How Work Works: The Subtle Science of Getting Ahead Without Losing Yourself

How Work Works: The Subtle Science of Getting Ahead Without Losing Yourself

By Michelle P King and Michelle P King

"A guide to understanding the unwritten rules of the workplace"--

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Publisher: Harper Business
Publish Date: 10/10/2023
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9780063224575
ISBN-10: 0063224577
Language: English

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December 14, 2023

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A unique and revelatory guide to understanding and navigating the unwritten rules of the workplace—the key to achieving success, finding meaning, and staying true to your authentic self in today’s business world. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Named a Best Business Book for 2023

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A unique and revelatory guide to understanding and navigating the unwritten rules of the workplace--the key to achieving success, finding meaning, and staying true to your authentic self in today's business world--from the organizational expert and celebrated author of The Fix.

In her two decades researching organizations, Michelle King has discovered that people who succeed possess a particularly unique skill: They know how workplaces work. More specifically, to get ahead, they do not rely on the often generic and outdated written formal rules that for a century have defined the workplace. Instead, they have learned to gauge how they should behave and perform by becoming aware of informal (and unspoken) rules that exist just below the surface, rather than "formal" organizational guidelines. In this one-of-a-kind guide, King offers her proprietary framework based on over ten years of research and hundreds of employees who reached leadership positions. By focusing on five key areas -- navigating informal networks; developing self-awareness and awareness of others; learning the skills you need to be adaptive to changing conditions; getting support for your next promotion; and finding meaning and fulfillment at work--King teaches every professional how to understand and make these systems work for them and achieve their career ambitions.

The new world of work requires a new way of working. With more people vying for top positions, a volatile unpredictable global workplace, and an ever-evolving landscape, it is increasingly important for employees to understand how to negotiate the unspoken and intangible elements of workplace culture.. In How Work Works, King dispels old myths and provides keen observations about what it means to find belonging, build networks, manage the informal and ultimately thrive at work.

About the Authors

Michelle P. King is the Director of Inclusion at Netflix. A leading global expert in gender and organizations, she was most recently head of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. King is an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign. King writes for Forbes, Thrive, and Harvard Business Review, and is also the host of the weekly podcast The Fix, which shares practical ways men and women can advance equality at work.

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Michelle P. King is the Director of Inclusion at Netflix. A leading global expert in gender and organizations, she was most recently head of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. King is an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign. King writes for Forbes, Thrive, and Harvard Business Review, and is also the host of the weekly podcast The Fix, which shares practical ways men and women can advance equality at work.

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