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Written by James M. CitrinAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by James M. Citrin and Richard SmithAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Smith

  • Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business
  • On Sale: August 5, 2003
  • Price: $22.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-4794-9 (1-4000-4794-3)
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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What is different, and consequently extraordinary, about the careers of people like Lou Gerstner, the acclaimed, recently retired chairman and CEO of IBM, senator Elizabeth Dole, Yahoo! COO Dan Rosensweig, and Tom Freston, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks? Why did they ascend to the top and prosper—why did they have extraordinary careers—while others equally talented never reached their potential or aspirations?

Jim Citrin and Rick Smith of Spencer Stuart, the world’s most influential executive search firm, set out to explore this question. The result—based on in-depth, original research—will provide today's business students with a map on how to build a rewarding, personally satisfying career.

Like weather systems and financial markets, careers contain patterns. What Citrin and Smith found from their research and extensive experience is that people with extraordinary careers are guided by five straightforward patterns that can be harnessed and used by everyone. These individuals:

• Understand the value of you by translating their knowledge and experience into action, building their personal value over each phase of their career;

• Practice benevolent leadership by not clawing their way to the top but by being carried there;

• Solve the permission paradox, the dilemma of not being able to get a job without experience and not getting the experience without the job;

• Differentiate using the 20/80 principle of performance by storming past their defined jobs to create breakthrough ideas and deliver unexpected impact;

• Do not micromanage their careers, but macromanage them by gravitating toward the things they are best at and have a passion for, and working with people they like and respect.

Careers do not follow a clear, linear path. However, in The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, Citrin and Smith, whose firm over the last 10 years has conducted more than 60 percent of the searches for FORTUNE 1000 CEOs, identify the root causes and patterns of success and provide a clear resource and strategic plan for students beginning to map out the path of their nascent careers.

Praise for The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers...

"The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers...provides the tools and perspectives to sculpt a highly individual career plan that both considers internal self-assessment and external opportunity evaluation. Some of the most daunting yet rarely discussed career obstacles are examined in such an insightful way that readers will almost eagerly look forward to life's challenges, as now they will feel ready to navigate them triumphantly." —Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Associate Dean, Yale School of Management

"The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers is a book that logically explains and illustrates the amazing consistencies and patterns that exist in extraordinary careers. The writing is crisp and the examples are many. This book should be read by anyone interested in pursuing a special career." —Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO, Yahoo!

"Citrin and Smith, through extensive interviews and surveys, have created a fascinating book describing what it takes to build a successful career. It is replete with examples and experiences from proven executives, which will help in drawing a road map to achieving success." —Henry R. Kravis, Managing Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company

"The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers delivers secrets for success that crack the code for career achievement." —Howard Schultz, Chairman, Starbucks Coffee Company