Finally... a direct and straightforward answer to the question of why some people sail effortlessly through their careers while others stumble, plateau or derail entirely. Dr. Lois Frankel, an internationally known pioneer and expert in the field of business coaching, provides readers with insight into how over-reliance on early career strengths can lead to catastropic results later in one's career. Learn how you can overcome the eight most common reasons why smart people fail: 1. Overlooking the importance of people 2. Inability to function effectively as a member of a team 3. Failure to focus on image and communication 4. Insensitivity to the reactions of others 5. Difficulty working with authority 6. Too broad or too narrow vision 7. Indifference to customer or client needs 8. Working in isolation. Self-tests, case examples, and innovative ways to develop the crucial skills needed to compete in a volatile economy and ever-changing job market make this book what Anne Fisher (Ask Annie columnist from Fortune magazine)calls, "A must-read for anyone who wants to make the future even better than the past."