Your Stars at Work: Using the Power of Astrology to Get Along and Get Ahead on the Job

Your Stars at Work: Using the Power of Astrology to Get Along and Get Ahead on the Job

by Carole Golder

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In Your Stars at Work, astrologer Carole Golder shows you how to use the power of astrology to get along and get ahead. Find out what occupation you are best suited for, develop your strengths, minimize weaknesses, improve your relationships with your coworkers, and balance your love life with your work life--all through astrology.

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ISBN-13: 9781466873902
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carole Golder is the author of five best-selling astrology titles, including Love Lives and Success Through the Stars. Her horoscope columns and features have appeared online and in magazines worldwide. She lives in London.


Carole Golder is the astrology columnist for Woman's World magazine and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Us and The Star. Her books include Love Lives: Using Astrology to Build the Perfect Relationship with Any Star Sign and Moon Signs for Lovers.  She lives in London where she writes a weekly column for The Sunday Express.

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Your Stars at Work

Using the Power of Astrology to Get Along and Get Ahead on the Job


By Carole Golder, Peter Prins

Henry Holt and Company

Copyright © 1997 Carole Golder
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-7390-2



CHAPTER 1

Make Your Star Sign Work for You: A Quiz


People tend to deal with their lives in different ways, depending on their star signs. In the following quiz, I want to show you how your behavior in the workplace will differ because of your sign.

Fire signs are more likely to go into battle taking certain risks, while Earth signs are more likely to trade (and tread) cautiously. Air signs are often better at discussing strategies and negotiating, while the Water signs may be more inclined to downplay or even ignore problems when they arise.

Make sure you answer the questions honestly before you read the chapter that relates to your star sign. This will help you become even more successful in the workplace and thus achieve maximum career longevity.

Each question for Fire, Earth, Air, and Water has an a, b, c, or d answer. You must circle only one answer. The number of points you earn will illuminate your current working style and enable you to see how much work you may need to do in order to be more successful.


THE FIRE SIGNS: ARIES, LEO, SAGITTARIUS

1. What do you consider to be your most valuable asset in today's competitive workplace?

a. Being a trailblazer.

b. Relying on pragmatism at all times.

c. Being able to get along with people at all levels.

d. Feeling at ease in a high-profile role.


2. If you encounter problems at work are you able to analyze your positive and negative qualities?

a. I'm never negative.

b. My positive qualities overrule my negative ones.

c. I don't have time even to think about them.

d. I think they're about equal.


3. What is your basic attitude toward your work?

a. I want to be a real star.

b. It gives me a constant challenge.

c. I pursue my goals with enthusiasm.

d. It's something that has to be done.


4. When you are aiming for promotion, do you:

a. Focus all your attention on the right targets?

b. Show you can work as a team member and on your own initiative?

c. Take the boss to lunch?

d. Aggressively assert your opinions and ideas to everyone who will listen?


5. How do you cope with being passed over for a promotion? By:

a. Assuring myself that it won't happen again!

b. Challenging the decision with the people at the top.

c. Proclaiming to my coworkers that it was absolute favoritism toward someone else.

d. Asking my inner self if perhaps I wasn't quite ready yet.


6. When you're in a really ambitious mood, do you:

a. Work extralong hours?

b. Make your presence impossible to ignore?

c. Get into a panic in case you're not far enough ahead?

d. Create a long-term game plan that you know is feasible?


7. How do you feel about romantic relationships with coworkers?

a. They could add excitement to my life.

b. I don't want anything to interfere with my goals.

c. Whatever comes along is fine with me.

d. They're crazy and not worth the risks.


8. How do you deal with stress?

a. I never think about it.

b. I use it to keep the adrenaline running.

c. I listen to what my body is trying to tell me.

d. I look for some less stressful work.


9. In your attitude toward making money, do you:

a. Aim for quick results?

b. Create a realistic business plan to double your income?

c. Invariably spend more than you can earn?

d. Take certain risks to make a killing?


10. If you hear that a coworker is gossiping about you behind your back, do you:

a. React immediately and aim for a direct confrontation?

b. Shrug your shoulders and resolve to ignore it?

c. Make a big deal out of it to everyone but the person responsible?

d. Resolve to beat the perpetrator at his or her own game, and spread the word that this person can't be trusted?


11. To get longevity out of your career, do you:

a. Always keep up-to-date in your field?

b. Demonstrate strategic skills in information technology?

c. Make it your business to develop strong working relationships at the executive level?

d. Consider that specialist skills are less important than a high profile and energetic personality?


THE EARTH SIGNS:

TAURUS, VIRGO, CAPRICORN

1. What do you consider to be your most valuable asset in today's competitive workplace?

a. Being a total pragmatist.

b. My loyalty and dependability.

c. The fact that I don't mind working late.

d. My strong sense of purpose.


2. Do you deal with a problem at work by:

a. Taking risks?

b. Proceeding with caution?

c. Dealing with it head-on?

d. Ignoring it in the hope that it will disappear?


3. What is your basic attitude toward your work?

a. I feel it's my duty to work hard for my living.

b. It gives me a strong sense of purpose and stability.

c. I enjoy fulfilling a realizable goal.

d. I enjoy giving shape to other people's concepts.


4. When you are aiming for promotion, do you:

a. Develop a stronger competitive streak?

b. Manage to convince the powers that be that you have tenacity plus entrepreneurial flair?

c. Always feel confident about your response to the fast-changing needs of today's workplace?

d. Constantly have the right blend of personal, business, and technical skills?


5. How do you cope with being passed over for a promotion? By:

a. Resolving to find out why I've been passed over.

b. Shrugging my shoulders and keeping quiet.

c. Mentally refusing to be defeated for long but being fairly laid-back in my attitude.

d. Rising determinedly to the challenge of getting a new promotion soon.


6. When you're in a really ambitious mood, do you:

a. Become more dynamic in your approach to everyone and everything?

b. Make sure that you're always the last one to leave the office, and often the first one in?

c. Promote yourself by gaining greater visibility at the corporate level?

d. Take more initiatives and get an adrenaline buzz when you do so?


7. How do you feel about romantic relationships with coworkers?

a. I'd never want to create problems in my working life.

b. Sometimes you can't control your passions.

c. It wouldn't be a problem for me, although I wouldn't seek out such a relationship.

d. I'd rather concentrate on my long-term career goals.


8. How do you deal with stress?

a. I just accept that I can't avoid it if I'm under lots of pressure.

b. I make sure I become more flexible, both mentally and physically.

c. I try to have a good massage once a week.

d. I relax in front of the TV.


9. In your attitude toward making money, do you:

a. Rarely feel secure without it?

b. Set yourself financial goals and stick to them?

c. Always go for a slow but steady gain?

d. Sometimes take shortcuts that could be risky?


10. If you hear that a coworker is gossiping about you behind your back, do you:

a. Start a verbal fight with the perpetrator?

b. Ignore the gossip, knowing it's unlikely to be believed by anyone else?

c. Complain to your boss?

d. Spread some gossip yourself?


11. To get longevity out of your career, do you:

a. Make sure you have good working relationships at all levels?

b. Have lofty ideals at all times?

c. Mentally step into the shoes of any adversaries and learn to understand their viewpoints?

d. Combine strategic vision and leadership with a disciplined approach to your skills?


THE AIR SIGNS:

GEMINI, LIBRA, AQUARIUS


1. What do you consider to be your most valuable asset in today's competitive workplace?

a. My ability to communicate intellectually on all levels.

b. My knowledge of strategies and techniques.

c. My willingness to change with the times.

d. My academic qualifications.


2. Do you deal with a problem at work by:

a. Weighing the pros and cons of the situation?

b. Trying to talk your way out of it?

c. Discussing your strategy with the rest of the team?

d. Analyzing your inner feelings before doing anything else?


3. What is your basic attitude toward your work?

a. It enables me to meet interesting people and make money too.

b. I enjoy being part of a hardworking team.

c. It motivates me to become more creative.

d. It gives me a regimen in my life.


4. When you are aiming for promotion, do you:

a. Always have an eye for the crucial details?

b. Make attitude adjustments if you know they're necessary?

c. Look at the long-term consequences of all your actions?

d. Make sure you befriend the right people?


5. How do you cope with being passed over for a promotion? By:

a. Sending my résumé out to some other companies.

b. Endeavoring to find out where I went wrong.

c. Challenging the decision by going right to the top.

d. Showing a competitive streak and determination to be promoted very soon.


6. When you're in a really ambitious mood, do you:

a. Let it be known that you're a great negotiator and wheeler-dealer?

b. Improve on your record of practical achievements?

c. Network over power breakfasts to make sure you don't miss out on anything?

d. Enhance your knowledge of the information highway even if it means working even longer hours?


7. How do you feel about romantic relationships with coworkers?

a. I'd never let the possibility enter my mind!

b. I'd analyze the pros and cons before getting involved.

c. I prefer not to get involved with my coworkers, even when I do feel an attraction.

d. A little mental flirting is fine, but sex in the workplace — never!


8. How do you deal with stress?

a. I've resolved to start meditating when I'm under pressure.

b. I tell myself it doesn't exist and just ignore it.

c. I take lots of coffee breaks.

d. I try not to have too many late nights.


9. In your attitude toward making money, do you:

a. Shoot for the moon?

b. Always follow through on your moneymaking ideas?

c. Plan ahead logically and rationally?

d. Care less about the money than the job?


10. If you hear that a coworker is gossiping about you behind your back, do you:

a. Start a big scene with the perpetrator?

b. Calmly ignore it and get on with your work?

c. Discuss what to do about it with people you know you can trust?

d. Complain to the powers that be?


11. To get longevity out of your career, do you:

a. Form effective cross-functional relationships at all levels?

b. Show constant evidence of initiative, tenacity, and flair?

c. Demonstrate specialist skills and a disciplined approach?

d. Exhibit strategic, analytical thinking combined with commercial acumen?


THE WATER SIGNS:

CANCER, PISCES, SCORPIO


1. What do you consider to be your most valuable asset in today's competitive workplace?

a. My ability to navigate the ups and downs of my career.

b. My strong but subtle style of influencing others.

c. The knowledge that my instincts and intuition will guide me in the right direction.

d. My ability to communicate and take responsibility for my decisions.


2. Do you deal with a problem at work by:

a. Facing it head-on without delay?

b. Making a gut decision based on your instincts?

c. Always trying to negotiate a compromise?

d. Asking your boss for some advice?


3. What is your basic attitude toward your work?

a. I need some financial security.

b. It keeps me from drifting aimlessly through life.

c. It enables me to express myself creatively.

d. I figure if other people can be successful, so can I.


4. When you are aiming for promotion, do you:

a. Define a clear goal and work harder than ever?

b. Make sure you review the positive, pragmatic effects, as well as the potential losses, of all your moves?

c. Remember that sometimes you have to zigzag to get to the top?

d. Have the inner hunger necessary to achieve your goals?


5. How do you cope with being passed over for a promotion? By:

a. Taking defeat in stride and getting on with my work.

b. Accepting that self-pity is allowed once in a while, but not for too long!

c. Taking a dispassionate analysis of my weaknesses and my strengths.

d. Blaming the current state of the job market.


6. When you're in a really ambitious mood, do you:

a. Keep a record of how often your gut decisions have been right?

b. Cultivate good relationships with the people at the top?

c. Show a deep commitment to your superiors, coworkers, and subordinates?

d. Take a crash course in the latest strategies and techniques in your field?


7. How do you feel about romantic relationships with coworkers?

a. I think that love is always important, no matter where it starts.

b. I'm aware that I'm highly emotional, and always weigh the pros and cons.

c. Once in a while a romantic liaison can even help you get to the top.

d. I try never to let my heart rule my head when work is involved.


8. How do you deal with stress?

a. I use medication to calm me down.

b. I accept that it's a fact of life in today's workplace and try to ignore it.

c. I try to have a peaceful lifestyle outside of work, and find that being near the water helps to calm my nerves.

d. I make sure I avoid loud people and stressful situations.


9. In your attitude toward making money, do you:

a. Care desperately about your financial security?

b. Have a fairly laid-back attitude when times are good?

c. Make sure you have a realistic plan to provide for the future?

d. Achieve more satisfaction from being creative than making money?


10. If you hear that a coworker is gossiping about you behind your back, do you:

a. Vow you will never have anything to do with that person again?

b. Resolve to pay the perpetrator back in kind?

c. Feel sufficiently self-confident to know that no one will believe the gossip?

d. Let your emotions get the better of you and show how upset you are?


11. To get longevity out of your career, do you:

a. Take whatever position is offered in order to stay where you are?

b. Maintain a strongly competitive streak and keep your résumé up-to-date?

c. Act as friendly with your superiors and coworkers out of the office as you do within?

d. Constantly prove not only your ability to operate on your own initiative but also your willingness to be a focused team player?


What's the Score?

Tally up the points that correspond to each of your answers.


16 points or less: You'd better get your act together fast and read up on your sign to prove you have what it takes to be successful in today's increasingly competitive workplace.

17–28 points: Outwardly you may seem to be a good worker, but inwardly you know you're not doing the best that you can. Raise your self-esteem and your work performance too by making the most of your star sign chapter.

29–38 points: No one can deny that you're a smart player, but at times you may still be selling yourself short. Read up on your sign, and you'll become even more motivated.

39 points or above: There is no doubt that you're able to gain visibility at corporate levels. But watch out you're not so busy shooting for the moon that you get careless and forget the crucial details.

CHAPTER 2

ARIES IN THE WORKPLACE

March 21 * April 20


If you were born between March 21 and April 20, you were born under the sign of Aries, first sign of the Zodiac. You are a Masculine, Cardinal, Positive, Fire sign, and your planetary symbol is the Ram. Because Mars, God of War, is your ruler, you often spend your life "going into battle."

Dynamic, enterprising, and pioneering, you are a fiery, impatient leader. An ambitious self-starter, you possess entrepreneurial acumen combined with shrewd negotiating skills that enable you to explore new opportunities. You are able to operate with flair, and you possess no shortage of energy and enthusiasm. A battle gets your adrenaline flowing faster than just about anything else.

But what about those times when a more laid-back approach would be infinitely preferable to everyone around you? It may not be easy, but it is possible for you to slow down and revise your strategy; remember, you thrive on a challenge!

One of the easiest ways to revise your work strategy, regardless of how and where you work, is to learn more about your opposite sign, Libra. Libra, sign of balance and harmony, charm and diplomacy, can teach you a great deal. You can learn something from every sign, which is why you might try to play a different sign once in a while.

Take a typical workday in the Aries life. You intend to go into work early, but the subway has a problem and the trains are jammed; someone beats you to the cab as the rain pours down, and when you do arrive you find an important letter has jammed the fax machine.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction: Working toward the Next Millennium,
Make Your Star Sign Work for You: A Quiz,
Aries in the Workplace: March 21–April 20,
Taurus in the Workplace: April 21–May 20,
Gemini in the Workplace: May 21–June 20,
Cancer in the Workplace: June 21–July 21,
Leo in the Workplace: July 22–August 21,
Virgo in the Workplace: August 22–September 21,
Libra in the Workplace: September 22–October 22,
Scorpio in the Workplace: October 23–November 21,
Sagittarius in the Workplace: November 22–December 20,
Capricorn in the Workplace: December 21–January 19,
Aquarius in the Workplace: January 20–February 18,
Pisces in the Workplace: February 19–March 20,
Also by Carole Golder,
Copyright,

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