Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths

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You will experience psychological impasse many times in your life. During these times, you have the sensation that you’re stuck or paralyzed. You’re convinced that something must change, whether in your work or personal life. Though this feeling is normal, you need to move beyond it. Failure to “get unstuck” can put your career and personal life—as well as the healthy functioning of your team or organization—at risk.

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Overview


You will experience psychological impasse many times in your life. During these times, you have the sensation that you’re stuck or paralyzed. You’re convinced that something must change, whether in your work or personal life. Though this feeling is normal, you need to move beyond it. Failure to “get unstuck” can put your career and personal life—as well as the healthy functioning of your team or organization—at risk.

In Getting Unstuck, business psychologist and researcher Timothy Butler offers strategies for moving beyond a career or personal-life impasse—by recognizing the state of impasse, awakening your imagination, recognizing patterns of meaning in your life, and taking action for change.

Drawing on a wealth of stories about individuals who have successfully transitioned out of impasses, Getting Unstuck provides a practical, authoritative road map for moving past your immediate impasse—and defining a meaningful path forward.

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Editorial Reviews

Investors Business Daily
This is not a quick-fix self-help book . . . it's in the service of growth.
The Globe & Mail
Getting Unstuck draw[s] you through the currents and undercurrents of impasse, offering hope, inspiration and a few memorable tools as a bonus.
The Boston Globe
. . . a culture that values relentless work and connectivity squeezes out the time we need for soul-searching . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422102251
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,212,165
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Timothy Butler is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School. He teaches career coaching and consults to organizations worldwide on career development issues.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Impasse
Facing Crisis     3
Feeling Stuck and Doubting Ourselves     15
Opening Up and Letting Go     39
Shifting to a New Understanding     49
Vision
Our Deepest Interests: The First Pattern in the Carpet     81
Learning to Let Our Passions Guide Us     101
Power, People, and Achievement: Three Interwoven Patterns     117
Mapping Our Insights: Patterns in the Sand     137
Getting Unstuck
Moving from Impasse to Action     157
Living at the Border     167
Appendixes
Continuing the Journey: An Annotated Bibliography     173
A Note on Impasse and Depression     187
Scoring the One Hundred Jobs Exercise     191
Notes     195
Index     199
About the Author     205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Helpful insights on dealing with a personal crisis

    often fall into psychological ruts that can lead to feelings of fatigue, worthlessness and even guilt. During such periods, falling asleep at night and getting out of bed in the morning both become difficult. Making decisions gets to be almost impossible. If this state persists intensely over a long period, clinicians call it depression. When these feelings are short-lived and intermittent, psychologist and career change expert Timothy Butler calls it an ¿impasse.¿ Though uncomfortable, an impasse is good because it can act as a much-needed catalyst for a meaningful metamorphosis. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to get ¿unstuck¿ from an impasse. That is where Butler¿s savvy book comes into play. He provides insightful, hands-on advice telling people who feel stuck how to move along and make necessary, valuable changes. For his exercises to work, the reader must spend time on them and be open to letting them take effect. We applaud Butler¿s life change program and his intelligent psychological guide. Learn how to overthrow that impasse, and go forward new and fresh.

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