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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479359327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479359325
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael J Kuhar, Ph.D., is a highly recognized Professor at Emory University. His previous training is very broad, extending from brain chemistry to counseling. He teaches and does research at The Yerkes Primate Research Center, and is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Ethics at Emory. He has spent many years teaching ethical concepts to students at various levels, and has published on ethical topics as well. He has had a long and prize winning career of more than 40 years investigating the science of the brain, its functions and our behavior. He has successfully supervised and worked with various groups of colleagues in government, universities, and business. He lives in Atlanta, GA, and as a father of two and a grandfather of two, he hopes this book will improve their – and our - world.

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A lot of the book is just plain, good common sense.
Donna McBroom-Theriot
This book offers critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to implement before a trivial issue creates conflict.
Amy Block Joy
Highly recommended reading for anyone living outside of a monastery.
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Format: Paperback
One would think that among all the self help books that flood the Internet and brick and mortar stores that somewhere along the line an advisor would pause and remind us that not only can we work to make ourselves a more whole, kind, worthy human being, but also that we need to realize the importance of extending those same qualities into our relationships with our colleagues and, actually, everyone with whom we come into contact. Thankfully that is what Dr. Kumar has presented in this book, an immensely readable and easy to follow thought pattern of how we can better relate to our colleagues.

Michael J Kuhar, Ph.D. has impressive credentials: he is a Professor at Emory University with training that extends from brain chemistry to counseling. A Senior Fellow in the Center for Ethics at Emory, he has taught ethical concepts to students at various levels and has over 40 years investigating the science of the brain, its functions and our behavior.

In many ways Dr. Kumar’s words stem from the ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ form of ethics. Of course he goes far beyond that, but his purpose seems to be one more of asking us to simply treat our colleagues ethically, with an open mind and ear, to be supportive, fair, and caring in both good times an bad times. He supplies exercises to demonstrate and teach ethical colleague behavior. It is this gentle, genteel approach that makes the book so appealing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emory Daniels VINE VOICE on December 4, 2013
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I was fascinated when reading “The Art and Ethics of Being a Good Colleague” by Michael J. Kuhar because it was such a complete, concise and easy to understand guide on how to get along with colleagues in the workplace.

The author provides clear explanations of how to treat co-workers with kindness and fairness. He presents the theory and then illustrates the major points with case studies from real life to reinforce the points he presents. The result is not only a happier workplace but a higher quality of life for employees working in a setting where collegial ethics are practiced.

The author points out that “Collegial ethics primarily has the colleague’s best interest in mind. Collegial ethics is primarily for the other person’s sake, although we all have much to gain from a more collegial world. Colleagues may resent your actions if they think you are out to advance your own agenda.”

The book is so unique in its call for justice and fairness when dealing with colleagues that it has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama. And that’s pretty impressive to me. I think it says a lot about the quality of writing and the need for fairness in the workplace.

The author, Michael J. Kuhar, is has done major research in the field of substance abuse, has written more than 900 publications, and has presented more than 300 seminars. He earned his PhD from John Hopkins University and is a professor at Emory University School of Medicine.

This is a book that should be ready by any employee, and any supervisor, regardless of how dysfunctional or healthy their workplace might be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2014
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Like it or not, politics is an essential and inevitable component of any workgroup. It is fundamental human nature for people to interact with each other in ways that we call "political." This interaction can be productive or destructive, depending on how the principals perform. Doing it right is an art that Kuhar describes in this book.
Kuhar points out that a large part of interacting properly with colleagues is to avoid adopting too negative a tone when dealing with others. Being negative is sometimes essential; the key is to not degenerate too far down that dark path. Choosing your words carefully, including those in e-mails and text messages, is always a wise choice. Nearly all readers will recognize some of their mistakes in how not to do it right, we all have to understand that we will do wrong on occasion and it is up to you to rectify it. Accepting blame for what you do wrong is often the quickest way to personal and organizational success.
It some ways the advice sounds like what a kindergarten teacher would say to children that are being unruly to each other. I can still remember my elementary school teachers telling people, "How would you feel if someone said that to you?" That doesn't make it wrong or childish, after all we learn some deep life lessons in kindergarten.
For a percentage of people that is measured by an unknown sequence of nines, their success is measured by how well they interact professionally with their co-workers. This has very little to do with liking them or seeing them socially, this is about jointly doing the work that needs to be done. After reading this book you may not like your co-workers any better, but your work environment can dramatically increase in efficiency.
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