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Battles Between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home
     

Battles Between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home

by Julie Ann Wambach, Robert W. Fuller (Foreword by), Rita van Alkemade (Illustrator)
 

Every time we interact with another person, whether we realize it or not, we must deal with issues of power that takes place within a shared hierarchy. Because there are those who misuse their rank, we can find ourselves in disputes that ruin individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. In Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies, Dr. Julie Ann Wambach offers

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Every time we interact with another person, whether we realize it or not, we must deal with issues of power that takes place within a shared hierarchy. Because there are those who misuse their rank, we can find ourselves in disputes that ruin individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. In Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies, Dr. Julie Ann Wambach offers insights about kinds of hierarchies, how we create Somebodies and Nobodies, and the nature of those rank abusers who produce havoc in our lives. She maintains that battles lead to more battles, wherein everyone loses. With information and planning, readers can resolve conflicts in more creative fashions. This self help book describes how abuse of rank strikes in many parts of our life. While the book includes some theory, it is basically a how-to for anyone who wants out of the rank abuse cycle. The serious topic of rank abuse is presented in a friendly conversational style punctuated with 35 whimsical drawings. With the help of a ""Rank Conflict Inventory,"" numerous real life examples, step-by-step strategies, chapter exercises, and 20 rankist types, ""Battles"" is for a diverse audience.

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Wambach's role as a dispute mediator and counselor prompted her to assemble this book on the dynamics of power and handling situations wherein power is abused. The author delves into the nature of hierarchies and notes that conflict within social groups turns into rankism when those in charge promote themselves and their interests while bringing harm to a person or community. Wambach explores both overt rankists, such as tyrants and gangsters, and covert rankists, such as snubbers and gatekeepers, and advises on how to handle their power plays. "Nobody" rankists are also analyzed, as they retaliate by placating, flattering, or gossiping. This insightful book, written for a college-level audience and beyond, could potentially serve a wide audience, especially among business self-help readers.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981481807
Publisher:
Brookside Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Julie Ann Wambach mediates disputes for a variety of nonprofit and governmental entities. After receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Julie taught high school speech communication and English for 5 years. She later completed her M.A. in Speech Communication and Ph.D. in Adult Development and Aging at Arizona State University. As Professor of Human Communication at Scottsdale [Arizona] Community College, she published two textbooks and numerous articles in juried academic journals and professional magazines. She has counseled individuals and married couples, and has been a speech writer, coach, and editor for administrators and elected officials.

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