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The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back: Overcoming the Behavior Patterns That Keep You From Getting Ahead Paperback – October 16, 2001
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Advance Acclaim for Maximum Success
"An intelligent and insightful guide to that essential task: managing your own career."
-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"In a world full of self-help books, it is high time someone addressed the issue of identifying and correcting the 'fatal flaws' that derail many executives in the midst of apparently promising careers. Maximum Success takes you step by step through a process to identify and correct the key negative behavior patterns that can throw you or your high-potential employees off track. Invaluable!"
-Stephen R. Mercer, Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development, Boeing
"Dead-on accurate in its diagnoses and enormously helpful in its recommendations. A must-have for every manager and every employee."
-Eileen Grabowski, Vice President, Firmwide Recruiting, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
"Every day I have the privilege of reading about the accomplishments of some of the world's great young leaders. No matter what you aspire to do, this book should help you stay on track and reach your potential. A must read."
-Kirsten Moss, Managing Director, MBA Admissions, Harvard Business School
"Maximum Success is maximally useful. Based upon the authors' many years of experience, this book tells us about the most common mistakes people make and shows how they can correct them. Written in a strong, straightforward style, this book can save careers, save businesses, save individuals from the tragedy of wasting great talent because of a fatal flaw. It shows what to do-before it is too late."
-Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The authors are both business psychologists, executive coaches for those with career problems, and directors of MBA career development at Harvard Business School. The book is well illustrated with examples of their concepts, drawn from actual cases they have worked on. I suspect you will recognize people you have met, as well as yourself, in these cases.
As the authors are well aware, a major flaw can sink someone who is otherwise a top performer. Improving an area where the person is strong will do less good than getting the substandard area up to normal or better.
Based on their years of experience they note, 'The ways people fail in their careers, however, are quite limited. People fail in the same ways, for the same reasons, over and over again, from one industry to another, from the lowest level to the highest . . . Moreover . . . many . . . people are amazingly unaware of the patterns of behavior they exhibit that are resulting in failure.' Talk about unconscious incompetence!
Part I of the book identifies 12 behaviors that can hold you back.
1. Never Feeling Good Enough (acrophobia or fear of career progress)
2. Seeing the World in Black and White (meritocrat or not seeing the relevance of loyalty, self-interest, or personality)
3. Doing Too Much, Pushing Too Hard (a hero, with an Achilles heel from overdoing it)
4. Avoiding Conflict at Any Cost (peacekeeper, who avoids even healthy conflict such as that required to overcome misconceptions)
5. Running Roughshod over the Opposition (bulldozer, a male role similar to an offensive lineman in football)
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To depict the 12 hebavior patterns, the authors cleverly use different simple scenarios and business cases to address the orgins of the problem & pattern. They explain why the behavior patterns may limit your career advancement and how should break the behaviour patterns. I personally found that some patterns breaking approach could be helpful but some don't and lack of practical details. The authors seem to suggest most of the cases that the root of these behaviour patterns are arised out of childhood development. Well, I am not sure this is completely correct but you can certainly find more explanation in Part II of the book.
The 12 bad habits that hold good people back are listed below:
1. Never feeling good enough
2. Seeing the world in black & white
3. Doing too much, pushing too hard
4. Avoiding conflict at any cost
5. Running roughshod over the opposition
6. Rebel looking for a cause
7. Always swinging for the fence
8. When the fear is in the driver's seat
9. Emotionally tone-deaf
10. When no job is good enough
11. Lacking a sense of boundaries
12. Losing the path
To make readers easy to understand and remember these 12 behavior patterns, the authors also name these bad habits as the following easy terms:
Feeling in their heart of hearts that they don't deserve to be where they have been placed.
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I picked this up after searching online for a career transition book. The authors, two guys from Harvard, have written a really fantastic guide to managing your career. If you know anyone who has had negative performance review, has problems being a "team player" or if you are a manager that has an employee that everyone in the office perceives as "difficult", do yourself a favor and pick-up a copy of this book.
These guys have practical exercises and explanations for some of the bad behaviors we have at work---procrastinating, falling behind, constant feelings of stress or anxiety. Far from the "touchy feely" approach of many of the self-help schmaltz out there, these guys are from the business world and offer real steps and real solutions to modify the negative behaviors. (eg. you may be a natural worrier and never be worry-free, but you can cultivate new ways to process the worry so that it doesn't interfere with your "getting the job done.")
In my opinion, a must read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very insightful and extremely useful in identifying critical stumbling blocks in one's career. I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to improve one's current professional... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Unusually insightful, heady, yet practical text geared for those serious about effecting change and betterment.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the book and the clear manner in which it laid out the 12 habits that can hinder one's career.Published 8 months ago by teacher
I just read this book and I didn't learn much. Tons of personal stories very biased and not always informative. I wouldn't bother to buy/read it.Published 12 months ago by Alberto Begue
This book offers practical advice for self-reflection of one's career and helpful tips for mentoring people who may be suffering from the career limiting habits.Published 16 months ago by Igor Gershman
This is the first 'self-improvement' book I bought, and while it makes some points you can relate to, there are other books out there that are a million times better. Read morePublished 23 months ago by palominogirl4ever