Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work

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Love It, Don't Leave It encourages employees to assume responsibility for the way their work lives work. This is not difficult, say authors Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, who take a witty and practical approach to finding job satisfaction. Presented in an appealing, accessible A to Z format, the book includes strategies for communication, career growth, balancing work with family, and more. Chapters include "Ask: And You May Receive," "Jerk: Work with One?" "Passion: It's Not Just a Fruit," and "Zenith: ...

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Overview

Love It, Don't Leave It encourages employees to assume responsibility for the way their work lives work. This is not difficult, say authors Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, who take a witty and practical approach to finding job satisfaction. Presented in an appealing, accessible A to Z format, the book includes strategies for communication, career growth, balancing work with family, and more. Chapters include "Ask: And You May Receive," "Jerk: Work with One?" "Passion: It's Not Just a Fruit," and "Zenith: Are We There Yet?" The same breezy, results-minded style that made the authors' Love 'Em or Lose 'Em a bestseller makes this follow-up a fun and inspiring read.

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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
How to Get What You Want From Your Work
In an era when jobs are harder to find and making the most of what you have is vital, inspiration to stay in a job is needed more than ever. Organizational consultants Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans present a mix of strategy and encouragement to help discouraged employees find the satisfaction they need in the jobs they already have instead of searching for greener pastures elsewhere. Love It, Don't Leave It presents the questions employees should ask themselves whenever they are disgruntled by their work, and guides them to the answers that can help them enjoy their stay if it is the right choice.

Every job has its pitfalls. Whether they are jerks at work, bad bosses, poor pay, or just limited career opportunities, the reasons why people leave their work are just as numerous as their reasons to stay. To help people find what it takes to look forward to each new day of work with enthusiasm and appreciation, the authors pack an abundance of tips, hints and tools to achieve workplace satisfaction into each page of Love It, Don't Leave It. At the heart of their 27 chapters are five key messages that can help workers get more from the jobs they already have. They are:

  • What you want could be found right where you are. Sometimes an employee only needs a better perspective of what it is he or she is looking for. The authors advise readers to look inside before they jump outside.
  • You're in charge. We are all responsible for our own workplace satisfaction. Managers are not mind readers and cannot know what would make you happy unless you tell them. The authors write that it is up to you to fix what is wrong or find what is missing.
  • There are at least 26 ways to take the initiative. Love It, Don't Leave It devotes a chapter to each one.
  • Don't wait. Instead of settling for a job that doesn't work for you, take immediate steps to improve it. Waiting for someone else to take the first step could take a long time.
  • Double-check those greener pastures. Many people find the grass elsewhere is not always greener. New workplaces often have the same or different challenges, frustrations and disappointments, so check them out by performing some research before you quit.


Tune Up Your Working Life
The authors offer readers a plethora of actions they can take to get what they need from their work, as well as many stories describing those who have taken those actions. The result is an easy-to-navigate maintenance manual for working adults who want to improve their working lives.

The longer an employee stays with a job, the more equity he or she builds. It can come in the form of skill equity, social equity, influence equity, and financial equity. The authors point out that these forms of equity must be considered before an employee leaves a job, and can play an important role in keeping him or her at a current job. They also explain that an attitude adjustment might be the only thing that is needed to keep someone where his or her equity has already begun to build.

Don't Hold Back
Love It, Don't Leave It begins with a chapter that calls on employees to ask for the things they want. Although most employees hold back and settle for less, or simply leave before they make their needs clear, the authors explain that managers want to keep solid performers engaged and on the team. Simply asking for the things that will help you stay satisfied and productive can be the key to improving your work satisfaction. The authors suggest you hold an honest, possibly courageous conversation with your boss to ask for what you really want. To determine what you should ask for, they write that you should interview yourself to find out what you really want.

The authors also advise employees to accept responsibility for what they get out of their work. Don't pass the buck. Evaluate your job and list what you love and hate about it. Take charge and talk to the people who might be able to help you. The authors point out that blaming others rarely gets us what we want and need.

The authors explain that your career is your creation, so you must give some thought and time to planning it. To own your career, they write that you must take the right steps to plan, build and strengthen it. These steps include looking at yourself to discover your interests, values and work skills; uncovering trends and multiple career options; identifying goals, alliances and support; and creating a plan of action.

Why We Like This Book
Love It, Don't Leave It contains valuable wisdom that every dissatisfied employee should consider before leaving a job. It also describes the actions workers should take and the questions they should ask that can help them advance their careers and improve their working lives. Pinpointing problems and solutions, and encouraging active workplace participation, it provides reminders about the power workers should never forget they have. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576752500
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 523,206
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaye has over 20 years of experience in career development and management training.

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LOVE IT DON'T LEAVE IT

26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work
By BEVERLY KAYE SHARON JORDAN-EVANS

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2003 Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-57675-875-5


Chapter One

Ask And You May Receive

If you don't ask, you're less likely to get what you want. It seems so simple. Yet for some reason, people hold back. They expect their bosses to read their minds. Some just settle for less and bring half their hearts (or brains) to work. Others decide it's easier to leave than to ask. Most people eventually realize that no matter where or with whom they work, at times they will want a little more of something. And the best way to get that something is to ask.

What you don't ask for stays the same. —Unknown

They Want to Hear from You

If you are a solid performer, your managers want to know what will keep you engaged (satisfied, productive) and on the team. They don't want to lose you, physically or psychologically.

I wish he had just asked. I would have said, "Let me see what I can do for you. Let's brainstorm how this might work—for you and for others." Instead of asking, he jumped ship. I am so disappointed. We needed him. He had a great future here.

How ready are you to hold an honest, possibly courageous conversation with your boss, a colleague, a senior leader? How willing are you to ask for what you really want? Here's how someone did just that:

I considered quitting my job rather than asking for time off to participate in an overseas service/study program. It just seemed like too big a request. I thought the answer would be no, especially since our department has been so stretched and stressed lately. But I love this job, and my boss is great. I didn't want to leave. I got some coaching from a friend, created a plan, and just went for it.

I told my boss I was a little nervous about a request I had. But I explained the opportunity in detail, told him what I thought I would gain from it and also what I believed he and my team might gain. For example, I believed I would return with new leadership skills and a more global perspective. In our line of work, both could be valuable assets.

I described seven barriers or downsides of my sabbatical and asked him to add to the list. Then I shared some potential solutions to many of those barriers. An example was finding and training an intern to cover much of my workload while I was gone. I also promised to brainstorm solutions to every other barrier with him and my team.

When I was done, he simply said, "Yes." I sat there in shock. He told me he was impressed with my thoughtful approach and my courage (he knew how nervous I was). I thanked him that day, and many times since. We worked on the details over the next two months. I took my trip and came back to work refreshed, energized, and more capable.

My boss and I are both glad that I asked, rather than leave that job. The way I thank him now is by doing my best at work.

Who do you need to ask? And for what? How will you go about it? Try the following steps.

Step 1: Get Crystal-Clear about What You Want

I had this gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction. I would have talked to someone about what I wanted, but first I had to put my finger on it. I'm clear now. I want to feel recognized for what I do here—and I don't mean more money (although that would be nice). I want my boss to say "Thank you" more often. Not just thanks in general but specifically thanks after I've worked late or done a great job on a project. I need to know she values me and my work.

So, what do you want? Get to the bottom of it. Interview yourself:

* What about my job makes me jump out of bed in the morning? * What makes me hit the snooze button?

* If I were to win the lottery and resign, what would I miss the most?

* What would be the one change in my current role that would make me want to stay for a long time?

* If I had a magic wand, what would be the one thing I would change about my department or team? * If I had to go back to a position in my past and stay for an extended period of time, which one would it be and why?

The answers to these questions will reveal what you want. Other chapters in this book will help you further clarify your "wish list." Reread "Ask" after reading them.

Step 2: Consider Who, When, and How You'll Ask

Who can deliver what you want? Consider these people:

  •   Those with information you need
  •   Good listeners and advice givers
  •   Decision makers (your boss?)

How and when will you approach them? Consider their preferences:

  •   Should you request the conversation by e-mail, voice mail, or face-to-face?
  •   Is it best to meet early in the morning or over lunch? Monday or later in the week?

How will you open the conversation? Consider these guidelines:

  •   Get to the point. Thank the person for his or her time and say you have a request to make.
  •   Lay it out and be specific. What do you need? Advice? Feedback? A new challenge?

Step 3: Identify the Barriers—Then Bulldoze Them

Barriers to asking come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most common:

  •   Fear. Is fear in the way of asking? Fear of what? The answer? The person? Something else?

I remembered reading somewhere that I should 'face the fear and do it anyway.' I think the author meant if it's not life threatening. So, after a few sleepless nights and several rounds of practice with my friend, I just went for it. It wasn't nearly as frightening as I thought it would be. I got out of there with my life, and I'm optimistic about getting what I want.

It's simple. To get more of what you really want at work, face your fear, plan your approach, and go for it.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. —Mark Twain

  •   Your boss's (or other decision makers') mind-sets, constraints, or concerns. Those you ask are often bound by rules, policies, guidelines, and cultural norms. And they're concerned about fairness.

I knew he'd be worried about my teammates and their reactions if he said yes to my request. I listed three ways I thought we could handle that concern. He came up with another. Together we dealt with the team in such a positive way that they were actually happy for me. They are also happy to have a boss whom they know will listen to them when they want something!

Anticipate the problems and potential barriers to your request and present ideas for solving them. Seek solutions that work for you, them, and the team.

  •   Lack of WIIFT (what's in it for them?). Before you go to your request granter, stop and identify the WIIFT. Ask yourself, "What's in it for that person to grant my request? How will she benefit? Is my request a 'piece of cake' or really difficult to grant?" WIIFT in hand, now you're ready to ask.

I wanted to learn from her. I knew it was probably the last thing she'd want to do, meet with another grad student. She was so busy and rarely in the office. So, I offered three hours of research time in exchange for one hour of her time with me. She paused a minute and then said, "Yes, what a great idea."

Find the WIIFT and you'll increase the odds of getting a yes.

And If the Answer Is No?

Despite your careful planning and strategic thinking, you'll no doubt encounter a no now and then. Listen to the reasons for the no. Then:

ask again (in a different way or at a different time) —or—

ask how you can help make it work (brainstorm possibilities) —or—

ask someone else (can someone else help with your request?) —or—

ask what's possible, if not this —or—

ask when it might be possible, if not now —or—

ask what you can do to improve the way you're asking.

Don't give up.

The best advice I ever got was from a salesman. He said every no he received got him closer to the inevitable yes.

And when they say yes, thank them—with words and in continued great performance.

* * *

People tell us that in hindsight, they wish they had asked for what they wanted. Or they wish they'd asked in a more effective way, so a decision maker could have worked with them to make it happen. Asking is key to every chapter and central to the philosophy of this book. Don't expect others to take the first step. Don't make them guess, because most often, they'll guess wrong. Be clear. Be prepared. Be collaborative, and then ask for what you want. If you don't ask for what you want, you'll simply have to take what you get.

Buck Don't Pass It

Some people are tempted to hold others accountable for their work satisfaction. Most find over time that those others can't—or won't—deliver what's wanted and needed. Ultimately you choose your career, your boss, your team, your organization. You decide how long to stay, and you have the power and influence to improve your work. Accept that responsibility, complete with its challenges, and you'll get more of what you want from your work and your workplace.

If It's to Be, It's Up to Me

You may have heard that quote before. And you may even have found it annoying. Annoying, but true.

I pushed the snooze button again. It was Monday morning, and the last thing I wanted to do was get up and go to work. I drank another cup of coffee, dropped off the dry cleaning, and actually felt relieved about the traffic jam that delayed my arrival even more.

After months of feeling this way, I decided no one was going to do a thing about it—but me. My boss isn't the type to have a conversation with me about my career, and no one was offering me an exciting new opportunity.

One night I took my wife to dinner and told her I had to do something about my work. I had to leave or make it better. We spent the next three hours writing down all of my options and talking about several strategies.

I started researching some of those options the following week. I talked with my boss about doing more of the work I love and less of the work I dislike. I also talked about options with several colleagues and even a manager in another department. In all of that exploration, I found a colleague who actually loves to do what I hate! With my boss's help, we've redesigned both my colleague's job and mine. I still work in the same company, even for the same boss, but my day-to-day work has changed by 80 percent.

Get this. On a Sunday night, I actually felt excited about the workweek ahead. What a relief!

How have you taken charge lately?

  •   I've carefully evaluated and listed (in detail) what I love about work and what I don't. (yes/no)
  •   I've looked at my latest performance review and identified a step I could take to improve. (yes/no)
  •   I've chatted with a sympathetic (smart) partner about work and what I want from it. (yes/no)
  •   I've clearly evaluated my role in a workplace dilemma or dissatisfaction. (yes/no)
  •   I've explored and then listed all of my options. (yes/no)
  •   I've identified what is possible and what isn't, given this organization's culture, leadership, or rules. (yes/no)
  •   I've taken a risk and

talked to people who might be able to help me (yes/no) —or— tried something new. (yes/no)

If you answered no to any of these, it's simple: Do it.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

Beware the Blame Game

When you point a finger, remember that three other fingers are pointing back at you.

It's so easy to blame. For most of us, the excuses and finger pointing are a knee-jerk reaction. It's a normal, human defense. But blaming seldom gets us what we really want and need.

It's called the Blame Game. You know, when you point the finger and say, "He did it. She did it. They did it." I was into that game big-time until a friend suggested I stop whining and take some accountability for my unhappy work situation. (Yes, friends will tell you the truth!) I realized that I was bored and had basically retired on the job. It wasn't all my fault, but it wasn't really all theirs, either. I talked to my boss about doing something new. He had no idea how bored I was and has helped me find new, more challenging work. I'm learning again and happy with my job.

* * *

This entire book is about taking responsibility for your own satisfaction. The "Buck" philosophy supports the messages in all other chapters. If you don't buy "B," you'll never get to "Z."

Yes, others have roles to play in your work success and happiness. But none have roles that equal yours. Ultimately, it's up to you to change what you don't like and to find what you really want at work.

CAREER Chart Your Course

Your career is your creation. So when was the last time you really gave serious thought and time to planning it? If you can't remember, is it because:

* You are too busy doing this job to think about the next?

* You don't know what you want to do next?

* You are waiting for your manager to make the first move?

* You think the future is too uncertain for career planning?

Too many people allow one or more of these thoughts to delay or even paralyze their actions. They wait. For certainty. For their bosses to provide career maps. For a revelation about the next step. For a "time-out" from the current work, to ponder the next. The truth is that only you can make the time and the decisions that put your career on the right course. The payoff? Greater work satisfaction.

I had done a great job here for twelve years. I knew that I'd be promoted eventually. I waited for the promotion and when it didn't come, I finally asked my boss about it. He said, "Sorry, but in addition to your work experience, that job now requires a special technical certificate." I had watched some colleagues taking those classes, but just didn't realize it was such a big deal. This past year I took the classes and earned the certificate. Recently I finally got that promotion. Now I've gone "public" with my career goals. I talk about them with my boss and am constantly looking for ways to attain them.

Whose Career Is It, Anyway?

You own your career. This attitude will help you get what you want from work. Take steps now to plan it, build it, and strengthen it. Here's how:

* Look at yourself—Examine your interests, values, and work skills. Find out, too, if others see you the way you see yourself.

* Look around—Uncover trends (company/industry), learning pathways (ways to learn new skills), and multiple career options.

* Look ahead—Identify goals, alliances, support. Create your plan.

Talk with colleagues, friends, and bosses. Identify and collaborate with people interested in helping you. Think about how you, in turn, can help them. Use them as sounding boards to test your ideas, career options, and assumptions.

Here's Lookin' at You

Assess. It's the critical first step in successfully managing your career.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from LOVE IT DON'T LEAVE IT by BEVERLY KAYE SHARON JORDAN-EVANS Copyright © 2003 by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. Excerpted by permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xv
Introduction....................1
ASK: And You May Receive Do they know what you want?....................7
BUCK: Don't Pass It Satisfaction is your job....................14
CAREER: Chart Your Course Who owns yours?....................18
DIGNITY: Give It to Get It It's about R-E-S-P-E-C-T....................26
ENRICH: Energize Your Work What's new?....................31
FAMILY: Seen Yours Lately? Only you can put them first....................38
GOALS: Up Is Not the Only Way Keep your options open....................44
HIRE: Are You on Board? Resell yourself internally....................52
INFORMATION: Plug Yourself In Keep your ear to the ground....................58
JERK: Work with One? Deal with it....................65
KICKS: Are We Having Fun Yet? Make it happen....................72
LINK: Build the Connection Networks matter....................77
MENTOR: Make Your Own Match Learning is everywhere....................85
NUMBERS: Assess Your Worth Are you computing everything?....................92
OPPORTUNITIES: They're Still Knocking Open the door....................99
PASSION: It's Not Just a Fruit Do what you love....................106
QUESTION: Go Outside the Box Are the barriers real?....................112
REWARD: Reap Your Own It's more than money....................117
SPACE: Want Some? Don't fence me in....................124
TRUTH: It Hurts ... Or Does It? Get feedback—others know....................131
UNDERSTAND: Are You Listening Enough? Tune in or lose out....................138
VALUES: What Matters Most? Invest in them....................143
WELLNESS: Time for a Checkup? Take care....................151
X-ERS AND OTHER GENERATIONS: Bridge the Gap Can we talk?....................160
FIELD: Get Out of Your Own Way Give it up....................167
ZENITH: Are We There Yet? Never....................172
IF But If You Must Leave....................177
Index....................183
About the Authors....................189
Working with the Authors....................191
GOING DEEPER: Individual & Organizational Love It Resources....................193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Insightful!

    Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans have written a useful book for employees who are tempted by greener pastures. The authors caution that those who pursue a glittering opportunity often wind up in a golden mess. Thus, it makes sense to at least try to improve your job before seeking another one that, ultimately, may be even worse. The book¿s format offers one item of advice for each letter of the alphabet. At times, the formula wears a bit thin (X for 'X-ers and Other Generations'), but the advice itself is sound. It primarily consists of encouraging you to decide what you want and go get it. We recommend this book to currently employed malcontents (you know who you are!) and to those who need help mustering the nerve to discuss job satisfaction with their employers. Perhaps the best piece of advice is to only approach your supervisors for a favor when you understand their WIIFT: 'What¿s In It For Them.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Administrative Assistants need this book too!!

    My boss received an advanced copy of Dr. Kaye's book, and since he was traveling, I took the book home to read. Let me just say 'WOW'! It was a quick, enlightening and motivating read! I now see how I can take steps toward growing in my present position - and not risk jumping 'from the fire pan into the fire'. Thanks to the authors who helped me rethink my career objectives to grow right where I am!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    The True Meaning of Empowerment!

    A fabulous companion book to Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, Love It Don't Leave It offers step by step, practical advice, ideas, tips and much more. Many employees are feeling the effects of the wild workplace ride of the last few years. Recognizing what can be done to take actions around your own career and understanding the many job satisfaction leverage points you can control or influence can be extremely rewarding and, yes, even empowering! Kaye & Jordan-Evans give the reader all that even step by step guides on getting a mentor, setting goals..the list goes on. A must read for employees who want to recover the energy they gave away and rediscover the passion for their work - and for the managers who want to help them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Take Charge Of Your Own Career

    Love It, Don't Leave It completes a circle. The original book, Love Em' Or Lose Em' focused on the accountability of an organization to their human resources -- their employees. The new book shines the light on employees -- how to get what you want where you are now -- rather than looking for a greener pasture, nicer manager, better fit with a team, riskier or more secure position. Bev and Sharon have said: It's Up To You = organizations AND employees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    Finally, a Guidebook for Employees!

    After years of managing a staff and trying to help them define what they need to stay engaged, here's a tool THEY can use to take responsibility for their own satisfaction. Employees are people ... and people get bored, dissatisfied, and unhappy doing the same thing over and over again. History has allowed employees to take the easy road out when things aren't perfect or when they get bored ... they just hop to another job. It's always been easier to leave, rather than fix! In today's economic climate, employees don't have the same options, it's not so easy. There are things employees can do to stay happy, engaged and continue to grow RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE! This is an easy read, a MUST for all employees everywhere. Walk away with immediate actions you can take to make your current job the one you want to keep! Stop Waiting -- take action! Your job, right now, can be the best job! It's up to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    Great Advice!

    This book was recommended to me by a friend. I am not normally a fan of business books - generally they reek of corporate coercion - but I loved this book. The advice is practical and down-to-earth, the tone is friendly, almost confiding - like a friend is talking to you. I think the subject matter is also extremely timely, as there are fewer and fewer jobs out there, and one may well have to (at least in the current market) try to make the best of where they are at work. This book offers lots of suggestions for pursuing workplace satisfaction that I suspect many workers have not considered. I also like the fact that for once, here's a book about how to make one's worklife more satisfying, and it is not necessarily directed towards managers, who already have a plethora of publications to choose from that are aimed directly at them. It's nice that someone thought of the 'rank and file' for a change!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Dis-engagement Costs Productivity

    All organizations need to keep productivity up at a time when they cannot offer much in the way of monetary rewards. Your last book said it was not about money in the first place and this will prove it. Employees who feel that have more control over their job satisfaction will move toward a better fit. Better fit equals more satisfaction. Satisfaction for employees means higher productivity and more customer satisfaction, as well. More customer satisfaction results in more sales. So, spending a few dollars on this book can result in increased productivity, and an incredible and very measurable return on investment. Extremely practical. A field guide for managing your own satisfaction. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Finally, the TRUTH is found on T-shirts!

    It's about time someone wrote this book. The work environment out there is changing all the time lately, and just when you figure it out it changes again. This book really addresses critical issues facing employees today, and acts as a valuable road map to move in the right direction. But what I realized is that it's actually quite timeless also...the strategies put forward would have been just as helpful when I started working, and will be things to use in the future no matter what happens. I really love how the authors have used 'T-shirt truths' as a way to punch the messages and tactics they deliver. I know a lot of people who could benefit from this wisdom right now, and I can't wait to start spreading the 'love' in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    Tough Love for Employees Pays Off!

    OK, the gigs up! It's time for all of us closet whiners to 'fess up and admit that the quality of our work life depends on us. The good news is that we have two super coaches cum authors, Bev and Sharon, to assist us in our 26 step( A-Z) recovery program. Their down to earth, brass tacks suggestions are easily implemented and lead to a greater sense of empowerment and satisfaction. I used their space suggestions and I am now the happy recipient of a sabbatical! So, stop whining and start reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    An On-Target Tool For Anyone in Today's Workplace!

    I loved the first 3 chapters of Love It and am ready to buy the book! The humor, charm and user-friendly style that made Love'Em so easy to use all come across in the preview. Spending over 20 years as a Human Resources leader in the corporate world and now as a career management consultant, I've heard the appreciation time and again from managers as well as employees when they are provided with immediately useful, practical and results-oriented tools. I've had much more success with managers and employees making positive changes when they have steps to follow and clear direction rather than to try to draw on theory and conceptual situations. Love It sets the stage for managers and HR professionals to move away from the Mr./Ms 'fix-it' label. With employees being given a guide to assume more ownership for fixing what doesn't work for them in the workplace, managers and HR professionals are able to more consistently take the role with employees of sounding board, coach and collaborative strategist. Corporations talk about managers and HR taking this role and about employees taking ownership for their workplace and career satisfaction, but learning to 'walk the talk' can be a slow and often difficult process. Love It can easily serve as a desktop guide and reinforcer for the steps to take to get the corporate culture moving in the right direction. The t-shirts are great too! Lots of food for thought and discussion opportunities could come from their messages. Congratulations, Bev and Sharon, on another beautifully written, on-target workplace tool. I can't wait to start sharing the book with clients and colleagues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Goldmine of Strategies To Stay where you are and Thrive!

    Love It, Don't Leave It is chock full of value with a storehouse of 'easy to implement' hints and tips. These solutions are ready to 'put into practice' and I especially enjoyed that EVERY chapter provided new insights and possibilities. Definitely worth my while to read cover to cover! From the A to Z organization of the book, I've already used strategies from sections on 'Career, Enrich, Passion,Question, Understand, Values, Wellness and Zenith. All the 'T Shirt truths' add an interesting spark. Thanks to the authors for provocative questions and sound solutions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

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