Book review: Think Like an Entrepreneur, ?Act Like a CEO

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Sometimes, your job is everything you want it to be and more.

Other times, your workweek feels like it's ballooned to bursting-especially when you're overloaded and overwrought. So how do you deal with thorny workplace situations without making things worse? Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO by Beverly Jones has some suggestions.

Back when your grandfather brought home the bacon, the way to get ahead was to be loyal to The Company. Working at the same job your whole life was common then, but now, says Jones, it "seems quaint."

Today's employees can expect to have a career that could take them to multiple cities and workplace cultures. For that, you don't need loyalty as much as you need adaptability and resilience. The good news is you can learn both.

Take, for instance, your first day on the job: Jones says not to assume anything. Instead, plan for that first-day-worst-day and be prepared to "work like crazy" to establish and nurture a good impression on your boss and coworkers.

Since "every organization of any significant size is a collection of smaller operations," cultivate the attitude of a CEO. Act as though you're running your "own little enterprise." Prepare for becoming an entrepreneur by first becoming an "intrapreneur."

Learn to listen: It's the No. 1 "super career skill." Ask your boss about her expectations. Resist the urge to talk about yourself and just listen.

Practice accepting compliments graciously, know when to give kudos and smart-brag. Learn how to manage your manager and handle impossible coworkers. And know when to move on, because you can love work again-even if it's at a different job.

When you're having problems at work, there's a short list of things you can do: grit your teeth, take antacids, or read Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO.

That last tip is best because Jones really does offer workable ideas that can make your life and your career better. You may be surprised to note that many of Jones' recommendations are habits you already have but just need to refine. This book might be everything you need it to be.

Beverly Jones, Career Press?

$15.99, 224 pages