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Publisher's Summary

A straight-shooting Silicon Valley executive reveals insider career strategies to becoming a great leader, developing your network, succeeding without wasting time, and managing trade-offs between your work and life so your life works.

Patty Azzarello became the youngest general manager at Hewlett-Packard at age 33, ran a $1 billion software business at 35, and became a CEO at 38 - all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk. In Rise, Azzarello shares the insider secrets to advancing your career (while having a life) in three practical steps:

  • Do better: Set ruthless priorities, and work and lead more strategically to deal with frustrating obstacles.
  • Look better: Build your credibility with the people who can help (or blacklist) you.
  • Connect better: Develop your network without being political. Get on "the list" of people who get the best opportunities.

Whether you are just starting up the corporate ladder, stuck midcareer, transitioning, or eyeing the corner office, Rise shows you the difference between getting ahead and just working hard.

©2012, 2017 TenSpeed Press (P)2012, 2017 Patty Azzarello

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Excellent advice put in a easy to digest format.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book can change the course of your career. It lists easy to understand principles that help you see a clear path to making changes in your behavior which in turn will make changes in your career trajectory. Excellent book - I suggest it to everyone I know who feels trapped in their current career and every time they come back to me telling me how much it has helped!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise?

The clarity behind the principles. Making it easy to digest and understand makes it seem viable and possible to make a change.

What about Patty Azzarello’s performance did you like?

Crystal clear vision on how to get where you want to be. Easy to follow instructions as if she is sitting next to you guiding you.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think; then it made me act!

Any additional comments?

I have both of her books and I cannot wait for the third to come out!

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love it

must read book for all the budding leaders.
a very practical approach to get to the top.

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Thank you Patty

Would you consider the audio edition of Rise to be better than the print version?

We've never met and candidly I was unfamiliar with you before hearing you being interview on Something You Should Know podcast. Great content and wise, useful advice. I bought a copy for me and one for my son and son-in-law. I'm near retirement but reading your book will help me in conversation with them on the topics you've written about. Again, thank you.

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Everyone looking to own their career needs to read

The best career advice book I've ever read. Patty offers tangible, thoughtful and effective insites to what it takes to step up and rise in your career. Well written and easy to follow. I've already started executing some of the steps she outlines, what a difference. Thank you Patty for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

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Excellent on every front

This is the closest you'll get to a pocket sized version of Patty in your pocket. Rewind when you need to and give yourself more time to absorb and consider how you'll apply it to your world.

This isn't just a book about how to excel at work; it's a book on how to stay sane at work when you have a lot to do and keep getting more to do. Patty's advice is specific and practical and you don't have to do it all at once - for that reason you can customize it.

I read this several years ago and wanted to re-read it before considering a new position at work, so I downloaded the audio book. It is very confidence building in that it's a sort of "skeleton key" to working on the stuff that matters at work. Apart from that, it considers all of this from the standpoint where work is a part of your life and NOT your life. It's worth a ton for that reason alone.

I don't just want to get ahead, I want to work on things that matter; things that "move the needle". I spend a bunch of time at work and I want to have something to show for it. I feel like I now have many practical strategies as well as tactical ideas on how to do that and still like my life. :)

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The best ‘how to get ahead book’

This is the best how to get ahead book - EVER - Eye-opening! Takes the mystery out of getting great ahead. I have recommended it to many people and they love it too. It is a ‘mentor in a book’

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Speed it up

Useful blueprint for professional development.

I found it very helpful to speed up the narration.

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Annoying Narrator

This narrator ends every single sentence with a low beat. It makes it very difficult to listen to, even though the context seems super beautiful. The author should have just hired out the narrator.

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