Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book Recommendation: Please Don’t Just Do What I Tell You!*


In addition to being hardworking, organized, intelligent, and patient, paralegals are also expected to be proactive, especially in this economy. Bob Nelson's Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You, Do What Needs to Be Done: Every Employee's Guide to Making Work More Rewardingdescribes just how to be proactive in order to make yourself more valuable – and in the process, be a happier employee. While not specifically geared toward paralegals, Nelson breaks down being proactive into simple strategies and techniques. He includes anecdotes on thinking what needs to be done, preparing, acting, and persevering, and he includes a section geared toward concerns about what happens when you are proactive, i.e. fear, frustration, and failure.

Best of all, Nelson breaks down his tips into easily digestible, one- to two-page chapters. The size of the chapters – and the size of the book overall – make it a quick lunch-hour or lazy afternoon read, but you won't feel lazy after reading Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You. You'll want to get right to work finding ways to expand your job responsibilities, implementing a plan to fulfill a need your company or firm has, or looking for the positive in problems.



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