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Make Yourself Indispensible - A Book Review

How do I get a promotion? How important is a positive attitude? What is work savvy? These are just some of the questions answered in the book 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work by Carol A.Silvis, M. ED. Silvis’ book provides the reader with 101 tips and techniques to not only to succeed, but to excel in the workplace.

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work is divided into 9 developmental areas to help the reader achieve success. For example, Chapter 4 entitled “Build Positive Work Habits” contains tips 33-49 which focuses on that one particular aspect. Tip #34 - “Don’t Gossip or Spread Rumors.” Rumor mills and gossip are a normal part of workplace culture. According to Silvis, “Whether the gossip is true or not is inconsequential. It is unethical and unreliable; professionals should avoid it.” 101 Ways - provides sound advice on the reasons why people gossip, the dangers involved and how to avoid it. After each tip, Silvis provides an additional final thought. The final thought for #34 - “Gossip and rumors create a negative work environment.”

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work does not just lecture readers. The book also contains questions for the reader to reflect on concerning the technique under discussion. For example, tip #51 is to “Learn from your mistakes.” The tip asks a series of questions to set the reader on the right path toward improvement. “What did you learn from the mistake that will help you develop better judgment?” The final tip? “Your handling of mistakes impacts how people perceive you professionally.”

The book provides exercises for the reader to assess their skills and abilities as well. Chapter 6 covers people skills. Prior to offering tips on dealing with customers or co-workers, a brief assessment is provided to ascertain the reader’s strengths and weaknesses.

It is not necessary for readers to cover the entire book. A quick self assessment can help the reader to discover which areas they need the most help - teamwork, customer service, attitude, work habit or some other workplace skills.

Building a successful career is important. In today’s current economy of downsizing and layoffs, however, it is even more important to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. Increasing proficiency and building a strong work ethic are paramount to improving your chances of being last on the downsizing “hit list”.

While no one in the workplace is every truly indispensable, I believe that 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, will go a long way in helping employees to gain valuable skills to make them a successful and marketable employee.

A review copy of this book was provided at no-charge.


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