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Lindsey Pollak is the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, and The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace. She was named vis mere to the 2020 Thinkers 50 Radar List of global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are led. Her consulting and keynote speaking clients had included more than 250 corporations, law firms, conferences, and universities, including Aetna, Citigroup, Este Lauder, GE, Google, and Stanford. She is a graduate of Yale University. vis mindre

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Two audiences will greatly benefit from this book but for similar reasons: young people starting their careers and older employees switching careers. I wouldn't recommend the book for career changers to explore how they have evolved and what careers they might pursue though there is some information that would be helpful; there are better books for that exploration. However, older employees may have used now outdated practices to find and apply for jobs. I think the value of the book is the advice on dealing with remote interviews and work situations, building a personal brand to stand out from other job seekers, and other virtual/technological tools for job seekers. A lot of the other work and resiliency advice is probably familiar to older workers but may provide a good framework for those entering the workforce. For those exploring what they want to do or changing careers, I'd still consider What Color Is Your Parachute the first step.

I haven't read her other books but this seems to be a theme of her recent books so I don't know how much is repetitive from those works. The Enhanced Material supplement is helpful for going through some of the exercises in the book.
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RhodesDavis | Dec 29, 2021 |
I’m doing decently well in my career, but until this year I haven’t really supervised anyone full time. My first employee is young, and eager to learn, and I want to figure out how to be a good manager for her while also ensuring the work gets done well.

So I went in search of a good management book for someone like me. Let me tell you – the business and management section of most bookstores is bleak. It’s like the self-help section (odd cover art, weird fonts, bizarre titles), but without the soul. However, this book stood out as one that seemed less distressing and focused on money. Ms. Pollak has built her career providing advice and coaching to others, and with this book she is targeting the millennial generation, as they are the ones starting to step into leadership roles for the first time. Now, I am technically Generation X, but a lot of what she shares in this book still applies.

She starts with a history of business and management philosophies, which is a good place to find more books to read on this topic. She then moves in to ways to ‘learn,’ ‘lead,’ and ‘last.’ She has great suggestions on social networking, managing conflict, and different management styles. The way she presents the information worked really well for me; when I finished reading it I went through and copied down all the parts I really wanted to remember into a book so I would follow up on the items. I’m not going to end up doing everything she suggested, but I feel good about the ones I plan to pursue.

My only complaint is this one section, where she talks about outsourcing what you can. “If it will save you time for more important personal or professional priorities, why not hire a virtual assistant or intern to take care of tasks such as grocery shopping, scheduling haircuts and doctor’s appointments, running errands, hanging your new curtains, or even doing your holiday shopping?” Virtual assistant? Sure. But intern? I disagree. An intern should be learning about whatever field they are working in, so unless they are interning as a virtual assistant, suggesting people get one to hang curtains strikes me as inappropriate.

Despite that misstep (at least she didn’t suggest hiring an UNPAID intern), I feel good recommending this to others looking for a not-cheesy management book.
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ASKelmore | Jul 9, 2017 |
This was recommended by a coworker who specializes in career coaching, so I have high hopes for it.
HopingforChange | Jan 21, 2013 |

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