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Successful Career Toolkit: Your Quick Fire Guide to Mastering Business Skills

by Patrick Barr Kogan Page
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As you progress in your career, you will face new challenges. From managing yourself, to managing processes, projects, and people, what works for one situation may not work for another and you'll need to be able to develop and apply what you know in a different way. The Successful Career Toolkit is a helpful survival guide to keep on hand no matter where your career takes you. With focused, skill-based topics in three broad areas - managing yourself, managing tools and processes, and managing others - this book uses tried-and-trusted coaching techniques to help you face any imaginable workplace challenge, from asking for a raise or managing a difficult conversation, to improving your presentation skills or giving constructive feedback to an employee.  


Written by experienced senior business leader, coach, and mentor Patrick Barr, this book does what it says on the tin - providing concise and empowering guidance on a range of essential business skills. With practical, interactive exercises throughout, The Successful Career Toolkit is a vital resource you will return to again and again as you progress in your chosen career.

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction & How to Use This Book;
  • Section - ONE: Managing Self;
    • Chapter - 01: Communication Skills;
    • Chapter - 02: My Curriculum Vitae;
    • Chapter - 03: Career Planning;
    • Chapter - 04: Induction (as an Employee);
    • Chapter - 05: Building Good Relationships;
    • Chapter - 06: Why Mindset Matters;
    • Chapter - 07: Work-Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 08: Managing Stress;
    • Chapter - 09: Dealing with Disappointing News in Work;
    • Chapter - 10: Resilience;
    • Chapter - 11: Managing Your Personal Brand;
    • Chapter - 12: Effective Networking;
    • Chapter - 13: Leadership;
  • Section - TWO: Managing Others;
    • Chapter - 14: How to Disagree;
    • Chapter - 15: How to Handle a Difficult Boss or Peer;
    • Chapter - 16: Leading Teams;
    • Chapter - 17: Supporting a Team's Work-Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 18: Performance Conversations (As a Manager);
    • Chapter - 19: Impact & Influence;
    • Chapter - 20: Challenging the Status Quo;
    • Chapter - 21: Building a Culture of Innovation;
    • Chapter - 22: Bringing About Behavioural Change;
    • Chapter - 23: Overcoming Resistance;
  • Section - THREE: Managing the Task;
    • Chapter - 24: How to Interview (as a Candidate);
    • Chapter - 25: Performance Conversations (as an Employee);
    • Chapter - 26: One-on-One Meetings with your Boss;
    • Chapter - 27: How to Ask for a Pay Rise;
    • Chapter - 28: Negotiation Skills;
    • Chapter - 29: How to Handle an Unethical Request;
    • Chapter - 30: How to Resign;
    • Chapter - 31: How to Interview (as the Hiring Manager);
    • Chapter - 32: New Employee Induction;
    • Chapter - 33: Succession Planning;
    • Chapter - 34: Breaking Disappointing News to an Employee;
    • Chapter - 35: Decision Making;
    • Chapter - 36: Starting Your Own Business;
    • Chapter - 37: Appendices - Templates & Examples

Patrick Barr has over 20 years international leadership experience, having held senior roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA in the airline, FMCG and IT industry sectors. Owner and Managing Partner of Barr Performance Coaching, he is passionate about leadership development and performance management. He is a member of the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Panel and The European Mentoring and Coaching Council.