Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working
January 2015, Capstone
Work is a tricky business—the politics, the workload, the career ladder. It can take years and years of battling away and learning through mistakes to fully get to grips with the dos and don'ts. What if you could fast track that process? Cut out all those years of learning the hard way and working it out for yourself? Enter Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working, the unique guide to making work work! Fergus O'Connell has had a wonderfully varied career spanning three decades, and in this book, he will teach you the things it takes others years to figure out. You'll also find nuggets of wisdom and invaluable career advice from some of the world's most successful people—people like Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.
Whether you're new to the workforce, changing roles, or just stuck in a professional rut, this book shows you what you need to know to get ahead. By learning from the common mistakes of others, you can avoid making those mistakes yourself—and possibly skip a few rungs on the corporate ladder.
- Quickly learn what others have taken years to work out
- Get nuggets of work wisdom from some of the world's most successful people
- Learn how to get more done in less time, and stimulate your creativity
- Aim high, and get where you're going faster
You'll spend the majority of your waking hours at work for the majority of your life. Make it time well spent. Learn how to be more effective, more accountable, more visible, and less afraid. If you want a seat on the bullet train to success, Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working provides the tips and tools you need. Buckle up.
So Why Did You Write the Book, Fergus? vii
OK, So What’s the Plan? ix
Stuff I Wish I’d Known About. . .
Aiming High – The only limits are the ones you set yourself 1
Appreciating Life – It’s about how you see things 9
Being More Productive – Why the answer is not 16-hour days 15
Bosses – What they’re like and what they like 25
Commitment and Perseverance – One gets you started, the other keeps you going 33
Common Sense – It’s not all that common but it’s a skill you can learn 41
Communication – You gotta keep ’em in the loop 49
Creativity – It’s not just for artists 57
Decision Making – Figure out the real issue and stop faffi ng 63
Email – Step away from the computer! 69
Failure – It’s good to fail 75
Having a Purpose – Find something you like to do and you’ll never work a day in your life 83
Keeping Your Business Going – Don’t run out of money 91
Making the Sale – People don’t like to be sold to – but they love to buy 97
Managing People – How our natural tendency to manage is often the opposite of what we ought to do 103
Meetings – Just because everyone else goes doesn’t mean you have to 109
Moving Up – Show you can do what you’re aiming for 115
Negotiation – There must be something in the deal for everyone 123
Networking – Why you should never throw away a business card 129
Organizations – Why they’re not actually run by senior management 135
Presentations – You don’t need to be led by PowerPoint 143
Projects and Getting Stuff Done – Why you’re probably being mistaken for Santa Claus 149
Reports and Reporting – Why this is your chance to save some rainforest 155
Starting Your Own Thing – Just get out there and see if people will buy it 159
About the Author 175
“This is a quick and easy read…do not be fooled by the conversational style and speech bubbles, there is a lot of sane advice in this short volume” (Career Matters, April 2015)
"This book is a concise, uplifting and quick read." (Nursing Times, November 2015)
Work is a tricky business—the politics, the workload, the career ladder. It can take years of battling away and learning through mistakes to fully get to grips with the dos and don'ts.
In Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working, author Fergus O’Connell uses his experience to teach readers things it takes others years to find out. Based on a varied career spanning 30 years, the book offers insights to get ahead in the business world, with plenty of useful tips and tools.
Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working also draws wisdom from some of the world's most successful people, including: Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. By learning from the experiences of others, readers can glean invaluable career advice and avoid making common mistakes themselves.
The book covers practical business topics, with chapters addressing: communication, common sense, creativity, meetings, negotiation and networking, to help readers be more effective, more accountable, more visible and possibly skip a few steps on the corporate ladder.
For those new to the workforce, changing roles, or stuck in a professional rut, it will help them to aim high and get where they're going faster.