Fire Your Boss AUTHOR:  Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine PUBLISHER:  Harper Collins   DATE OF PUBLICATION:  2004 NUMBER O...
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Fire Your Boss... and Hire Yourself <ul><li>To start doing this, you must undergo a process of self-examination.  </li></u...
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  1. 2. Fire Your Boss AUTHOR: Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine PUBLISHER: Harper Collins DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2004 NUMBER OF PAGES: 257 pages
  2. 3. <ul><li>To survive in today’s business environment, you need to follow a new set of rules. Unfortunately, the old way of thinking will just not make the cut amidst layoffs, bankruptcies, and the lack of job security. </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Your Boss gives you new methods for finding success. Learn how to look for new employment, choose among numerous job offers, and thrive in the new economy. You will find out why it is not beneficial to keep relying on your boss for financial security and job satisfaction. You must rely on yourself! </li></ul>THE BIG IDEA
  3. 4. Seven Steps to Gain Control of Your Work Life <ul><li>The Job of Your Dreams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe it or not, you can take charge of your career. You don’t have to keep worrying that your job security depends on the whims or moods of your current boss. The job of your dreams is within your reach. In fact, you can even transform your current job into that dream job. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seven Steps to Gain Control of Your Work Life </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Fire Your Boss... and Hire Yourself. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. Kill Your Career… and Get a Job. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. There’s No I in Job. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. Go Fish. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5. No One Hires a Stranger. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6. It’s the Money That Counts. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7. Hello, I Must be Going. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Fire Your Boss... and Hire Yourself <ul><li>The first thing you must do to get the job of your dreams is to fire your boss and hire yourself. To do this, you must not allow your boss control what happens in your career. You must take charge of your work life. </li></ul><ul><li>Firing your boss is a mental exercise. You should not walk into your boss’ office tomorrow and demand a resignation. Even if you have fired your boss and hired yourself as a manager, you must appear as loyal and as dedicated as ever. </li></ul><ul><li>This time, you’ll be determining your own value. You will be setting your own goals. You will be in charge of selecting the skills you wish to attain. You will also have your own personal work plan. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Fire Your Boss... and Hire Yourself <ul><li>To start doing this, you must undergo a process of self-examination. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write your own job description. Write a brief description of your job. However, do not align yourself with a certain company, profession or specialization. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give yourself a performance review. Find out what other people with the same job description earn. Also find out the skills that are valued in this certain field. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define alternate courses. After you have done the two steps above, you will realize that there are alternate courses available to you. Brainstorm about all the other fields and occupations that would suit the job description that you created. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put your plan into writing. Develop your own plan for your work life. Remember that your future plans should not hinder the alternate courses you have defined. Note down the new skills you need to acquire. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Most people don’t see their jobs as emotionally satisfying. In fact, most people work because they need to put food on the table. </li></ul><ul><li>Killing your career does not mean quitting. Rather, it means that you should stop looking for emotional satisfaction in your job. Instead, look for a job that provides a large and secure income. </li></ul><ul><li>The first step you must take when killing your career is to ask yourself the proverbial question: “Why Do I Work?” </li></ul><ul><li>Usually, there are eight reasons why people work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For power. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For respect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For security. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For travel. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To serve. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To meet people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To express yourself. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For money. </li></ul></ul>Kill Your Career… and Get a Job
  7. 8. There’s No I in Job <ul><li>Six Personality Types of Bosses and What They Want </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The buddy. He wants to be one of the guys. Have lunch with your boss everytime he asks and ask him sometimes as well. Include him in your group activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The loner. He wants to do his job and not be bothered with anything else. Help your boss stay away from other people. Offer to attend weekly meetings on his behalf. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The stickler. He follows the rules and wants everyone to do the same. Follow the rules. Show up on time and dress the same way he does. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The glory seeker. He needs to be the hero. Make sure that all of your triumphant efforts are reflected on your boss. Always ask him for advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fighter. A boss who needs conflict. Do not allow yourself to be a target. Offer scapegoats and divert his attention to other potential targets. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The coward. He is always afraid. You must help your boss by eliminating anything that may cause fear. Offer to take the blame for something that has gone wrong. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Today, you can get laid off even if you are doing a good job. To make matters worse, the job market has been so tumultuous that getting a good job is now harder than ever. </li></ul><ul><li>You must stop hunting for one specific job. Instead, fish for as many jobs as possible and look at everything that bites. </li></ul><ul><li>How to Act During Job Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure that you are dressed neatly and that you are well-groomed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not wear too much perfume or jewelry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrive on time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smile. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shake hands firmly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not sit until you are invited to. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not slouch, cross your arms or legs or touch your face. </li></ul></ul>Go Fish
  9. 10. No One Hires a Stranger <ul><li>Networking is not as effective as it used to be. Nowadays, business executives are aware when they are approached by individuals who are using networking as a disguise for a job hunt. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of relying on networking, you must learn to turn to your personal life when seeking job opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Always make sure that you are wearing something clean and appropriate. Furthermore, be conscious of your manners when you are meeting with people. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some tips you can use when talking with people you have just met: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen closely and don’t interrupt. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t argue or disagree. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid frowning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can’t draw the other person into talking about himself, talk about something you share. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When asked to share about yourself, do not take too long. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you do not one-up the other person. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Companies nowadays are trying to lure employees into their folds by offering non-monetary benefits. These perks include health club memberships, company-owned cafeterias, and even concierge services. </li></ul><ul><li>You must not forget, however, that your main reason for getting a job must be to increase your stream of income. Rewards that do not affect you financially are useless. You need to get a job that pays the most money possible. </li></ul><ul><li>When choosing between job offers, you must take into consideration the twenty main factors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amenities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto (car) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expense allowance </li></ul></ul>It’s the Money That Counts
  11. 12. <ul><ul><li>Health insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity for advancement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid time off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition reimbursement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unpaid time off </li></ul></ul>It’s the Money That Counts
  12. 13. <ul><li>Factors That Are No Longer Important </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amenities: companies use amenities to keep their employees in the office later or earlier than they should be. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto: used by companies because it is cheaper to lease a fleet of vehicles than to reimburse employees for transportation expenses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging: there are more rewarding challenges in life than in work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture: your personal life is the best place to express your values. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment: unless there is an issue in safety, this should not affect your decision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expense Allowance: money that is being used to control an employee’s life further. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for advancement: in the real world, to move up you must move out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stability: there is no longer such a thing as a stable company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status: status does not pay your bills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title: another meaningless label companies use to pay employees less money. </li></ul></ul>It’s the Money That Counts
  13. 14. Hello, I Must Be Going <ul><li>On your first day, you must realize that someday you will leave that job. Nowadays, working for a single company for an entire lifespan is an impossibility. In fact, you will probably be out of there in less than a decade. </li></ul><ul><li>Now that you know that your departure is inevitable, you must plan for it. Think of the reasons why you would want to leave your current job. Think of negative developments that can force you to leave. Think of other jobs and the positive attributes they might have that can cause you to jump ship. </li></ul><ul><li>Your job is not secure. Remember that if you leave your current company out of your own accord, you will receive better offers. </li></ul>
  14. 15. BusinessSummaries.com is a business book Summaries service. Every week, it sends out to subscribers a 9- to 12-page summary of a best-selling business book chosen from among the hundreds of books printed out in the United States. For more information, please go to http://www.bizsum.com. ABOUT BUSINESSSUMMARIES

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