GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY AT WORK and Help Others Do The Same

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

by Mark Goulston

Book Description

A practical guide to help workers and managers deal with the self-sabotage that stands in the way of career advancement and satisfaction.

Self-defeating behavior is the most common reason that people put their jobs, careers, and reputations in jeopardy. Whether it’s as simple as a breach of etiquette or a fear of learning new things, expecting too much from employers or failure to delegate, these behaviors lead to frustration, confusion, guilt, defensiveness, and self-doubt that will seriously hurt or even derail a career, no matter how intelligent or qualified a person might be.

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work covers forty of the most common self-defeating behaviors, explains why we sabotage ourselves, and offers proven steps to transform behavior from self-defeating to life-enhancing.

Illustrated with anecdotes and “useable insights” drawn from Dr. Goulston’s more than twenty years in clinical and organization settings, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work shows anyone how to stop being their own worst enemy.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0399152660
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Goulston (Get Out of Your Own Way at Work) returns with a primer on dealing with hard-to-reach people in virtually every scenario—defiant executives, angry employees, families in turmoil, warring couples—through use of well-honed psychological techniques. Negotiating intractable situations is like driving up a steep hill, he posits, but most of us make the mistake of creating more resistance by shifting up; downshift, and you get control, he writes. His Persuasion Cycle filters illustrative snippets from counseling sessions during which he digs into an impressive bag of tricks—Magic Paradox, Impossibility Question, Empathy Jolt—techniques like martial arts moves: potent on their own, but even more powerful when you combine them. His successful persuasion case studies include negotiating a police standoff and assisting a married couple’s conflict resolution. Chapter summaries feature action steps preparing readers to encounter similar scenarios, yielding a guide that is as entertaining as it is useful. (Sept.)

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Great leaders know how to get out of their own way and help others do the same; on the other hand not-so-great leaders get in everyone’s way. If you are committed to becoming great, this book is one of the best guides to help you make it happen.

– Warren Bennis, USC Professor
Founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at University of Southern Calfornia’s Marshall School of Business. Author of books including: On Being a Leader

Many books help you learn what to do – this book helps you learn what to stop! This book will help me become a better coach. It can do the same for you! This book can help you get ahead by surpassing the most important person who is holding you back – yourself!

– Marshall Goldsmith
One of 50 great thinkers and leaders in the field of management according to the American Management Association and the author or co-editor of 18 books, including: The Leader of the Future (a Business Week best-seller).

CEOs do not live in ivory towers. Psychobabble will not help them. Their world is full of pragmatic pragmatic problems that need to be quickly addressed and solved. Dr. Goulston describes issues in real terms and breaks them down so that a CEO can quickly understand them which will lead him or her to real world solutions.

– Dr. Jack Lin
Chairman of the Board and Past CEO
National Technical Systems
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