Magazine article New Zealand Management

Success: The Ultimate Guide to Success at Work

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Success: The Ultimate Guide to Success at Work

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SUCCESS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUCCESS AT WORK * ANDREA MOLLOY * RANDOM HOUSE NEW ZEALAND * $36.99

Okay ... time to clear the clutter, fix the finances, carve out the career you want, plot out a life plan, carry it out--and don't forget to look after yourself.

What irritates me about worthy efforts like local coaching queen Andrea Molloy's latest book, Success: the ultimate guide to success at work is that you can't fault the sense of it. I feel the same way about the various diet divas who keep finding new ways to tell me that the best approach to beat unseemly bulges is to eat less and exercise more. Of course! Silly me.

The thing is that recipes for self improvement aren't exactly rocket science either: prepare a hearty mix of self belief, stir in the self discipline, season with a judicious amount of self promotion and serve with an optimistic attitude. Try swallowing an aphorism a day to keep doubts and cynicism at bay. Yes, my cup is half full, goddam it.

All that said, Molloy covers familiar ground well, offering sage advice on everything from reducing debt to building your own brand image. It's a deliberately holistic approach which, according to the foreword is more powerful in that it shows success to be "a result of multiple initiatives" and "part of a comprehensive plan". …

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