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Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job
Jesse Sostrin


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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9781137337405
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

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Remember back to your first few days in a new job. Whether you were an experienced professional or new to the workforce, you quickly discovered that the 'job description' that explained your role was quite different from the reality you faced. Nobody told you this, but the day you were hired you actually accepted two jobs. The first was the position you interviewed for, including the title and all of the responsibilities outlined on paper. The second 'job-within-the-job' included the unspoken work that required you to manage constant change, effectively collaborate with difficult people, navigate confusing workplace politics, and get your best work done in an environment of shrinking resources and increasing demands. For both managers and employees, this is the double-reality of work.

In today's competitive landscape, standing out, getting ahead of the change curve, and staying relevant at work comes from the ability to go beyond your job description and continuously improve your learning and performance as you confront the hidden demands of work. These two factors – the need for continuous learning and performance and the presence of performance barriers – form what author Jesse Sostrin calls the hidden curriculum of work.

When we face the hidden curriculum of work without a plan we often fail to contribute our best effort, we lose sight of the things that inspire us, and we disengage. Beyond the Job Description can help you translate your frustrations at work into useful insights that boost your learning and performance while increasing the value of your contributions to the team and organization.

The book provides research-driven insights, diagnostic tools, and stories of employees and leaders who have managed to turn their greatest challenges at work into opportunities for breakthrough performance. It is no longer an option to simply ignore the hidden curriculum of work. Beyond the Job Description translates the world of work and leads readers on a critical path to:
  • Discover the mutual agenda where your individual values and aspirations align with the needs of the team and the goals of your organization;
  • Understand your true priorities and focus on the vital purpose and value-added contributions that can help you stand out and stay ahead of the change curve;
  • Establish a system to identify hidden challenges that undermine your success on the job and learn to transform those barriers into opportunities for improved learning and performance; and
  • Develop a clear vision and plan to achieve the working life you want.



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'Beyond the Job Description delivers a powerful framework for understanding the demands that underlie any job. Step by step, Sostrin offers tools that are immediately applicable for increasing personal effectiveness and for ensuring alignment with team and organizational needs. Equally relevant for employees, managers, and those who coach them, readers will find wisdom and utility in every chapter.'
—David R. Seibold, Professor of Technology Management, University of California, Santa Barbara


'Jesse Sostrin provides a powerful performance tool, Nav-Maps, to help employee's resolve everyday challenges that threaten individual and organizational success. Beyond the Job Description presents effective, easy to follow methods that reveal the hidden, ill-defined, individual performance expectations shared by most organizations.'
—Maclynn R. Brinton, CEO/President, InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.


'Sostrin shares uncanny insight into a world where many of us spend the majority of our lives, but that few of us truly understand: the workplace. With meticulous detail and real world examples, Sostrin reveals the secret for successfully creating a work environment that maximizes performance and happiness. Beyond the Job Description is essential reading for any employee who wants to remain irreplaceable in an uncertain world.'
—Chad Troutwine, Co-Founder and CEO, Veritas Prep


'If you want to get ahead in your own career or be known for developing the talent of others, READ THIS BOOK! Jesse Sostrin offers an innovative way to look at jobs by focusing on both the openly-discussed and hidden demands of organizational life. Leaders and coaches can use this information to foster the development of others.'
—Marian N. Ruderman, Ph.D., Director, Research Horizons, and Senior Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership


"A roadmap to the working life you long for... Meticulously researched and artfully written, this book is a must-read for anyone, at any point in their career, who wants to give (and get) more from organizational life."
—Jennifer Lyn Simpson, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Conversant


 
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Dr. Jesse Sostrin is a sought after consultant, writer, and speaker working at the intersection of individual and organizational success. He is best known for translating complex ideas about the workplace into simple language and useful tools. Through his innovative break.thrü programs, Jesse specializes in helping organizations and their leaders navigate their unique path to success through complex change. He is the Founder and President of Sostrin Consulting, a leadership and organization development practice based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Jesse is also Vice President of Workforce, Leadership & Organization Development at Wilshire Health & Community Services in San Luis Obispo, CA. In this role, Jesse is responsible for overseeing all Human Resources functions, developing a company-wide leadership and organization development strategy, and providing senior-level consultation to the Southern California, Central Valley, and Central Coast agencies that comprise Wilshire.



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Table of Contents

 
Dedication
Preface
Introduction
 
PART I: THE HIDDEN PATH TO SUCCESS AT WORK
1The Myth of Your Working Life
2Re-Thinking the Way We Work
3Average Is Over
4Get Your Working Life R-I-T-E
 
PART II: REVEALING YOUR HIDDEN CURRICULUM OF WORK
5Seeing Your 'Job-Within-The-Job'
 
PART III: NAVIGATING CHALLENGES IN YOUR PATH TO BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
6Transforming Hidden Challenges with Nav-Maps
7Success Stories from the Hidden Side of Work
8Making Your Own Nav-Maps
 
PART IV: STAYING ON YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS AT WORK
9Quantify Your Investment
10The Answer to Overworked and Disengaged
11Create Your Own Future-Proof Plan
12Your Daily Compass for Solo Navigation
 
PART V: ESTABLISHING FUTURE-PROOF LEADERS, TEAMS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
13A Guide to Team Navigation
14Managing to the Hidden Side of Work
15Cultivating Future-Proof Leaders & Organizational Cultures
 
Appendix 1: Self-Assessment: How Future-Proof Are You?
Appendix 2: The 40-Statement BLP Assessment
Appendix 3: The Story and Science Behind the Hidden Curriculum of Work®
Appendix 4: Additional Resources to Navigate the Hidden Curriculum of Work®
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