Working with You Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work

Working with You Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work

by Katherine Crowley, Kathi Elster
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Working with You Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work by Katherine Crowley, Kathi Elster

"For anyone trapped in an energy-zapping relationship with a co-worker, boss, or subordinate, Crowley and Elster offer an exit strategy - a highly practical and easily implemented guide to making the situation workable." - Publishers Weekly

If you find yourself frustrated with a colleague whose incompetence is driving you crazy, a boss who gets angry when you're not a mind reader, or an employee who challenges your authority, chances are you're caught in an emotional trap at your job. The solution is simple: Take control of your own response.

In this pragmatic, insightful guide, psychotherapist Katherine Crowley and business consultant Kathi Elster teach you how to eliminate your workplace woes step by easy step. Through quizzes, case examples, and field-tested strategies, you'll learn how to handle any bad work relationship. With your newfound emotional skills, you'll be able to:

  • Manage an ill-tempered boss before he or she explodes
  • Detach from coworkers whose irritating habits ruin the day
  • Defend yourself from idea-pilfering rivals
  • Get out of the grip of toxic relationships
  • Protect your work territory from "boundary busters"
  • Break out of the limiting roles that box you in
  • Parent your difficult employees to get the results you want
  • ...and much, much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759515062
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 354,194
File size: 511 KB

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Working with You Is Killing Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a lot to like about 'Working With You Is Killing Me.' The authors use their years of business experience to cleverly categorize a number of boss types, work methods, co-worker habits, attitude issues, leadership styles et als. that are harmful to your working experience - and offer the means to overcome ('unhook from') them, often beginning with a massage, or a run, or walking the dog, or getting a facial to purge bad karma and rethink potential options. Putting a form of scientific method to resolving work related problems - including the reader's assessment of their own role in the problem - is a big part of the text. It provides an organized and controllable process to attempt issue resolution. For me, the best part of the book, however, was the subject of 'Managing Up,' in which the authors urge their readers to take more control over their disappointing managers by using that same scientific method to manage them to preferred solutions. Good advice. And, there are a number of self-help exercises to assess your fit with Corporate Culture, or to determine if you are hooked (emotionally distressed) by a 'Fatal Attraction'-type manager etc. Again - good stuff and helpful to think about for many people, particularly the less experience workforce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got the CD, saw there were three discs and thought, 'Good Greif, this is going to take forever!' However it took me less than a week to listen too, even though I take short drives '10 - 20 minutes'. At first I thought that the CD wasn't for me and that it was for people who need to recognize what is wrong in themselves in order to fix what they didn't like about others and. Of course, I thought there was nothing wrong with ME. As I kept listening, I realized that there ARE things I can fix about myself that will help my work relationships. Beware - the end of the book talks about an interactive CD Rom that comes with it, however it was not included with the CD version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most useful books I have ever read!! The descriptions of the toxic personalities and the strategies to 'unhook' from them are the most valuable tools. This book should be a 'must read' for any person, manager or employee- who works at any level in any setting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book caught my eye from the minute I walked into the store. Helped put a lot of the stuff at work in perspective, and provided some valuable tools to handle unpleasant situations, and people. Dale Carnegie has nothing on this book. Thanks to the authors. I've put things to use already! And I feel a whole lot better about the things going on around me. Its not my fault, they act the way they do--I might trigger it, but its their choice. So I have a choice on how to deal with it! Thanks for this great resource and tool. I've been recommending it to coworkers!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a 'must read' for everyone. I keep it at my desk as a reference guide. I am buying the book as gifts for everyone I work with. Thank you