Cy Wakeman

Books by Cy Wakeman

the reality-based rules of the workplace: know what boosts your value, kills your chances, and will make you happier

In a high-stakes economy, all employees need to know where they stand and what they need to work on -- or else risk becoming irrelevant. But the rules of the workplace have changed, and performance reviews only tell part of the story. How do you actually gauge your true worth? And even if you think you're doing all the right things, how can you be sure? In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman not only provides the tools to understand just how valuable you really are to your organization, but also the guidance to improve that value, ensure that you're a critical member of your team, and become invincible in your own career. In Part I of The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Wakeman explains what the data she have collected from over 50,000 individuals reveal about value, which is defined as the combination of three factors: current performance (the measurable worth of your contributions, not just a manager's opinions), future potential (your capacity for growth and adaptation), and emotional expense (the toll your attitude takes on the people around you and how it reduces productivity and results across the board). After explaining how to quantify these factors, Wakeman shows how to calculate your value with an easy formula: Your Value = Current Performance + Future Potential - 3 x Emotional Expense As Wakeman argues and the formula illustrates, the most important factor defining (and limiting) anyone's value is their "emotional expense" -- and by extension, the most efficient way to improve that value is to become emotionally inexpensive. Part II outlines the Reality-Based Rules--key competencies that help anyone achieve this and become an invincible asset to any organization: Personal Accountability Reality-Based Thinking Organizational Alignment Driving for Results Capitalizing on Change In her first book, Reality-Based Leadership, Wakeman showed leaders how to change the way they act to improve their team's perceptions and performance. Those leaders, firm believers in Wakeman's reality-based approach, have repeatedly called for a how-to book aimed at their employees. The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace is that book. Providing clarity in the foggy science of defining your own value, and revealing practical steps for boosting that value, it is an indispensable guide for becoming indispensable.


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