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Managing Ambition

ISBN: 978-1-118-78024-4
36 pages
July 2013, Pfeiffer
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Ambition is a good thing, but too much of it can cause problems. You need ambition to be successful, but if you have too much, it can derail your career. This guidebook will help you determine whether you have a problem with ambition. You will gain a fuller understanding of its basic drivers: the need for competence, the need for achievement, and the need for rewards. You will learn how these drivers can affect your work, and you will learn strategies for managing them. Each of the drivers has identifi able components. The need for competence, for example, has three components: superiority, competitiveness, and pride. The exercises in this guidebook will help you identify which components could be a problem for you and prioritize your efforts in addressing them. You will also be encouraged to seek ongoing feedback from others and to observe and learn from how other leaders deal with their ambition. With this guidebook, you can learn to understand and manage your ambition so that it won't derail your career but will contribute to your efforts to achieve personal and organizational success.
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Table of Contents

7 The Paradox of Ambition

12 The Need for Competence

17 The Need for Achievement

23 The Need for Rewards

28 Moving Forward

31 Ambition as a Developmental Opportunity

31 Background

32 Suggested Resources

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