Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?: The Nine Inner Strengths You Need to Overcome Self-Defeating Tendencies at Work

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A management professor and a religion professor team up to provide a fresh, penetrating look at the obstacles that prevent people from achieving their full potential. As authors Charles Watson and Thomas Idinopulos demonstrate, inner demons like a lack of integrity, mindless conformity, passivity, or greed conspire to keep people from doing their best. But people can avoid becoming their own worst enemies by using their uniquely human capacities to their fullest—to be more responsible, more creative, more ...

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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?: The Nine Inner Strengths You Need to Overcome Self-Defeating Tendencies at Work

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Overview

A management professor and a religion professor team up to provide a fresh, penetrating look at the obstacles that prevent people from achieving their full potential. As authors Charles Watson and Thomas Idinopulos demonstrate, inner demons like a lack of integrity, mindless conformity, passivity, or greed conspire to keep people from doing their best. But people can avoid becoming their own worst enemies by using their uniquely human capacities to their fullest—to be more responsible, more creative, more self-disciplined, and more honest. Using these strengths, the authors show, makes it easier to resolve ethical dilemmas, attain peak performance without burning out, maintain a positive outlook, and, ultimately, succeed in achieving treasured personal and professional goals.

A management professor and a religion professor team up to provide a fresh, penetrating look at the obstacles that prevent people from achieving their full potential at work. As Watson and Idinopulos demonstrate, inner demons like a lack of integrity, mindless conformity, passivity, mediocrity, or greed conspire to keep people from doing their best. But people can avoid becoming their own worst enemies by using their uniquely human capacities to their fullest: to be more responsible, more insightful, more creative, more self-disciplined, more honest, and more concerned about others. Using these strengths, the authors show, makes it easier to resolve ethical dilemmas, attain peak performance without burning out, maintain a positive outlook, and, ultimately, succeed in achieving treasured personal and professional goals.

The world of work is filled with treacherous shoals that constantly test the integrity, fortitude, and tolerance of employees. The stresses can be incapacitating. Faced with competing agendas, high expectations, sclerotic bureaucracies, and scarce resources, many people fall prey to demons that sap their energy or, worse, encourage them to act against their own interests by being dishonest or cutting corners. Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? shows readers how to take responsibility for their actions and their happiness. It discusses the on-going pressures, temptations, and traps in the workplace and how ordinary people can manage them constructively to remain effective and true to their ideals. Specifically, it shows how learning the following behaviors and attitudes can help people become more productive, more valuable, and more fully satisfied: -Develop the capacity to make things happen. -Make the most of who you are. -Sharpen thinking skills. -Be the kind of person others want to be around. -Break the chains of mindless routine. -Become an effective learner and continue learning. -Master the art of self-discipline. -Act with integrity. -Be of service to others. Using dozens of engaging stories from people in all types of organizations, the authors show how to overcome self-defeating behavior. The result for readers is a blueprint for success, reduced stress, better work/life balance, and fulfillment.

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"Watson and Idinopulos describe how to overcome types of self-defeating behavior at work that affect achieving full success. They detail nine strengths developing what it takes to make things happen and act responsibly, having self-understanding and self-acceptance, sharpening thinking skills, being the person others want to be around through respect and kindness, breaking mindless routines, becoming an effective learner, mastering the art of self-discipline, acting with integrity, and being of service to others. They use practical examples to illustrate methods for developing these strengths."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275992248
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES E. WATSON is Professor of Management at Miami University (Ohio). A former manager with wide business experience, he is the author of over two dozen articles and eight books on management, including Managing with Integrity (Praeger, 1991; a Book-of-the-Month Club selection) and How Honesty Pays (Praeger, 2005).

THOMAS A. IDINOPULOS is Professor of Comparative Religions at Miami University (Ohio). The author of many books, he has also published more than eighty-five articles on religion, politics, and literature in such publications as the Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Develop What It Takes to Make Things Happen     1
Assume Responsibility
Initiate Action
Accept the Consequences
Make the Most of Who You Are     19
Understand Yourself
Accept Yourself
Be Yourself
Sharpen Your Thinking Skills     37
See Beyond the Obvious
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Anticipate Consequences and Outcomes
Be the Kind of Person Others Want to Be Around     55
Value Feelings
Treat Others with Dignity
Be an Encourager
Break the Chains of Mindless Routine     77
Exercise Your Imagination
Turn Failures and Mistakes into Lessons
Rise Above Mediocrity
Become an Effective Learner and Continue Learning     99
Be Curious
Reflect on Your Observations
Expose Your Mind to New Ideas
Master the Art of Self-Discipline     117
Assess Your Actions Honestly
Cause Your Emotions to Work for You
Learn to Make Favorable Impressions
Act with Integrity     139
Know Good from Evil
Right from Wrong
Defeat Self-Centeredness
Pursue the Good and Right Wholeheartedly
Be of Service to Others     161
Rise Above Indifference
Have an Ultimate Concern That Goes Beyond Your Self
Serve Others Generously
Bibliography     181
Index     185
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