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Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007175203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071752039
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Russell Bishop is an internationally regarded speaker, educator, coach and consultant. His corporate clients include Fortune 500 executives in aerospace, healthcare, information technology, and telecommunications. He is also an editor and frequent columnist for the Living section of The Huffington Post. A recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, Russell has coached thousands of individuals around the world, helping them to create balance and success in their personal and professional lives. Today, Russell is the founder and President of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company whose seminars, coaching, and consulting offer individuals and organizations a new approach to integrating values into their personal and professional lives. He has lectured on productivity for the executive MBA programs at UCLA, University of Texas and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Russell is the managing partner of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company helping executives and managers increase alignment and improve execution across the organization.

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 also serves as Senior Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post, bringing fresh voices and new perspectives to the Business and Living sections. Along with his recent book, "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 and Mauna Lani, Hawaii with his wife, Valerie. Russell is an avid golfer and amateur chef.

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Russell Bishop
Russell(at)RussellBishop(dot)com
www.RussellBishop.com

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This book is very useful and practical.
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"Workarounds That Work" helps us understand how to make things happen in real life business, in ways that can actually be effective.
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In Workarounds That Work, Russell Bishop has created the no-nonsense roadmap for individuals and organizations.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mike Michalowicz on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book should be called a field guide, more than a book. I have had multiple times that my project involved groups. 4 or 5 people responsible for working together to get something done, and sure enough one person is late (and often finger points). One person late, makes everyone late.

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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chauncey Bell on January 13, 2011
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In Workarounds that Work, Russell Bishop models - in his way of speaking, in the way he reveals himself, in the examples he brings, and in his recommendations - a way of being that revels in the challenge and joy of work, and does not flinch nor whine about the myriad roadblocks that inevitably confront anyone trying to do anything serious in life. He is a joyful warrior in the middle of the mess of modern working life. Russell shows clearly the power of humility, gratitude, an indomitable spirit, a commitment to find alternatives and not remain stuck in ruts, and the soft underbellies of the enemies we face in everyday working life.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Rosenfeld on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Many books in this category work their magic from the outside in. That is to say they examine the circumstances, obstacles and issues and propose external solutions. Other books in the genre turn this around and go from the inside out, looking at the prejudices, presuppositions, habits and addictions we harbor on the inside, and how they manifest in our external life. "Workarounds That Work" is a rare find in that it examines its topic from both directions. Thus, in addition to advice on how to organize your in boxes, we see lines like "What could you do that would make a difference in your job that requires no one's approval, cooperation, support, or agreement other than your own?", concepts like "time management problems are really self management problems", and chapter heads like "Multitasking Our Way to Oblivion", wherein Bishop proposes substituting the setting of multiple goals to the juggling of multiple tasks.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By greene1004 on March 26, 2011
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I'm an avid reader of productivity books, a convert to GTD, and in favor of rightsizing my job, getting to yes, making things work.
I bought this book based on David Allen's endorsement.
I read it last night.
Here's the core message: be upbeat, be positive, act like a manager even if you are not, and though the only employee you manage is you. Make lots of lists of questions. Sit down and talk to everybody.
Fine. I agree.
But what is missing from this long list of workarounds is:
how to workaround fellow employees that undermine you? Bosses that fear success by subordinates? Working in a place where everyone knows what needs to be done but has agreed the best course is not to do it (municipal bureaucracies, for instance)? Where under-performing workers have job protection and can't be fired? Where even if you work better and more gets done you won't be rewarded and someone just above you will?

In short, the organizationally obvious, easy to do, "low-hanging fruit" is all here to be plucked, while the hard questions (above) that everyone I know desperately needs workarounds for, are nowhere addressed.

However, if you are a manager or a unit leader with some power to hire, fire, transfer, and reassign, but have forgotten that it helps to talk to people,, if you have problems making decisions, don't understand what a meeting is for or how to prepare for it, can't prioritize an e-mail inbox (how did this person get in charge, by the way?),and a variety of similar concerns then this book has a lot to teach you.

And author's candid admission: nothing in this book will work for long and a lot of it won't work at all. Nuff' said.
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