The downsizing of America -- once thought to be a temporary cost-cutting measure to boost profit margins -- has brought a swift end to the era of "lifetime employment." Given the fact that these terminations are nationwide, affect every industry, and are usually neither fault-based nor predictable, no executive is immune. Based on interviews with over 100 now-portable executives who were among the first casualties of downsizing, The Portable Executive explores the unlimited opportunities available to those who are independent, self-directed, and willing to work on a contract basis. It explains:
How to make a smooth transition to becoming "portable"
How to identify, continually update, and market your skills
Why companies that downsize full-time employees are willing to hire executives on an as-needed basis
How and why the relationship between employers and executives has changed from boss/worker to peer/peer
And much more -- including how to invent a business, what to charge clients, how to network, market, and sell yourself as a "personal service business entity," and, most important, how to enjoy a greater sense of creativity, satisfaction, and long-term job security than ever before.
Stephen G. Harrison President, Lee Hecht Harrison ...The Portable Executive should become corporate required reading.
Booklist Thompson's advice...may soon supplant Bolles' oh-so-tired What Color Is Your Parachute?
Peter Senge Sloan School Of Management, MIT; Author of The Fifth DisciplineThe Portable Executive provides the perspective and the practical advice to help once-secure executives through [a] terrifying yet potentially liberating life transition.