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Overview Christian working women-whether married or single-desire career excellence and success, just as any woman would. But because of her faith, a Christian woman will have some different values and guidelines in play as she negotiates a path in the career world. This book is a compilation of practical lessons and career management advice from a Christian woman who has lived it and coached it at Dell, one of the most successful companies in the history of capitalism. This book is a combination of personal and humorous stories, practical lessons, and biblical wisdom. The reader will be encouraged by the lessons' applicability to any job in any industry, the biblical foundation for workday reality, and the focus on not just the "tips and tricks" but on the heart of work as well. The seven lessons are: 1. Organizational politics exist in every company. 2. There's always a customer. 3. Career planning is our job, even if it's not on our job description. 4. We are not defined by the title on our business card. 5. Mentoring can be magical, but not manufactured. 6. There's no such thing as too much integrity. 7. Our work impacts the kingdom.
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Studio: New Hope Publishers - Arise
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2005
Publisher New Hope
ISBN 1563099632 ISBN13 9781563099632
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More About Amy Baker
Amy Baker is Ministry Resource Director at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, IN
Amy Baker currently resides in Lafayette. Amy Baker was born in 1962.
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Succeed at Work Without Sidetracking Your Faith Jul 17, 2007
Succeed at Work Without Sidetracking Your Faith examines the challenges and obstacles that Christian women face in the workplace. For the most part, these challenges are much the same as for anyone: figuring out if you really fit your job, dealing with office politics, trying to provide good customer service, not taking the job title so seriously, and trying to keep your integrity in the process. However, the author also states that people often leave their faith at the door when they leave for work each morning, an act that the author believes is wrong.
In some ways I wholeheartedly agree with the author's assessments. I believe that all people (no matter what their faith) should line up all aspects of their life to match their integrity. In this way, we should strive to do work that matches our life intensions and have passion in all parts of our daily life. On the other hand, I really don't think my colleagues need to be made aware of my beliefs. My spirituality is a personal matter and I don't feel the need to missionary or convert others to my beliefs in order to make me more comfortable.
A blueprint for a Christian woman to follow Sep 22, 2006
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (09/06)
Author Amy C. Baker gets to the heart of the matter for working Christian women - how to integrate faith into everyday work. Ms. Baker has taken 20 years of professional experience in human relations, communications and not for profit and turned it into an easy to follow blueprint for Christian women to follow. Often using her own work experience as an executive for Dell, a hugely successful company, she shows the reader that a person does not have to compromise their values or excellence to succeed in business. Every chapter is full of solid career advice, values and some very humorous examples of successful people who use these principles. Baker ends each chapter with things to think about and evaluate in our own lives.
The 7 lessons of Career Excellence include:
· Career Planning is your job - even if it's not in your job description. People need to take responsibility for their own careers and not leave it up to the Human Resources Department. You are the only person who really knows your skills and successes.
· Organizational politics exist in every company. Stories of political maneuvering go back to the Bible and will always exist. It is up to us to work with the highest ethics and Christian values when confronted with office politics.
· There's always a customer. Who are your customers? Do you have a good relationship with them? Would they describe you as ethical and honest?
· You are not defined by the title on your business card. So many people get caught up in the ego world of job titles and we are so much more than just a job title.
· Mentoring can be magical, but not manufactured. It is important to choose mentors who represent the values that you hold close to you.
· There's no such thing as too much integrity. Integrity covers much more than just work decisions, it is based on what and how we say it, gossip or inappropriate talk, and even our appearance.
· Your work impacts the Kingdom of God. Every person in the workforce impacts the Kingdom of God, from the frontline fast food associate to the President of a company.
Baker uses successful stories from women throughout the book beginning with the foreward by Supermodel Kim Alexis. Here is a high profile woman who stands by her Christian values in the tough fashion world. Other examples include many high profile women who face tough decisions in the workplace everyday and choose the Christian way. They prove that you can be highly successful and not be swayed away from your beliefs.
This is a book that I would highly recommend for Christian women going into or already in the workplace. Amy Baker does a great job integrating Christian principles and overall excellence with the career path. I would like to coin a phrase from her book where she describes successful women from Biblical Stories by saying "You Go Girl!" right back to her.
A Very Helpful Read! Feb 23, 2006
It is not easy for a woman in the work world but top that off with being a Christian woman and the ball game gets a whole lot harder.For this woman, she now not only has to compete in a man's world, but she also knows she must play by rules that most of the others in the game don't even know exist. What is she to do? Author, Amy Baker takes a hard look at this problem in her work, "Succeed At Work Without Sidetracking Your Faith," and has come up with some top-notch faith related answers. If you are wanting to be a successful working woman and also a woman of faith you could not find a betting help book than this one, nor a better teacher than our author because you know you are learning from one who has been there, experienced what you are experiencing and has come out a winner. You realize that God indeed wants you to succeed and that you will not fall behind or if I may say, be a wimp, because you conduct yourself and your business in God's principals of success. Ms. Baker gives us humorous stories, mixing biblical wisdom in her words to bring us up to speed in our decision making. If you are a Christian working woman wanting to succeed in the business world and still maintain the integrity of your walk with God this book will indeed encourage you and help you. However, this is not just for the Christian woman, every morsel of advice in this work is written to help and can be used by all women who are mingling in the work world. Shirley Johnson Senior Reviewer MidWest Book Review