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You -- According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career Paperback – August 23, 2012
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--Michael Dunford, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
“For leaders (current and future) who want to accelerate their careers, Sara's book is the next best thing to having your own career coach.”
President of Baldoni Consulting LLC
Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Author and Speaker
“A thoughtful and insightful exploration of the notion of ‘blind spots’ and how they can impact your contribution in the workplace. In particular, the real-life examples of each blind spot resonate in a clear and compelling way with my 35 years of work experience. Well done, Sara!”
--Douglas R. Conant
Former President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company
New York Times Best-Selling Author of “TouchPoints”
“Every day I see it...otherwise talented people with blind spots that keep them from being their best, and accomplishing all that they could in this life. This book is a timely piece of wisdom.”
Author of “The Power of WHO”
“This book gives a vivid description of the many ways leaders undermine their own reputations and careers. It will help you see yourself ‘warts and all.’ More importantly, in what feels like a very personal coaching session, Sara Canaday then gives you very candid and caring advice for how to succeed. An immensely practical and useful guide.”
Consultant and Co-Author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, “TouchPoints”
“I've seen many careers stalled or derailed by blind spots related to the seemingly subtle behaviors that sabotage leaders' effectiveness. This book helps you ‘self-diagnose’ your blind spots and understand the impact of perceptions on your career success.”
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Ascension Health, HR Strategic Initiatives and System Office
“There are few things more valuable or fragile than your reputation. But too many of us either lack the courage to ask what others really think or aren't willing to consciously develop virtuous habits that will shape how others see us. This book will help you see yourself through the eyes of others, so you can become the person you were meant to be.”
Founder, Acton School of Business
Named by BusinessWeek as one of the top Entrepreneurship Professors in the United States
“You -- According to Them is a must-read for anyone serious about improving the perceived value of their personal brand. It will help readers understand the power of personal reputation and how others' perceptions can impact their ability to compete in the market place. Sara's clear writing style and helpful ‘fast fixes’ make it easy for readers to evaluate their own reputations, take action to elevate them, and accelerate their own journeys towards success.”
--Dr. Rich Handley
President & Founder, EQ University
“Sara Canaday'sYou -- According to Them hits the nail right on the head. Want to have a great company with customers who love you and keep coming back? Start on the inside. Help your leaders fix their blind spots, and they'll build the kind of workplace where customer-facing employees can be their best.”
International Speaker and Corporate Advisor
Author of Business Best Seller, “Customer Loyalty: How To Earn It, How To Keep It”
About the Author
As a compelling speaker, executive coach, and owner of the consulting firm Sara Canaday & Associates, she has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with her audiences to propel them from light-bulb-moment insight to strategic change.
To date, Sara has helped thousands of people to identify the professional blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers - and their companies - to the next level. You -- According to Them allows Sara to share this highly relevant and beneficial message with a broader, more diverse audience.
More About the Author
Sara is President of Sara Canaday & Asociates and a leadership consultant who helps clients chart a course for greater credibility and success. Her expertise goes beyond business school basics, factoring in nonverbal communication, leadership presence, personal branding, and emotional intelligence. As a former executive with a strong background in marketing, customer service, and operations management, Sara's approach comes from a profound understanding of how we form impressions and how we can use perception to our advantage. Sara is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder and President of the Austin Chapter. She has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably The Street.com, the Wall Street Journal, Speaker Magazine, and American Management Association's Leadership Wired.
Top Customer Reviews
What I believe may make the book even more valuable to managers is the guidance for leading project teams and direct reports. If you can see the blind spots that others have, you learn how to manage them more effectively and you have tools to help them improve their work results. You manage others better by understanding how their work styles and personalities affect others and by applying these insights as an executive coach. Sara effectively coaches you as manager to makes sure your staff work productively with others and excel in the value they contribute. Everyone wins!
A wonderful benefit also not mentioned by others are the powerful metaphors that Sara uses to bring her teaching to life.Read more ›
Sara is a brilliant business coach who identifies categories of people by their strengths that can sometimes turn into problems. Best of all, she ends every chapter with an “If this is you?” section and action steps to transform our behavior to get better results from the people around us.
When reading it this book I had a few “ouch!” moments when I identified a little too closely with her examples, but she kindly reassures readers that she has been some of these case studies as well. Somehow that made me feel better.
Thinking about getting a business coach to help you move forward in your career? Save yourself a ton of money and get this book first. I say this as an executive business coach. If all of my clients read this book and took Sara’s recommendations, some of them might not need me.
This was a short read and is set up so that it can be viewed over and over again, even if its only to review those chapters that are specific to your "blind spot". I would recommend it to EVERYONE!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bound to find yourself in here and its got some helpful exercises for changing self defeating behavior - even when you've done it all.Published 14 months ago by Ginny's Store
A very insightful and quick read. Sara is an expert in helping people identify their bind spots- what others know about you that are hidden from your knowledge and perception of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jill D Israel
Excellent helpful book describes true everyday office situations. Even if you identify more with one type than the others there are tips and suggestions worthy of using in all... Read morePublished 18 months ago by kjillg
Excellent reading the thought-provoking. Wish I had known this when I was younger and working for another; when I had my own business as well.Published on January 3, 2014 by Shirley Masaoka
Excellent. This is a very concise book that points out a handful of typical character traits that prevent you and me from getting ahead. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by dog lover
This gave me insight as to why I could get passed up for promotions. I feel more confident now realizing working hard is not enough to get ahead. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Nick
You, According to Them compassionately examines the kinds of foibles that you, the guy in the office next to you, your boss or your assistant might struggle with. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Susan Lahey
I've read a lot of leadership books over the years. What I find particularly compelling about "You According to Them" is how each chapter is supported by real life work examples we... Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by John in Wisconsin