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- Publisher: Nightingale-Conant Corporation (2000)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FCEXWE
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back Audio CD – Unabridged, 2000
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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
I was surprised to discover that I even bought this (in 2011 apparently). That's probably a good indicator of its long-term impact, at least for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flitworth
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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unusually insightful, heady, yet practical text geared for those serious about effecting change and betterment.Published 11 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 11 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 14 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 18 months ago by Igor Gershman