Praise for Work Smarts
"In this superb book, one of the very smartest and respected financial anchors in the world shares valuable insights on corporate leadership what works and what to avoid. Clearly written, punchy and wonderfully humble, this terrific guidebook is a must–read for those looking for a new career, wishing to reinvigorate a challenged career, or build on past successes."
Mohamed El–Erian, CEO, PIMCO; Chair, President′s Global Development Council
"Betty has written a powerful, insightful book for anyone who has ever felt they needed an extra push in their careers. Packed with sharp advice, candid revelations, and funny, personal stories, Work Smarts is an essential book to have if you want to succeed."
Suzy Welch, author of 10–10–10; former Editor, Harvard Business Review
"Betty does it again with Work Smarts, a captivating story of her experiences interviewing CEOs and government officials from around the globe. Work Smarts is an invaluable aid for professionals seeking to organize their lives and careers for success. Rich with ′Lessons in Leadership′ from her illustrious journalistic career, Work Smarts is also highly motivational and informative. Thank you, Betty, for yet another exceptional learning experience!"
Dixon Doll, cofounder, DCM Venture Capital; past Chairman, U.S. National Venture Capital Association; board member, DIRECTV
"Easy conversation is always a miracle, especially when it is between a television host and her guest. But with Betty Liu it is always fun, easy, and interesting because she is fun, easy, and interesting."
Mort Zuckerman, Chairman, Boston Properties; Publisher, New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
"Betty has a phenomenal ability to coax important information out of the top people in business. She uses those skills in this great new book to get CEOs and other highly successful professionals to explain how they got to the top not just the things they did right, but the many things they did wrong. At a time when career ladders are broken and workers are expected to manage their own lifelong paths, Work Smarts is an invaluable and entertaining guide."
Dan Roth, Executive Editor, LinkedIn
Part One: If I Knew This Before, I′d Be a Millionaire . . .
Chapter 1: The Company of One 3
Chapter 2: Why the Q Factor Is So Important 25
Chapter 3: How to Network 35
Chapter 4: Asking for a Raise 49
Chapter 5: The Art of Negotiation 67
Part Two: The Three Fs: Fear, Finances, and Flow
Chapter 6: Fear 81
Chapter 7: Finances 95
Chapter 8: Flow 109
Part Three: Postcards from the C–Suite
Chapter 9: What It′s Really Like to Be a CEO 117
Chapter 10: Sound Off: The Most Annoying . . . 145
Part Four: Things I′ve Learned
Chapter 11: You Can′t Really Be Good at Everything . . . and That′s OK! 151
Chapter 12: Five Tips for Life 159
About the Author 179