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Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work Hardcover – January 5, 2011
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A recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, Russell brings 35 years of consulting and operating expertise to the implementation of strategy and improving organization performance. He is an internationally regarded speaker, educator and consultant whose clients include Fortune 500 executives in aerospace, health care, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and oil and gas. He has extensive international experience working in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Having started five different organizations in his career, Russell is well versed in the growth and expansion challenges faced by founding entrepreneurs and CEO's. In 1978, he created Insight Seminars, one of the largest and most successful personal transformation programs in the world, with well over one million graduates in 34 countries.
In addition to running his consulting practice, Russell has served as Editorial Director for the Huffington Post, bringing fresh voices and new perspectives to the Business and Living sections. In addition to "Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work," he is the author of numerous articles on the power of choice and awareness in improving life situations.
He has lectured on productivity for the executive MBA programs at UCLA, University of Texas and Washington University in St. Louis. Russell previously served on the Board of Directors for the University of Santa Monica and was a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Points of Light Foundation.
He received a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the Davis Campus of the University of California and currently resides in Santa Barbara, California Russell is an avid golfer and amateur chef.
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Bishop's book gives excellent guidance. And for me it all started on page 17... we can't control others, but we can control how we respond and influence others. Lesson 1 - it's you who needs to change (not in a negative way - but in the way you behave) to make the work around.
Chapter 4 gives a strong overview of "framing" - the problem is often how the problem is framed. I found a few new techniques here for framing strategies. This is a pretty impressive section of the book.
All sections (page 167 is a perfect examples) have a "checklist" of questions to use in different workaround strategies.
Email etiquette was really a good read too. I think it is my natural tendency to think of workarounds as a face to face communication, the email section keeps the balance of all communication that is necessary.
While a few parts of the book were not new to me (but a good refresher), I discovered some new stuff. And the overall format was a helpful guide. I plan to use as a reference tool (hence I call it a field guide) going forward.
I recommend the book!
There are many practical gems for business people here, but more you read, the more you realize that "Workarounds That Work" is a personal development guide hidden as a business handbook. Spirituality circulates through the book's business meat and management gristle like blood through bone. It's a treat of a read for a much wider swath of readers than its category feel would suggest. Here's hoping that in his next book, this practical sage will be brave enough to cross the line he only touches with his toe in this one and give us his thoughts on the repurposing of business so that profits are not the Holy Grail, but rather merely a tool for the development of employees and community.
I often say that the last of the five greatest generators of waste in our modern working world - the interpretation that we are doomed to a kind of indentured servitude called `work' - is the nastiest and most destructive of the sources of waste in our working lives. `Thank God it's Friday' - the announcement that we toil away five days of every week just waiting for a brief respite of freedom and meaning each weekend - is our declaration that we consider 5/7ths of our lives wasted. A tragedy.
Russell's book is an antidote to work as toil, and full of good things.
However, the more I delved into the read I became increasingly frustrated with its naive stance in certain areas. While it is always best to first assume that people operate with the best intentions, it is clear that there are individuals at nearly all workplaces that serve as a bottleneck for political gain at the expense of the organization. While these types of individuals are mentioned in the work, more focus on working around their motivations would have been useful, especially in light of their prevalence in the workplace. Techniques on diffusing these types of power-seeking individuals and a bit less naivete on the motivations of others would have made this a more complete and realistic work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author defines workaround as follows: "For our purposes, we will define it (workaround) as a method for accomplishing a task or goal when the normal process or method isn't... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by O. Halabieh
What is a workaround, you say? It's a temporary fix that gets you moving again when things get stuck or broken. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Stevie
We all want to do meaningful work, push our teams forward, initiate new projects, but we get stopped. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Al Pitampalli
I can't say how good it is because it is about working in an office and i don't.Published on September 9, 2011 by Labordiger
As someone who tries hard to diagnose and treat workarounds that prompt, "I need a new FTE to ...," I was intrigued by Russell Bishop's book Workarounds That Work. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by K. Cohn
Anyone that has been in the working world for more than a few months has undoubtedly come upon roadblocks that have prevented things from getting done. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Nick McCormick
This book is very useful and practical. I think the best thing about this book is that at the end of every chapter is an organized set of questions to ask yourself to deal with... Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Book Fanatic
With all the books that have been written on teambuilding, making organizations more effective and efficient I think most of us in leadership roles keep hoping that one will... Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Dave Opton