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Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  649 ratings  ·  69 reviews
A straight-shooting Silicon Valley executive reveals insider career strategies to becoming a great leader, developing your network, succeeding without wasting time, and managing trade-offs between your work and life so your life works.


     Patty Azzarello became the youngest general manager at Hewlett-Packard at age thirty-three, ran a $1 billion softw
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: most employed people
Shelves: corporate-ladder
I really, really liked this book. I think it would be a great guidebook for anyone looking to climb the corporate ladder. It also helped me realize that I don't want to do that. It's in her chapter on becoming the CEO of a big company:

"Here's how it goes: from my own experience and discussing this with others, basically, you get paid the first $250,000 annually for your brains and your results.

"The second $250,000, you get paid for frustrating, time-wasting, disheartening big company slowness an
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. While the premise is to advance your career and the title sounds completely self-serving, the bulk of it is actually advice about how to be a really good leader that’s focussed on what the business needs. It turns out that understanding what's important to the business you work in and being focussed on boosting its success (rather than on your own predilections) is what earns people respect in a business, both from their reports and superiors. Surprise! So, much of the bo ...more
M. Michelle
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Common-sense-but-not-obvious practical advice. It's a really good book to help you assess where you are, where you intend to go and how to get there. It's sneaky in leading you to gut-check whether your desire to achieve ultimate career success - as defined by mainstream values - is truly what you value. ...more
Dave Bolton
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terrific career advice, probably most useful for people close to executive level positions or senior management, but there's plenty for people earlier in their career aspiring for more responsibility too. This is one of those books that resonated so much with me that I bought a hard copy after finishing reading the digital version. ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simple read. Writing style was really practical and to the point
Irina Ioana
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I read this book before I worked at Google. The books is full l, and I mean, full of good advice and strategies. A must read.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Who needs a mentor when you can read this book?" -- a back cover quote that sums it up for me, too. (Kidding. You should still get a mentor.)
I didn't find the title very compelling and almost didn't read it for that reason. I already like my life. I'm pretty happy with how I've advanced my career so far. But I just fell in love with the straightforward, snappy writing and great, practical ideas. I have so many passages underlined and will be referring back to this book throughout my career, I'm
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great business book - concrete actions for advancing your career, a very honest and realistic look at what it takes to be an executive and a leader at any level.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yikes! I can't believe I read a book about corporate ladder climbing, and even more so, I can't believe I actually liked it! But I did. And mostly because it's not so much about corporate ladder climbing per se, and much more about getting your act together, becoming more professional, and how to make your way alongside co-workers, bosses, customers (patients) etc. This book focuses on looking the part, connecting well with others, and being more valuable to the team. All of which has broad appl ...more
Andrew Lukyanenko
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
February 2021
It is interesting to see how a person's opinion can change within a year.
Now I agree with many book's points. Here some of them:
* if you have a meeting with some people and don't talk about things which they care about, you are already losing them;
* "They shoot workhorses, don't they"
* Focus on improving your strength, not fixing your weaknesses;
* Keep moving forwards;
* Do what you love for free. Work for money. Do the job in such a way, so that you feel less tortured

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May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most directly applicable career books I've read in a long time. Best for those in mid-level career stages looking to elevate to the executive level. ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is great! It is a comprehensive guide to restructuring your work to get ahead while still being true to your strengths.
Islin Munisteri
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book shows you everything about corporate America, distilled in 288 pages. If there was one book about being happy and staying sane working in the Fortune 1000, I would read this one.
Oct 25, 2013 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very long time to eat. It was good. But I would not eat again. This si a long review?

Zoffix Znet
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
It's an alright book, divided into three parts: "DO better. LOOK better. CONNECT better."

It definitely feels like the "DO better" part was the original piece, and then the author realized it was too short to fill a book. The book starts very strongly, offering great advice on how to "DO" stuff at the right level.

Then, it just nose-dives in the "LOOK" better part. Some good points are there, but overall this part advises you to be manipulative and fake. Much of the advice feels out of touch for t
Maureen Angel
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books I've read on how to manage your career

Read Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life for a book group. I'm very glad someone in our group had the foresight to choose this book. It is very well written and delivered on the elements outlined in the subtitle. It was hard to read the sections that highlighted mistakes I've made in my career, but certainly put them in perspective and provided a better way forward to avoi
Girish Kamath
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Terrific Read. 5 stars.
Along-with few other books (Making of a Manager, the Hard Thing about Hard Things), RISE is a great read on how to manage your career. You get lots of practical advice and it forces you to think about important things you could have ignored till now. Few of her advices which I found extremely useful:
• Negotiate your job description & get areas added where you are strong
• How to delegate effectively and still keep ownership of the outcome
• Effective ways to build credibil
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book punched me in the face. I read the first section and put it down, because I knew the rest of the book was going to just kick the juvenile paradigms right out of my skull.

Patty effectively breaks down what you need to do to succeed at work and get promoted. This has some overlap with the book "Stealing the Corner Office" (I also recommend that one); Rise is more comprehensive and touches upon both complex and basic concepts. She describes how to work your weak connections (network) whil
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had been on my list for a while, and I'm glad I finally read it. I love how simple and straightforward Patty's writing is. I had a few moments of feeling physically uncomfortable because of how clearly she pointed out important things that I knew I wasn't doing well, which is a good thing for anyone who wants to get better at navigating their working world. While not all of it may feel 100% applicable if you're not currently leading people, I feel like it's good to know what you might ...more
Ishita Batra
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-style
A candid, clear, and practical guide for building your career. The book is organized into three sections, Do Better, Look Better, and Connect Better - but I found myself classifying the content into three different phases of a career: when you start out as an individual contributor, when you become a manager, and when you become a leader/executive.

A lot of the advice isn’t groundbreaking, but the fact that it’s all in one place, organized clearly and expressed succinctly, makes the book an exce
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My partner and I read this book through flights, lunches, traffic, coffee shops, waiting for appointments - literally just anywhere for weeks. Every single page required for us to stop, discuss the topic and then a whole process of reprogramming ourselves began.

This is a GREAT book! It's a book about action. About actually getting things done. It's about adjusting what needs to be adjusted and become conscious to step above.
Chiara Cokieng
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best self help books for career. By that I mean: (1) written from experience in the real world, (2) able to extract the strategy and principles, along with the tactics, and (3) well-written. Recommended if you are moving from individual contributor to leader and not sure how or what to do once you’re no longer doing “the work.”
Nic Barry
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great breakdown of how to do, look and connect better in your career. A lot of the things I accidentally do well got called out, so plenty more to try and more deliberately apply in a career.
Some of what’s written about it probably more relevant for those more on the cusp of an executive role, but great insights to have to that world.
Traca Savadogo
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book I recommend the most. If you're on the career track at a company, hands down, this is the best book to get straight up, non-nonsense advice that will make a massive difference. I first read it shouting Ah Ha moments in every chapter. Then I formed a book club specifically to cover this book. If I could, I'd give every new career woman this book. It's a game changer, for sure. ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Directed towards aspiring business executives but useful for anyone trying to make sense of their priorities, goals and how to achieve success. Patty's style is fun to read: realistic and practical advice with a killer tuna sandwich recipe as a bonus. ...more
Valentin Fedyaev
Easy read with a great content on career development

Highly recommended to people who has stuck at their jobs and want to advance. Book contains many practical advices, strategies and motivation points.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was insightful from the very beginning. I already want to read it again. I took notes throughout the book. Thanks for sharing, Patty! Now time to get to work and apply all the tips shared.
Vladimir Iglovikov
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book about advancing your career that I read so far. The author is not really a tech person, hence some of her advice may need to be adjusted for tech companies. But even now this book made me think a lot on how do I approach my own career.
Melike Harfouche
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it!!! Felt that it had so much useful advice for me, even though I'm in academic medicine and not the corporate world. Only took off a star because it is geared towards corporate leadership, and wish she had intentionally provided some broader advice. ...more
Alex Bulankou
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book focuses on simple values: time, clear, simple, repetitive messaging, not being a "workhorse" and working on the right level. Not saying "bifurcate" if you can say "split" and keeping yourself and others accountable for advancing the solution forward. ...more
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