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Typically, the mentoring process is a two-way dialogue that takes place over lunch, in the gym or on the phone. But author Julie Morgenstern changes the traditional mentoring model. Speaking out from the printed page, she mentors by remote. Morgenstern offers useful career guidance and concise tips, organized as concrete "Grab and Go Strategies." Her colorful examples, logical chapter summaries and chatty case histories make her book outstanding. Occasionally, her advice is repetitive, but overall it’s hard to find fault, because she is so clearly smart, thoughtful and on your side. recommends this mentor’s manual to every professional, including the overworked, self-employed and underemployed.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to resolve the tug-of-war between your personal and professional duties;
  • Why you must be the CEO of your career;
  • How to manage your time and eliminate time busters; and
  • Why you must honestly admit and then fix any annoying personality quirks that sabotage your workday and your career.

About the Author

Julie Morgenstern, the owner/founder of Task Masters, also wrote the bestseller Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out. She writes a monthly column called "Getting Organized," in O, The Oprah Magazine.



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