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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter1: When Work Holds No Passion

  • Not All Who Wander Are Lost
  • What Happens After a Wrong Turn
  • Answering the Call
  • A Matter of Perspective
  • Self-doubt Guards the Treasure
  • Taking on Your Passion Challenge

Chapter 2: When the Pressure Threatens to Overwhelm

  • Moving to the Driver's Seat
  • Opening Night with a New Script
  • Without Limits
  • Drawing the Line
  • The Tipping Point
  • Taking on Your Pressure Challenge

Chapter 3: When Your Mistake Feels Colossal

  • Promising the Impossible
  • Caught in the Headlights
  • The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
  • Recovering from a Whopper
  • The Day it Hit the Fan
  • Still Standing
  • Taking on Your Mistake Challenge

Chapter 4: When Your Performance Review Whacks You

  • It's Not Funny
  • I'm OK, and You're OK Too
  • The Gift of Unfairness
  • The Brutal Facts
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
  • Taking On Your Review Challenge

Chapter 5: When People Don't Come on Board

  • A Fish Out of Water
  • Winning Over the Skeptics
  • In His Shoes
  • Listening Like You Mean It
  • Sharing the Burden
  • Taking On Your People Challenge, Part I

Chapter 6: When You're Working with an Office Villain

  • The Jerk Who Threw a Tantrum
  • The Monster Who Turned Gold into Dust
  • The Mean Girl Who Interfered
  • The 24/7 Critic
  • The Boss with a Bad Rap
  • Taking On Your People Challenge, Part II

Chapter 7: When You Need a Sponsor

  • But for the Love of Sponsors
  • The Master Apprentice
  • Will You Be My Rabbi?
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • It Takes One to Know One
  • Taking on Your Sponsor Challenge

Chapter 8: When You Dare to Challenge

  • At a Loss for Words
  • Shattering Career-Limiting Silence
  • Standing Up for Yourself
  • The Rewards of Independence
  • Thinking for Yourself
  • Taking On Your Leadership Challenge

Chapter 9: When Risk Taking Feels Like Jumping Off a Cliff

  • Heading Gladly into the Unknown
  • After the Fall
  • Living and Working in Technicolor
  • A Fighter and an Underdog Walk into a Bar
  • Failing for a Living
  • Taking on Your Risk Challenge

Chapter 10: When You Have to Be a Superhero

  • The Quiet Hero
  • The Citizen Leader
  • The Cowboy Sheriff
  • Crisis Avenger
  • The Demon Slayer
  • Taking On Your Superhero Challenge

Chapter 11: When Everything Sucks

  • Preparing for the Day
  • A Simple Twist of Fate
  • Putting Out the Fires
  • Bringing Your A Game to Plan B
  • Escaping the Black Hole
  • Taking On Your Suck Challenge

Chapter 12: When Work Doesn't Feel Worth It

  • Should I Stay, or Should I Go
  • Stuck on Perma Hold
  • Breaking the Cycle
  • Waking Up
  • Time to Go
  • Taking on Your Work Challenge


About the Author

Joanna Barsch is a Director Emerita at McKinsey & Company, where she's worked for 32 years, as well as the Executive Chairman of FORTUNE Women's Leadership Council. She is an in-demand speaker and presenter, both nationally and internationally, and has worked closely with Lean In, the International Council of Women's Business Leaders, and other proactive groups.

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