I got an advance copy of The 5 Patterns for Extraordinary Careers, written by James Citrin and Richard Smith. I'm totally devouring the information. This is probably going to be one of the more powerful books I've run across all year.
One of the case studies is Rich Bray, the Vice President of MSN North America. I worked with him when we were both Product Managers (he was PM of Money, I was PM of Dinosaurs and Musical Instruments). I've always been impressed with his decision-making ability, and his ability to take risk. It's fascinating to read about his accelerated career, and the author's opinions on how he made it as far as he has. I look forward to learning all I can from the book, and from Rich.
The authors have a website, and a "5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers assessment." You can take the survey free.
John's Quiz Results
Your thoughts and behaviors are consistent with a Successful Professional! (60-89 points) Other ranges are 59 points or less (Average Employee) and 90-100 points (Extraordinary Executive)
In the top percentage of working professionals, your thoughts and actions in several areas are consistent with successful careers. However, there are likely numerous strategies available to you that place a career that is truly extraordinary within your reach.
Pattern 1 - Understand the Value of You
Pattern 1 Score: Average Employee (50 points)
Pattern 2 - Practice Benevolent Leadership
Pattern 2 Score: Successful Professional (70 points)
Pattern 3 - Overcome the Permission Paradox
Pattern 3 Score: Average Employee (47 points)
Pattern 4 - Differentiate Using the 20/80 Principle of Performance
Pattern 4 Score: Extraordinary Executive (100 points)
Pattern 5 - Find the Right Fit (Strengths, Passions & People)
Pattern 5 Score: Successful Professional (77 points)
Can't wait to find out how to accelerate each score!