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Personal Development for Life and Work 10th Edition

Ann Masters, Harold R. Wallace

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2001, 1996
  • 480 Pages


Personal Development for Life and Work 10e is an easy-to-read and easy-to-use practical text focused on helping students better understand themselves, discover their potential, and prepare for successful employment. Chapter topics are all about gaining self-awareness, developing soft skills and strong communication skills, and adopting professional workplace attitudes and skills to succeed in the workplace. The text is divided into four parts: 1) It's All About You; 2) It's All About Communicating; 3) It's All About Working with Others; 4) It's All About Workplace Success. Chapters are arranged in short sections that include self-assessments, case studies, and activities that are appropriate for both business and personal situations. Topics keep the reader's attention; coverage is thorough without being overwhelming. End-of-chapter features includes Points to Remember, Key Terms, Bookmark It, Activities, and Case Studies.

Ann Masters,

L. Ann Masters is Administrator of Curriculum/Instruction in the Nebraska Department of Education. Her extensive teaching experience includes nearly 30 years in business and career education. She has taught a wide variety of communications, human relations, and business courses at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Her administative experience inlcudes positions as Director of Business Education in the Nebraska Department of Education and Member of the National Board of Directors for Future Business Leaders of America. She has published texts in business communication, business English, and human relations and is a frequent conference participant and speaker for state and national career and technical education and business education associations.

Harold R. Wallace, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins

  • Four New Chapters: Chapter 9, Meeting Essentials; Chapter 11, Developing Customer Focus; Chapter 14, Developing Leadership and Managing Change; Chapter 16, Taking Charge of Your Career.
  • New chapter organization divided into four Parts: It’s All About You; It’s All About Commuicating; It’s All About Working with Others; It’s All About Workplace Success.
  • Each Part includes an interview with an industry person who speaks to the Part content.
  • Updated website includes PowerPoints, ExamView, Instrutor’s Manual and solutions.
  • Chapter Activities: Comprehensive individual and team activities that help students develop essential workplace skills.
  • Case Studies to encourage critical thinking and decision making.
  • Bookmark It: Links to additional web activities related to each chapter.
  • Chapters are organized into sections that can easily be covered in a single class period. Each section concludes with Checkpoints and Applications that highlight and review key concepts in each section.
  • Workplace Focus: Profiles of individuals who have are managing their careers and balancing their personal lives.
  • Think About It: Scenario that sets the state for the chapter.
  • On the Job: Real-life situation with questions for reflection.
  • Apply It: Self assessments and inventories that apply the concepts to both personal and business situations.
1. Self-Esteem.
2. Self-Development.
3. Attitude.
4. Image.
5. Communication Essentials.
6. Getting Your Message Across.
7. Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors.
8. Managing Conflict.
9. Meeting Essentials.
10. Applying Critical Work Skills.
11. Developing Customer Focus.
12. Valuing Diversity.
13. Acting Ethically.
14. Developing Leadership and Managing Change.
15. Getting the Job.
16. Taking Charge of Your Career.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133467032
  • ISBN-13: 9781133467038
  • STARTING AT $14.49

  • ISBN-10: 0538450231
  • ISBN-13: 9780538450232
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $75.00
  • RETAIL $99.95

Cases good for both individual and team activities. I especially like the "Bookmark" section and am glad to see support activities on the website. The writing style in these revisions is very conversational and easy for students to read. -- Pat Theriot

Good job taking a huge subject area and distilling it down to the basics. Students will appreciate the concise but thorough concept discussion. -- Dorothy Dean

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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM

ISBN: 9780538450249
This IRCD includes Instructor’s Manual and solutions, ExamView, and PowerPoint slides.

Career & College Success CourseMate with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111478063


Career & College Success CourseMate with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111478063
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.