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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 384
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-432-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-432-6

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 jeannedunn.com and https://www.facebook.com/jbeliveaudunn

    

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Table of Contents

 


    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


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