The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers

The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers

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Citrin, James M. | Smith, Richard A. Crown Business, 2003
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Many believe that a successful career is the result of dumb luck, good timing, political savvy, good business and/or social connections, high levels of intelligence, brown nosing, and/or unethical behavior. However, based on their extensive experience at Spencer Stuart (a preeminent global executive search firm that conducts approximately 60 percent of all Fortune 1000 CEO searches), and their exhaustive original research into who the exceptional executives really are and how they achieve their success, Citrin and Smith propose a far different reality: Success is a result of a consistent series of opportunities and performance over time, "marked by five distinct patterns that distinguish the very top from the rest of the pack."

In The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, they combine a wide variety of examples and executive experiences with breakthrough career principles to offer a detailed examination of these distinct patterns. With this insightful examination, they answer the key question every professional should ponder, "What perspective must I adopt and what consequent actions must I take to create extraordinary career success and fulfillment?"