I'm the Boss of Me: A Guide to Owning Your Career

I'm the Boss of Me: A Guide to Owning Your Career

By: Jean Belliveau-Dunn (author)Paperback

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If you're like most people, you've had good bosses and bad bosses. Some bosses have inspired you. Others have caused you to scratch your head and think, "How did this person get to be in charge?" But you might not realize that you have one amazing boss, someone who's capable of incredible accomplishment and legendary leadership, probably the best boss you'll ever have...YOU! Yes, you. There will always be bosses, teachers, parents, and others to whom you are accountable. All those people will influence and guide you. But only you can choose your ultimate course-and I'm the Boss of Me will show you how. Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn left childhood behind when she became fatherless at age 12. From this financially unstable starting point, which she calls contrast, Jeanne developed a philosophy of life based on love and meeting life's challenges with resilience and a deep willingness to learn. Now with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in the technology industry and having founded the Internet of Things Talent Consortium, Jeanne shares career-building lessons, strategies, and tactics, interspersed with stories about how she and others have used contrast, courage, resilience, and persistence to propel themselves forward into stellar careers in music, sports, real estate, technology, and many other fields. With a passion for mentoring others, Jeanne offers this guide to developing a self-empowered approach to work, career, and life. The book delivers easy-to-follow instruction on how to *Build a Vision-Strategy-Execution plan*Develop a personal brand statement*Use networking to develop a bench of supporters who will help you bring your career dreams to reality Visit Jeanne at

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Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is a recognized thought leader on the workforce of the future and an expert in education, the social enterprise, and knowledge systems. As an expert in the workforce of the future, she consults and presents to business and government leaders across the globe. She was recognized as one of "The 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology" by the National Diversity Council, which features the most influential female executive leadership across America's leading corporations. During her more than 20-year career with Cisco, Jeanne brought the first social education system in the industry (The Cisco Leaning Network) to market in 2008. In 2015, while finishing this book, she founded The Internet of Things Talent Consortium to empower and accelerate a more agile workforce in the digital economy. At Cisco, Jeanne's work is best described as helping customers and partners be successful, creating capabilities and innovative new services and solutions, moving through disruptive changes in technology, identifying new market opportunities, and helping others to disrupt business models and create growth opportunities. In other words, she's on a crusade to move the entire technology industry forward. But she doesn't want to stop with the industry. Jeanne has a passion for mentoring people. This book is her way of doing that at scale. Her philosophy of self-empowerment and love fuels her professional and personal calling to help people develop themselves and their careers, work together, collaborate, innovate, and be better together. Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is Vice President and GM at Cisco Systems, where she leads several businesses including education. She is president and chairman of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium. She also serves on a number of advisory boards for organizations committed to continuous learning and talent. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Larry, and their four-legged furry child, Hunter.


Preface ... xiv Chapter 1 You Are Who You Are Because of Your Choices ...1 A Challenged Beginning... 1 Building Resilience and Strength... 3 Empower Yourself ... 6 How Successful People Create Their Success... 7 Contrast Shows You What You Want ... 8 Contrast Doesn't Need to Be Big to Work for You... 9 Push toward Change or Shrink from It, It's Your Choice... 11 Choose Love When Fear Calls... 12 Two Operating Models: Love and Fear ... 13 Stay Out of the Bubble, Stay Off Autopilot ... 15 A Bucket List for Success ... 16 Build the Self-Empowered Road to Success ... 17 Happiness First... 19 Getting Down to Work ... 21 Chapter 2 You Are a Work in Progress-Challenge Yourself to Get Better ...23 Give Up the Idea That the Way You Are Now Is the Way You Will Always Be... 25 Practice Self-Control Because It Doesn't Come Naturally... 26 Use Self-Talk Plus Self-Control to Choose Your Operating Model... 28 Using Emotional Intelligence Helps You Connect with Yourself and Others ... 29 Don't Check Your Feelings at the Door ... 33 Build Self-Awareness So You Can See Where You're Going ... 35 Avoid Artificial Limits So You Don't Get Lost... 39 Courage and Resilience Will Support You When Things Get Tough ... 41 Focus and Discipline ... 47 Using Discipline to Make Progress ... 49 Getting Down to Work ... 51 Chapter 3 Do You Know What You Want from Your Career and Life? ...53 Let Curiosity Lead You... 54 Discovering Your Work... 55 If You Don't Know, Experiment! ... 57 Exposure Is the Key ... 60 How Parents Can Help Their Kids and Students Can Help Themselves ... 62 Understanding the Work Environment ... 65 Outside: The World of Work and Where It Is Headed ... 65 Inside: Your Strengths and Interests ... 74 Finding Your Strengths... 77 There Are a Few Archetypal Jobs ... 83 The Need for Both Soft Skills and Technology Skills... 84 The Future Is Uncertain, But You Don't Need to Be... 86 Creating a Blue Ocean Career Strategy... 90 What's Next? ... 93 Chapter 4 Vision Strategy Execution ...95 Vision, Strategy, Execution ... 98 Vision ... 99 Strategy ... 112 Execution ... 117 Map Your Career to Make the Most of Your Desires . . 122 How Do You Keep Momentum in a Career? ... 124 Build Next-Generation Skills ... 126 Driving Awareness and Your Personal Brand ... 129 Chapter 5 Becoming Your Vision: Aligning Your Behavior ...131 Use Contrast to Drive Learning... 134 The Learner's Mindset ... 135 Learner's Mindset and Growth Mindset ... 139 Be a Learner to Stay Engaged in Your Work... 142 Many Ways to Learn and Work ... 143 How You Hold Yourself Back ... 146 Blind Spots: Overconfident and Under Sighted . . 148 Blind Spots: Under Confident and Over Sighted ... 149 Blind Spots: Ego Nurturer ... 150 Learning as a Core Skill ... 150 Love, Emotional Intelligence, and Mindsets... 154 Chapter 6 Becoming Your Vision II: Articulating Your Brand and Building Your Bench...161 Communicating with Others About Your Vision - Sharing Your VSE ... 162 Developing a Personal Brand Statement... 162 Value Proposition and Making the Match ... 164 Gathering Information and Writing Your Personal Brand Statement ... 165 Socializing with Your VSE ... 170 Working Through the Fear and Enjoying the Process ... 171 Purposeful Networking... 176 Spheres of Influence... 178 Invest in Your Relationships... 181 Building Your Bench... 184 The Close-In Sphere ... 186 Mentors ... 187 The Advisor Sphere ... 189 The Alliance Sphere ... 189 Chapter 7 Attitude, Altruism, and Altitude ...191 Attitude and Altruism ... 192 Living with Intention ... 198 Tame Your Mind, Feed Your Heart ... 199 How Choosing Love Over Fear Supports Altruism and Propels You to the Next Level ... 203 Taking Flight with Outside-In, Inside-Out Thinking . . 208 The Inside-Out, Outside-In Career Process ... 210 How to Create Your Dream Job... 221 Chapter 8 Myths and Murders: Getting Past Roadblocks and Barriers ...225 It's Not About You... 227 Obstacles ... 228 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mental Habits ... 230 Problem Fighter or Problem Solver ... 236 Disengaged or Just in the Wrong Job?... 237 Being Miserable in Your Job ... 238 Self-Destructive Spirals ... 241 Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt... 243 External Limitations: Mailroom Syndrome ... 247 Feeling Trapped ... 249 Working with Intention ... 250 Chapter 9 Planning and Making Choices...255 Planning for Balance... 257 A Case in Point ... 260 How Planning for Balance Works on the Personal Side ... 262 To Plan or Not to Plan ... 263 Blending Your Life and Experiences: An Older Lifestyle... 266 Saying No Means Not Having to Say You're Sorry ... 271 Beyond Saying No... 276 Saying Yes or No to New Roles and Stretch Goals: Know Yourself... 278 Balance Requires Trust... 280 Contrast and Stress Are the Teachers, Balance Is the Lesson ... 281 Chapter 10 Self-Leadership 2.0: Success in the Face of Obstacles ...287 Self-Leadership When Things Don't Go Your Way ... 289 -Isms: Sexism, Racism, Ethnocentrism, and More... 290 Begin with Understanding ... 291 The Need to Bridge Differences ... 294 Self-Fulfilling Prophecies... 297 Handling Gender Bias ... 298 Handling the Cultural Bias Toward Extraversion ... 301 What Do You Do When Things Go Wrong or You Can't Influence Someone? ... 302 The Benefits of a Third-Party Perspective ... 302 Working with Differences in Thinking Styles ... 306 Working Around Subtleties in the Workplace ... 308 Build Your Bench ... 309 Do Your Homework and Share It ... 310 Volunteering: How Can I Help You? ... 312 Working Around Cronyism... 312 Being Open About What You Want, What You Can Deliver, How You Want to Grow, and Boundaries ... 315 Creating Inspired Success for Yourself and Others... 320 Endnotes ...323 9781587204326, TOC, 6/3/2016

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/06/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781587204326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781587204326
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 1587204320

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