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Warriors, Workers, Whiners, and Weasels:: The 4 Personality Types in Business-And How to Manage Them to Your Advantage Hardcover – May 6, 2006

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In the world of business and life, there are only four kinds of people in any organization: 1) Warriors, who confront change, see possibilities, innovate and manage to win! 2) Workers, who deal with the ups, downs and challenges of everyday corporate life dependably, and who can reliably implement the change and direction established by the Warriors. 3) Whiners, who get through life by complaining about everything they do, who profess negativism and dissatisfaction wherever they go, and blaming others for their own shortcomings. 4) Weasels, who lurk everywhere and threaten your career and life-goals through their own deception and insecurity and who spread these feelings quickly throughout the organization.

Warriors, Workers, Whiners & Weasels illuminates these four personality types and shows you how to recognize the characteristics of each and use them to your advantage to empower the Warriors and Workers to boost your organization to success.

About the Author

Widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers in developing corporate direct response television, Tim has created and produced some of the largest direct response television campaigns in history for Sears, AT&T, Reebok, , Apple, NordicTrack,Weight Watchers, Sony, and many others. His Campaigns for SLM and Philips Magnavox were awarded the only gold and silver Clios ever given for infomercials.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tim O'Leary; 1 edition (May 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975263862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975263860
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Timothy O'Leary's award-winning stories and essays have been published in a myriad of magazines and anthologies. In 2015 he received the Aestas Short Story Award, and was a finalist for the Mississippi Review Prize for Fiction, The Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing, the Washington Square Fiction Award, and The Subito Book Prize. His non-fiction book, Warrior, Workers, Whiners & Weasels was published in 2006.

Before embarking on a full-time writing career, he enjoyed a long and successful career as a creative force in the television and advertising industries, winning dozens of national and international awards for creativity, while writing for Fortune, Forbes, and many other magazines. He is the co-founder of The R2C Group, one of the largest independent ad agencies in the country.

Raised in Billings, MT, he graduated from the University of Montana, received his MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, and he divides his time between Santa Ynez, CA, and the Columbia Gorge outside of Portland, OR.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for every entrepreneur, business manager and marketer wishing to identify him or herself and capitalize on their strengths and protect themselves against the evil lurking around the office.

O'Leary's book is fun, relevant and simple to understand which is not common in most business titles. The title, Warriors Workers Whiners and Weasels says it all; these are the 4 primary personality types branded by Tim O'Leary whose entrepreneurial life is packed full of success and even a few failures which support his theories and arguments. O'Leary doesn't just narrowly talk about business; instead, he writes about the people of business and how to decipher the good from the bad, especially when the good aren't really good. Because businesses are typically run by "warriors" this does not exactly mean the leader is a true warrior. O'Leary explains that many weasels actually posses warrior tendencies and are identified by their alternative motives packed full of selfishness, destruction and deception.

Knowing and living by the information covered in this book will enable readers to live positive and productive lives, while simultaneously limiting any negative impact on the social environment.
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By Deanna on November 21, 2007
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I bought this book thinking it would help me manage the different personalities in my workplace. Instead it thought me to look within myself at my different characteristics and how they affect my own success. It reminded me that I have to control what I can control and let everything else go.
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I enjoyed reading this book as an exercise in personal reflection on my own strengths and weaknesses and how they manifest themselves in my business and personal relationships. Tim relates many stories throughout the book that help to illustrate the different traits he discusses. I also liked that key points were repeated through the book for reinforcement.

A good read if you want to analyze what may be holding you back from what you want at work!
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Easy to understand explanation of the distinct personalities involved with differenct types of people in the work place. I was dealing with a whiner/weasel at work and after I read this, I addressed this person and now they are hiding from me. They do not like to be confronted and that is what I have done. Great read and would recommend it to new supervisors.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty darn good read. Not the next "Good to Great" but I don't think it's intended to be quite that. It's one of the funnier business books out there. Get it if you are looking for an easy, fun and insightful business read. O'Leary is also a pretty inspiring character.

Definitely makes for a good birthday present for that weasel in the cube next to you.
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O'Leary hit the nail on the head with this book. After reading it I have a much greater understanding of the different types of people. It is much easier for me to identify my "whiner" characteristics when they arise and combat them right away. This book has also helped me to understand my business associates and why they approach things the way they do.

The ideas and examples in this book will give anybody more confidence in exploiting their own strengths as well as those around them.
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I just graduated from O'Leary's Alma Mater (The University of Montana) and received a rough copy of Warriors, Workers, Whiners and Weasels from one of my professors. My original post-college plan was to do the typical travel the world and find myself thing but this book has changed all that. The Wisdom O'Leary share's has given me the determination to break the mold of my "whiney" generation and work to establish myself as a warrior.

I should try to work for O'Leary.
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In Warriors, Workers, Whiners and Weasels, O'Leary simply explains the 4 different personality types making up society. Of course everyone automatically assumes they are warriors or even workers; however, you may be shocked by the sad reality of actually being a whiner or weasel. If this is the case you have already conquered the first step to solving your problem by recognizing it and Tim O'Leary's book is the ultimate resource to take you the rest of that way.

If in fact you do happen to be a warrior or worker, the lessons covered in this book enable you to identify and expand on your positive attributes while simultaneously eliminating the negative forces limiting your capabilities and threatening your potential.

In addition, O'Leary's words will help you to recognize and capitalize on the resources around you and identify the warning signs of those who can infest your career with dysfunction and failure.

No matter what field you work in you can find value in this book. I have read so many business books during my career and right now this sits on the top of my recommendation list.
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