . . . 72
   36  /    Keep Your Deadlines Realistic . . . 73
   37  /    Read Ravenously . . . 74
   38  /    Don’t Miss Your Industry’s Best Conferences . . . 75
 
 
Part Three
Earn Unbridled Respect from Your Boss, Colleagues, and Clients . . . 77
   39  /    To Get People to Like You, Like Them . . . 78
   40  /    Seven Life Lessons in Fifty Words . . . 79
   41  /    How to Make Your Boss and Coworkers Hate You . . . 80
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 81
   42  /    Embrace Adversity . . . 82
   43  /    Never Send a Nastygram . . . 84
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 87
   44  /    The Blatant Change of Topic . . . 88
   45  /    When to Confront a Colleague . . . 91
   46  /    How to Deal with Difficult Clients . . . 92
   47  /    How to Handle Conflicts with Clients . . . 94
   48  /    Protect Yourself against Cynics and Complainers Disease . . . 97
   49  /    Don’t Be the Slug . . . 98
   50  /    Ten Things Coworkers Want You to Say . . . 100
   51  /    If Coworkers Are Avoiding You, It Could Be Because . . . 101
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 103
   52  /    Have a Nice Day . . . 104
   53  /    What to Do When Personal Tragedy Hits . . . 105
   54  /    How to Handle Your Boss . . . 107
   55  /    Things Bosses Love . . . 109
   56  /    Cope with—and Avoid—Workload Overload . . . 113
   57  /    Midpoint Check-In . . . 119
 
 
Part Four
Build Career Mojo . . . 121
   58  /    How to Land Key Projects . . . 122
   59  /    Expect to Be Backstabbed . . . 124
   60  /    How to Lead Your Own Meetings . . . 127
   61  /    The Best Way to Follow Up After a Meeting . . . 131
   62  /    How to Minimize Unnecessary Meetings . . . 132
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 134
   63  /    How to Write a First-Class Article . . . 135
   64  /    How to Create a Work Plan . . . 138
   65  /    How to Create a Timeline . . . 140
   66  /    How to Create a Budget . . . 142
   67  /    Mega Project Management . . . 145
   68  /    Don’t Stop at No . . . 154
   69  /    You Will Never Be Completely Caught Up . . . 157
   70  /    Plot Your Next Move . . . 158
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 161
 
 
Part Five
Develop a Killer Edge . . . 163
   71  /    You Are CEO of Y.O.U. . . . 164
   72  /    Specialize! . . . 167
   73  /    Find Your Inner Gene Kelly . . . 168
   74  /    Make Time for Your Power Hour . . . 170
   75  /    Cluttered Desk = Cluttered Mind . . . 171
   76  /    How to Obtain Real Business Insight . . . 172
   77  /    Connect the Dots . . . 176
   78  /    Become a Student of the World . . . 178
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 179
   79  /    Seriously Grow Your Network . . . 181
 
 
Part Six
Become a Skilled, Nontoxic Leader . . . 185
   80  /    You’ll Never Lead People Who Don’t Respect You . . . 186
   81  /    The Leadership Test . . . 187
   82  /    Avoid Decision Making by Committee . . . 189
   83  /    Share the Spotlight . . . 190
   84  /    Let People Learn for Themselves . . . 191
   85  /    Be Strict about Deadlines . . . 192
   86  /    Give Back . . . 193
   87  /    Exit Gracefully . . . 194
               Newbie to Newbie . . . 197
   88  /    Final Self-Assessment . . . 199
 
 
Epilogue . . . 200
Index . . . 202
About the Authors . . . 207
About College Summit . . . 209

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