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The Wall Street powerhouse and author of Expect to Win offers a new way to conceptualize career strategies and gives us proven tools for successful change Whether we’re starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn’t what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and in Strategize to Win she gives readers the tools they need to get started; get “unstuck” from bad situations; redirect momentum; and position themselves to manage their careers no matter the environment. With her trademark galvanizing advice, Harris identifies and clarifies issues that are often murky, offering lessons on: Identifying and making the most of your work profile (are you a Good Soldier? a Leader? an Arguer?); preparing for a career change without going back to school or taking a step down: honing three essential skills industry leaders possess (and how to get them); tuning into unspoken cues; and thriving through change. Introducing a new way of planning one’s career in five-year units, Strategize to Win distills battle-tested and step-by-step tools that Carla has used to launch and sustain her own successful career and help others move forward, recover from setbacks, and position themselves for success.
About the Author
CARLA A. HARRIS is the author of Expect to Win and managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She has degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Business School and numerous honorary doctorates. The chair of the board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, she sits on the boards for many other philanthropic organizations. Harris was also recently named Chair of The Executive Leadership Council. An accomplished gospel singer, she lives in New Jersey.
“Though I'm in my fifth career (so far!), I devoured Strategize to Win, eager for Carla's signature pearls of leadership wisdom. As usual, she delivers a powerful message. Strategize to Win is the essential career handbook every young person needs starting out, and everyone else will benefit from reading regardless of age or stage of life. Carla's advice is as practical as it is precise; it's down to earth and authentic, clearly from the pen of someone who has walked the walk. You'll find something in this book to use every day.” —Gloria Feldt, Co-founder and President of Take The Lead and author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
“Carla Harris has provided an indispensible guide to finding the career that’s right for you and strategizing your way to the top. Chock full of case studies and practical advice, it’s an essential tool for professionals at any stage of their careers.” —Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You
“Wouldn't it be great if there was an instruction manual on "becoming a professional?" Incredibly, Carla Harris has written it. Strategize to Win is packed with wisdom and incisive advice. I highly recommend it to anyone, at any stage in his or her career.” —Jessica Bacal, author of Mistakes I Made at Work
“Strategize to Win provides practical advice on effective techniques on getting started and getting ahead. This book should prove helpful to college students starting ?out? ?in life ?AND seasoned professionals already established in? the corporate ?world?.” —Terrie M. Williams, founder and president of The Terrie Williams Agency
“As a mentor to many in business I am always amazed when I ask the question “what is it you want to do in your career” and the answer is most often “I don’t know”. If you have not defined what the ideal job is for you and devised a plan to get there, your chances of getting there are greatly diminished. In Strategize to Win Carla Harris provides practical advice on how to look within yourself and discover the career journey that will lead you down your path to success. She also teaches you how to communicate this plan to others and to enlist their help in getting you there. I wish this book had been around when I began my career 30 years ago. It is truly a recipe for success.” —Becky Blalock, author of Dare
“Everyone who strives to get ahead wants and needs mentors, but most of us lack them. Strategize to Win is a mentor in book form, giving you direct access to some of the finest career advice you’ll ever get from one of the best mentors you could ever have.” —Earl G. Graves Jr., President and CEO, Black Enterprise
“A highly practical guide for people in their early to mid-careers or newly transitioning to a corporate environment. The rich examples make unspoken expectations in corporate environments visible and the step-by-step instructions will be very helpful for people who are struggling to navigate their personal and professional lives in today’s corporate environment.” —Lakshmi Ramarajan, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School