Summary of Make It Work

Navigate Your Career Without Leaving Your Organization

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Make It Work book summary
Don't quit your job; transform it. Work you love may be waiting for you "right in your own backyard."


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If you’re frustrated with your career or if you’ve been hopping from company to company looking for the perfect job, this book is a must-read. Most jobs, authors Joe Frodsham and Bill Gargiulo believe - perhaps overoptimistically - already offer the possibility of satisfying work. Frodsham and Gargiulo provide a step-by-step guide to finding the things you truly love to do - your "passions." Once you understand these deep personal needs, then you can retool your job to meet them. The authors caution against switching organizations except as a last resort. recommends this book to perennial job-seekers. If you absorb its information and do the internal work it advises, perhaps you, too, can attain "career wealth" right where you are. Hint: "career wealth" is not the same thing as earning a lot of money, just a lot of satisfaction.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why 16 popular myths about career success are untrue;
  • How you can replace these myths with career-building truths;
  • How to discover your passionate core; and
  • How to "navigate your career" in six steps.


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About the Authors

Joe Frodsham is corporate director of leadership and professional development at a major American corporation, where Bill Gargiulo is global director of talent management and organizational effectiveness.

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