Most Likely to Succeed at Work

How to Get Ahead at Work Using Everything You Learned in High School

Wilma Davidson, Ed.D., and Jack Dougherty

St. Martin's Press

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As Kurt Vonnegut once said, "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."

When it comes down to it, work--with its know-it-alls, gossips, and brown-noser--is a lot like high school. This clever and useful book helps readers identify and better communicate with these and other common types we all remember from the days when report cards, not business reports, were our concern, and when the big social event was the prom, not the company picnic.

You don't need to dig out your yearbook to get a glimpse of these types--just take a look around your office: the Teacher's Pet, the Player, the Cheerleader, the Go-Getter, the Underachiever, the Class Clown, and many more.

With wit and uncanny accuracy, corporate coaches Wilma Davidson and Jack Dougherty outline all the members of the "class," offering tips on working efficiently with each type, whether they’re your boss, your client, or a colleague. The book also delivers advice on handling authority, conformity, looks, popularity, "sex education," and other indignities from high school that live on in the workplace.

Whether you're still the same as you were in high school, a combination of types, or a reformed Rebel turned Class President, you will delight in and learn from this unique guide.

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The A Student

It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.—EDDIE CANTOR

Not only did A Students turn all assignments in on time, they liked doing homework. While the rest of us sighed in relief because we had actually passed the physics test with the nothing-to-be-proud-of-but-still-miraculous 75, A Students sulked having scored only a 96. Nobody asked these students to submit term papers in clear plastic folders with blue cover pages and fancy borders, but A Students always did. And the teacher affectionately affixed gold stars next to their names

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Wilma Davidson, Ed.D., and Jack Dougherty

Wilma Davidson, president of Davidson & Associates, a communications consulting firm, has advised a wide range of people from Fortune 500 companies, educational groups, government agencies, and professional organizations on how to put their best foot forward—in writing and in person. She is the author of Business Writing and resides in Longboat Key, Florida.

Communications strategist Jack Dougherty is president of Dougherty Dialectic, a specialty consulting firm. He helps Fortune 500 companies and law firms communicate complex information to the public. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Most Likely to Succeed at Work
How to Get Ahead at Work Using Everything You Learned in High School
Wilma Davidson, Ed.D., and Jack Dougherty

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St. Martin's Press
October 2004
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ISBN: 9781429972703
ISBN10: 142997270X
224 pages
$7.99
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