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Professional Excellence. Beyond Technical Competence. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2170768
  • Book
  • October 2008
  • 128 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The training path for engineers focuses intensely on scientific and technical knowledge. Yet, our professional and personal satisfaction and success also depend on other traits that make us more effective and productive. In this thought-provoking book, Alan Rossiter provides practical guidance in developing the skills to become more effective in your work, while also balancing your life. It is invaluable reading for graduating college students and young professionals as well as seasoned practitioners who find that work is becoming all-consuming.
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FOREWORD ix

PREFACE xi

PROLOGUE: POSING A QUESTION xiii

I THE WORLD OF WORK 1

Chapter 1 Motivated to Work 3

Chapter 2 Life and Work 13

Chapter 3 Ethics at Work 19

II ELEMENTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE 27

Chapter 4 Communicating Effectively 29

Chapter 5 Fulfilling Commitments 43

Chapter 6 Recognizing and Expanding Your Professional Limits 57

Chapter 7 Investing in Your Profession and in Your Community 63

Chapter 8 Affirming Your Coworkers 71

Chapter 9 Celebrating Your Work 77

Chapter 10 Protecting Your Personal Life 81

EPILOGUE: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER 95

APPENDIX: TEXT OF THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH 101

REFERENCES 103

INDEX 107

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Alan P. Rossiter
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