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The Successful Career Toolkit

Your Quick Fire Guide to Mastering Business Skills

Patrick Barr



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Kogan Page
03 May 2019
As you progress in your career, you will face new challenges. From managing yourself, to managing processes, projects and people, what works for one situation may not work for another and you'll need to be able to develop and apply what you know in a different way. The Successful Career Toolkit is a helpful survival guide to keep on hand no matter where your career takes you. With focused, skill-based topics in three broad areas - managing yourself, managing tools and processes, and managing others - this book uses tried-and-trusted coaching techniques to help you face any imaginable workplace challenge, from asking for a raise or managing a difficult conversation, to improving your presentation skills or giving constructive feedback to an employee.

Written by experienced senior business leader, coach, and mentor Patrick Barr, this book does what it says on the tin - providing concise and empowering guidance on a range of essential business skills. With practical, interactive exercises throughout, The Successful Career Toolkit is a vital resource you will return to again and again as you progress in your chosen career.
By:   Patrick Barr
Imprint:   Kogan Page
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9780749484774
ISBN 10:   0749484772
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
    • Chapter - 00: Introduction & How to Use This Book;
  • Section - ONE: Managing Self;
    • Chapter - 01: Communication Skills;
    • Chapter - 02: My Curriculum Vitae;
    • Chapter - 03: Career Planning;
    • Chapter - 04: Induction (as an Employee);
    • Chapter - 05: Building Good Relationships;
    • Chapter - 06: Why Mindset Matters;
    • Chapter - 07: Work-Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 08: Managing Stress;
    • Chapter - 09: Dealing with Disappointing News in Work;
    • Chapter - 10: Resilience;
    • Chapter - 11: Managing Your Personal Brand;
    • Chapter - 12: Effective Networking;
    • Chapter - 13: Leadership;
  • Section - TWO: Managing Others;
    • Chapter - 14: How to Disagree;
    • Chapter - 15: How to Handle a Difficult Boss or Peer;
    • Chapter - 16: Leading Teams;
    • Chapter - 17: Supporting a Team's Work-Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 18: Performance Conversations (As a Manager);
    • Chapter - 19: Impact & Influence;
    • Chapter - 20: Challenging the Status Quo;
    • Chapter - 21: Building a Culture of Innovation;
    • Chapter - 22: Bringing About Behavioural Change;
    • Chapter - 23: Overcoming Resistance;
  • Section - THREE: Managing the Task;
    • Chapter - 24: How to Interview (as a Candidate);
    • Chapter - 25: Performance Conversations (as an Employee);
    • Chapter - 26: One-on-One Meetings with your Boss;
    • Chapter - 27: How to Ask for a Pay Rise;
    • Chapter - 28: Negotiation Skills;
    • Chapter - 29: How to Handle an Unethical Request;
    • Chapter - 30: How to Resign;
    • Chapter - 31: How to Interview (as the Hiring Manager);
    • Chapter - 32: New Employee Induction;
    • Chapter - 33: Succession Planning;
    • Chapter - 34: Breaking Disappointing News to an Employee;
    • Chapter - 35: Decision Making;
    • Chapter - 36: Starting Your Own Business;
    • Chapter - 37: Appendices - Templates & Examples

Patrick Barr has over 20 years international leadership experience, having held senior roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA in the airline, FMCG and IT industry sectors. Owner and Managing Partner of Barr Performance Coaching, he is passionate about leadership development and performance management. He is a member of the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Panel and The European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Reviews for The Successful Career Toolkit: Your Quick Fire Guide to Mastering Business Skills

This is a superb book. It is crammed with clear and practical help for every stage of a career. One to own and dip into over and over again. --Marcella Flood, Head of Digital Transformation, Allianz Care This is a really a useful resource, full of bite-sized titbits, and useful to people at every stage of their career or lives. --Todd Dunlap, Managing Director, Booking.com Americas Paddy Barr has put together a comprehensive guide for business success. Whether you are new to the workforce or a seasoned business veteran, this book is a tool that everyone can use to help achieve success. --Kevin Blair, Western Washington Regional President, Washington Trust Bank USA This wonderful book successfully shows us the importance and benefits of strategizing and planning. It is a fantastic tool for career and personal development. Whilst it presents itself as a career toolkit, it offers so much more. It reminds us that personal and professional relationships are paramount to how we drive our success and enjoy our working life. This will become your go-to book, to reference time and time again. --Una Tynan, Founder and Managing Director, Blank Canvas Cosmetics Very concise and to the point, with great reference points throughout the book. It's very much a handbook guide to a successful career path. It contains all the right building blocks from managing yourself to managing others to finally managing your role at hand. --Andre Severi, Managing Director, Curex Group Managing a career in today's environment is always tough. Patrick Barr has a genuinely thoughtful approach which encompasses proven practices that he employed through his own career with fantastic success. The tips and tricks section in each chapter is invaluable as a reference and the reflective exercises included really help ensure the lessons land and are instantly practical. For anyone wanting to take control of their career and understand how to climb the career ladder - this is a must-read. --Dave Warrick, General Manager, Global Supply Chain, Microsoft This is an immensely practical and useful book, full of eminently sensible advice. It is refreshingly jargon-free and clearly benefits from the author's extensive experience as a practicing executive. The structure of the book, which breaks down the topics into bite-sized insights, coupled with practical tips, tricks and takeaways, makes it an ideal playbook that should be in the top drawer of every manager's desk. --Dr Colm Foster, Director of Executive Education, Irish Management Institute The Successful Career Toolkit is very comprehensive and written in a very accessible and clear manner. --Orla O'Connor, Director, National Women's Council of Ireland

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