Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success

Alexandra Levit

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0425243060

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"You want-you need-Alexandra Levit as your guide." -Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive

There's been a major paradigm shift in business practices and the workplace. Alexandra Levit tells readers what no longer holds true for getting ahead today, and debunks business myths that are more dangerous and less viable than ever-given the current climate of ethical scrutiny and intense competition-including it's best to climb the ladder as fast as possible, and that employers want you to be yourself.

Levit offers something better in place of these myths: practical advice on what it really takes to succeed in this new values-driven environment.

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voice your opinions and resolve conflicts to your benefit while respecting the positions of others. ■ Controversial or provocative individuals may find them­ selves mired in a career-related scandal. If this happens to you, take responsibility for restoring your reputation and learn from your mistakes so that you don’t repeat them. MY TH #3 Employers Want You to Be Yourself T oday’s organizations do a terrific job with recruiting. In fact, they do such a good job that every new employee comes

or the other. This idea has been supported by global surveys that ask peo­ ple how satisfied they are with their lives on a scale from 1 to 7 (1 being “not at all satisfied with my life” and 7 being “completely satisfied with my life”). Among American multimillionaires, the average happiness score is 5.8. Want to know who else had a score of 5.8? People of the cattle-herding Masai tribe in Kenya, which has no electricity or running water. And even people who have just barely escaped from

Negative Thoughts 158 Blind Spots ■ Evidence to Support Negative Thoughts ■ Evidence to Disprove Negative Thoughts ■ Alternative Thoughts or Explanations On the back side of the paper, write down what will happen if one of your negative thoughts comes to fruition. How will you handle it? If you are someone who’s accustomed to dwelling on nega­ tive thoughts, this exercise will probably feel ridiculous at first, like some pop psychology b.s. that might work for naïve people but not for

or you might lack the funds to buy the contents of the package in the first place or pay for their shipping. You may also want to try a little of what psy­ chologists call “exposure.” This involves making a list of the 164 Blind Spots everyday situations that annoy you (driving on the highway at rush hour, waiting on hold for a customer service representative, etc.) and subjecting yourself to them gradually so that you can increase your tolerance. As you’re experiencing these situations, you

something new, ex­ pect a long journey. That’s no excuse to move slowly though. To the contrary, you must move very fast. Otherwise you will never arrive.” Expect Some Defeat Abraham Lincoln is widely considered to be the most admired president in the history of the United States of America. Listen­ ing to the Gettysburg Address or talking to your high school teachers, you’d think he could do no wrong. Except he could, and he did. Let’s take a look at Honest Abe’s lifetime record: 24 ■ Failed

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