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Jan 3, 2020

12 Life & Career Commandments

Having rewarding work lives and careers often requires understanding ourselves better. But what really drives us? Motivates us? What is our purpose? What really is – when all is said and done – our life’s work?

Unafraid to run off the usual careers book leash, in his new book Life’s Work published on 9th January, James Reed takes a holistic rather zen approach to asking (and helping readers answer) easy, fundamental and also difficult life questions.

With a slew of anecdotes, hard won lessons and charm, James Reed ranges widely to help us all find our career mojo and guiding stars.

Life’s Work contains James Reed’s 12 life and career commandments:

  • Look in the Mirror
  • Go to Parties
  • Play Poohsticks
  • Be Selfish
  • Kick Start Some Good Habits & Kick Out Some Bad Ones
  • Pick Your Targets
  • Think in Days & Decades
  • Be Powerful, Be Prepared
  • Showcase Your Work Ethic
  • Ask For Help
  • Find a Boss You Can Learn From
  • Change Your Job & Change Your Life

James Reed has worked in recruitment and careers for more than twenty-five years. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive of REED, Britain’s biggest and best-known recruitment name. The company’s purpose is ‘Improving Lives Through Work’ and, by doing so, helping people to ‘Love Mondays’. James Reed was voted Top CEO by employee-ratings platform Glassdoor in both 2018 and 2019.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, James is also the author of several bestselling books: The 7 Second CV: How to Land the Interview; Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again; and The Happy Recruiter: The 7 Ways to Succeed. He also co-authored Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love.


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