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Most Likely to Succeed at Work

How to Get Ahead at Work Using Everything You Learned in High School

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As Kurt Vonnegut once said, "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."

When it comes down to it, work--with its know-it-alls, gossips, and brown-noser--is a lot like high school. This clever and useful book helps readers identify and better communicate with these and other common types we all remember from the days when report cards, not business reports, were our concern, and when the big social event was the prom, not the company picnic.

You don't need to dig out your yearbook to get a glimpse of these types--just take a look around your office: the Teacher's Pet, the Player, the Cheerleader, the Go-Getter, the Underachiever, the Class Clown, and many more.

With wit and uncanny accuracy, corporate coaches Wilma Davidson and Jack Dougherty outline all the members of the "class," offering tips on working efficiently with each type, whether they're your boss, your client, or a colleague. The book also delivers advice on handling authority, conformity, looks, popularity, "sex education," and other indignities from high school that live on in the workplace.

Whether you're still the same as you were in high school, a combination of types, or a reformed Rebel turned Class President, you will delight in and learn from this unique guide.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 2003 – The title pretty much says it all in this business/self-help manual by corporate communications coaches Davidson and Dougherty. Using high school stereotypes found in teen movies, if not actual high schools, the authors attempt to reveal the secrets to office triumph by offering a taxonomy of types. For instance, there's the Jock, who"favors sports analogies" in conversation and is a team player; the Brown-noser, who hides his incompetence beneath an endless stream of flattery; and the approval-seeking Thespian, who may be moody but is quick on his feet. Davidson and Dougherty detail how to navigate relationships with these types and numerous others, including the Cheerleader, the Class Clown, the Geek and the Party Animal, and suggest what to do if you might be one of these sorts yourself. Their position is not unreasonable--high school social experiences are very formative, after all--but it assumes that people have failed to mature or change in the years between school and work; also, the authors work so hard to make their case that they end up deflating it through overstatements such as"high school is simply a lab for the rest of our life."
Most Likely to Succeed at Work
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Management & Leadership
  • Published: Oct 14, 2004
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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