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Take Yourself To The Top: The Secrets Of America's #1 Career Coach [Paperback]

Laura Berman Fortgang , Laura Berman Fortgang
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June 1 1998
With expert advice and proven guidelines to overcoming career huddles, Laura Berman Fortgang guides readers towards their goals on the job and at home. By integrating new concepts, skills and paradigms with their own goal-setting, readers can create a dramatically positive effect on life and career, and conquer the eight most common career/life stumbling blocks, which are:

* Getting stalled in mid-career
* Feeling trapped and wanting to do something else
* Merely surviving instead of succeeding
* Being new at entrepreneurship
* Being enslaved to sales ups and downs
* Feeling overqualified and underutilized
* Taking on too many projects and feeling overwhelmed
* Waiting for a miracle

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Laura Berman Fortgang, like fellow personal coaches including Cheryl Richardson (Take Time for Your Life) and Thomas Leonard (The Portable Coach), has distilled her knowledge into book form. (For the uninitiated, personal coaches are like personal trainers--only they work to motivate you to perform at your peak on the job, instead of in the gym.) Her corporate clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Prudential Securities.

Berman Fortgang says you need to identify the hurdles that are holding you back--even if it's a boss more cognitively absent than Dilbert's--and then do something about them. That's easier said than done. She's also big on making a five-year plan, something that may actually require hours of self-analysis and/or the assistance of a career counselor. But for anyone who feels in a rut but is also truly devoted to investing the time it takes to improve professionally and is willing to take risks, Take Yourself to the Top could be the answer. Berman Fortgang writes like a kinder, gentler Tony Robbins; you get the sense that she's genuinely concerned with bringing out the best in people. And there's targeted information in here for everyone: salespeople, workers on the verge of burnout, wishful entrepreneurs, and those just struggling to make ends meet. Admittedly, the advice in this book takes much more self-discipline to follow than would a dozen sessions with a personal coach egging you on in person or over the phone, but then, you also save the $200-a-session fee.

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Fortgang, a personal career coach, offers timely tips for executives interested in taking charge of their career and becoming responsible for their own choices. Rather than focusing on writing a r?sum?, dressing for success, or improving interviewing skills, typical career guidance topics, Fortgang instead deals with self-discipline, identifying obstacles to reaching one's goals, leaping out of a mid-career rut, and thinking big. Eleven obstacles to success are examined with plans to conquer each, brought to life by motivational tales of Fortgang-coached clients who have "taken themselves to the top." For "crispy critters," those suffering from burnout, her advice on kicking the reliance on adrenaline is the primary new concept in this selection among this heavily saturated genre. The author's advice requires a significant degree of self-discipline to follow, but the audiobook, read by Fortgang, will be a less expensive investment than her personal per session fees. Her sensitive approach conveys genuine concern with bringing out the best in people and may result in a broader emotional appeal to the target audience than Thomas Leonard's The Portable Coach, or Anthony Robbins's Unlimited Power. Recommended only for larger public libraries that may still be weak in this genre.
-Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me make my successful business flourish Aug. 13 1999
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I first read this book just over a year ago. I employed her ideas after every chapter and watched them ripple through my staff and clients. I was surprised that ideas, sometimes a simple change in my perception of everyday situations, could actually change my business reality. My people responded to the changes immediately and seemlessly. The book taught me more about the intangibles of leadership than any other reasource I've found. Other specifics: She helped me spot where I was wasting energy, in work and worry; Tweeked my creativity toward managerial concerns; And more, she's planted the seed for my ultimate movement (logistically & emotionally) away from the incredible amount of personal investment that it's taken to build my business. In the last year we've grown over 100%, nearly completed the difficult task of becoming direct manufacturers reps in a highly entrenched and protected industry, and made the move from local to national clientele. The business and I have changed so much that I'm reading it again to see what I get out of it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching wisdom from one of the best! April 24 1998
For those coaches, executives and entrepreneurs who are looking for a new perspective on achieving success, I have good news--Fortgang's new book, Take Yourself To The Top is full of smart, edgy coaching for those who date to take full responsibility for their success.

Fortgang's challenge: "If you are willling to take charge of your career like never before, if you're prepared to be responsible for the choices you make and you have the guts to have it all, then get ready to take yourself to the top."

Coaches and clients alike will benefit from the wit and wisdom found in Take Yourself to the Top. Some of what you'll learn includes:

* How to acheive the elusive gift of self-discipliine.

* Identify and overcome obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals.

* Get what you want AND want what you have.

* Give up the "survival mode mentality".

* Create quality relationships that can rocket you to the top

Take Yourself to the Top fills a void in the traditional career/business success advice by providing "Coaching wisdom" from one of the best! For those folks interested in building a successful business, I'll leave you with a piece of advice from Laura Berman Fortgang:

"Wait for a miracle and it will never come. Take responsibility and you'll invite a miracle!

Cheryl Richardson

Executive Coach - Author of "Take Time For Your Life" (Broadway Jan. 99')
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4.0 out of 5 stars POW!*# POOF! June 21 2000
Take Yourself to the Top--Radically changed my life...I'm a professional Radical Life Coach--I have learned to quickly and radically change my clients life. Leonard is on the cutting edge of exploding old paradigms and replacing them with authentic and exciting paths of adventure. I went from a corporate job making $40K to making a six figure income and surrounded by the most grounded people possible. I focus on three areas: Wholeness, Love & Health! I conduct workshops, individual power sessions, write books and articles... The best part of being a coach is the freedom to make the world better. Feel free to confer with me about a future as a coach. Check out my new book: Emergency Relationship Kit...Stop Wasting Time...and Never Look Back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously inspiring July 2 2000
This book is wonderful! I am a sales representative and in the midst of getting my MBA. The most dreaded question I get these days from those I care about is "what are you going to do with the MBA?" I've been going through the motions without a clear vision of what I want. This book (the audiotape format fit better into my schedule) has really helped me think through what I want to do, and I'm eager to sit down and do the exercises prescribed to determine my post-MBA path. The message of deciding what you want and going after it is very powerful, and the real-life examples of her clients are encouraging. I'm becoming a believer that coaches shouldn't be left behind when you leave the high school and college sports teams. Read or Listen to be inspired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be a Leader in Your Own Life! May 28 2009
Who it's for: If you would you like more from life than just doing your job in the week and relaxing (or collapsing) on weekends then this book is for you.

The world has changed. Organizational restructuring and downsizing are common, we move jobs regularly and this means we have to constantly reprove and reinvent ourselves. So whether you're a professional or an entrepreneur, we all need to look out for ourselves and be a leader in our own lives.

Laura's book helps us do just that, showing how to take charge of our career and life, stop making excuses and go out and make our dreams happen!

There are plenty of exercises and suggestions - but this is not a step-by-step "How to" plan - you have to do that for yourself!!
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By A Customer
I found this book very informative and educational. I even decided to do my own outline of the book to put in my briefcase notebook. I did not want to forget this one! I am now going back and "applying" the excercises. Some of my large font in the outline is "Boundaries do not work if other people do not know that they are there", "You are what you tolerate", "You do not have to function at full throttle and then collapse" and "You no longer need to have problems and a myriad of tasks to feel that you are in charge". You will want to review this book more than once to really apply it. I have found my self much more relaxed, yet more in control.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly disappointing - a trite waste of time
I read Amazon's excerpt and a couple of recommendations I thought I could trust before buying this book. It's worthless, obvious, hype-yourself-up, tired "advice. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You can reach the top
When I read LBF's book for the first time (because I did read it a few times after that) I said to myself: this woman is very aggressive. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by Thei Zervaki
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for much more.
I have read the reviews posted here before buying this book, and was disappointed with it. The book contains too many "duh!" generalizations and conclusions. Read more
Published on March 12 2002 by M. Woodpecker
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me the shove I needed
When I was thinking of quitting my job and becoming a personal and career coach - I searched Amazon and found this book among others. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2001 by Gina Wilkerson Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful!
Laura Berman Fortgang introduces the concept of the personal career coach, someone who encourages people to take charge of their lives in and out of the office. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by Rolf Dobelli
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Laura Fortgang's book Take Yourself to the Top is a masterpiece! If you are looking for straight "look you in the eye" advice about making tough gut wrenching decisions... Read more
Published on May 1 2000 by Dick Frenz
2.0 out of 5 stars Two nuggets
One situation was somewhat similar to mine. The rest were not very helpful. All the situations seemed to "magically" turn things around in 6 months ending in a big... Read more
Published on March 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Bible for new coaches
With a wealth of information, succinctly written, Laura's book is an invaluable tool for new coaches and those willing to coach themselves. Read more
Published on March 2 2000 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual business book, thank goodness!
This book is like a light going on. It talks about taking risks, trusting others and yourself, and puts forth the radical notion that says "why the heck can't you do well and... Read more
Published on Dec 17 1999 by Kenneth L Krimstein
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