Been awhile since I checked this thread. My attitude is you only live once...give it all you got, don't take crap within reason, and voice your desires. I know I'm young and just starting out, but I have definitely voiced what I want and where I want to be within my company. I get a lot of respect from management for that. For you guys that posted recommended books, I'll check to see if we have those at work. If not I'll have my manager order them for me to read while traveling.
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."