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From the Back Cover

Sigmund Freud meets Peter Drucker … Behind the Executive Door is a revealing look at the behavior of top business leaders – and how the next level of aspiring managers can learn to navigate the political and personal landscape.  Through a variety of reflective and action-oriented exercises, she guides readers to recognize the characteristics of Remarkable, Perilous, and Toxic leaders, and leverage this information to increase their savvy and effectiveness in the workplace.

  

Praise for Behind the Executive Door

Behind the Executive Door offers exceptional insight into the leadership challenges we face in a global economy where collaboration is key to business success, people are networked 24/7 and empathy and understanding are central to the effective management of teams.  Karol Wasylyshyn presents three leadership types in a way that absolutely rings true in the current business environment.  Grounded in solid research, she describes and assesses them professionally, avoids glib and superficial jargon, and illustrates them with riveting real-life examples.  She offers practical, systematic techniques for evaluating the leadership type of your boss and for managing that crucial relationship.”

Ellen Kullman, Chair & CEO, DuPont

 

“Once again Karol provokes our thinking with her wise counsel.  She offers a creative and intriguing framework to help us understand the underbelly of leadership behavior and provides meaningful ideas for change. This book will be on your desk for many years providing opportunity for reflection and as a guidebook as you face into your role as leader.”  

Monica McGrath, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor,

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 

“An inspiring book to understand your leadership behaviors and the personality traits of your boss. Karol has guided me all along my career and this book will provide that same guidance to leaders for years to come.”

Pierre Brondeau, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, FMC Corporation

 

"Karol's insight into what behaviors and skills enable leaders to unravel their potential and achieve positive results, along with her 25 years of experience, have been instrumental to me and most of my leadership team’s development. I believe  Behind the Executive Door  to be a must read for all current and aspiring modern leaders."

Moncef Slaoui, Chairman, Research & Development, GlaxoSmithKline

About the Author

Karol M. Wasylyshyn's business career has evolved through the disciplines of journalism, psychology and management consulting. These merged disciplines provide the theoretical and experiential foundation of her consulting firm, Leadership Development Forum. This firm specializes in customized leadership development services for senior executives and high potential employees. As a teacher, coach and strategist, Dr. Wasylyshyn has distinguished her work on three fronts: (1) executive coaching particularly CEOs, CEO successor candidates and other corporate executives, (2) the design and implementation of succession processes and high potential development programs, and (3) advancing the application of emotional intelligence in business. Dr. Wasylyshyn, a licensed psychologist, began her career as a journalist in the publishing industry. She combines this business experience with her clinical training to create practical applications of psychology in business. Typically, her work involves long-term collaborations with senior executives and human resources professionals on issues of leadership effectiveness. A frequent speaker on the subject of executive development, Dr. Wasylyshyn has coached hundreds of executives representing every global sector. She was honored by Hahnemann University as? Alumna of the Year? for her application of psychology in business, and received similar recognition from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 2002. Dr. Wasylyshyn's clients include or have included Bristol Myers Squibb, Campbell Soup, Colgate Palmolive, Dupont, FMC, GE Aerospace, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkels & McCoy, Johnson and Higgins (now MARSH), Johnson & Johnson, Norfolk Southern Corporation, PECO, Pfizer Int'l, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Revlon, Rohm and Haas Company, Sunbeam, U.S. Steel, and The Vanguard Group. Her board activities have included The Painted Bride Arts Center
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461403758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461403753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joseph F. Murray on January 14, 2012
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A great read for anybody in- or subject to management. Karol's pages will introduce you to friends you have worked with and for over the years and suggest a number of ways to make the relationships effective and, indeed, flower over time. I read it pretty much in 0ne sitting and found it enlightening.
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This book is an easy read. This book is an impossible read. For, as is stated early on, Peter Drucker ambling and talking with Sigmund makes for some dense and highly valuable interaction. What in heavens name is an advisor to do with these intense sorts of persons? They really want help and collaboration. They certainly do not want anyone telling them what to do.
Karol brings an intense lightness, a poetic depth and experience, experience, experience. She can stay with the most difficult and fly with the best, all the while sharing her insights regarding intricate situations with complicated, driven and productive human beings.
Lessons lurk everywhere. After a breezy reading and another more attentive one, I realized, in my own work, I hear a little differently, think a bit clearer and appreciate that another worker in this field has been attentive enough and interested enough to share her, hard earned, insights. Karol has a soft, yet vigorous, style. She cuts through the flotsam and jetsam, and does so effectively. I reread a paragraph and muse and wonder, what ever happened? Her ability to engage, yet keep a solid sense of self and communicate that to the reader, me, is stunning.
I am very appreciative of her work.
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After 25 plus years in the field of leadership development and executive coaching, I sometimes feel that I have heard it all before. Not so with this new book from Karol Wasylyshyn. I was struck by the depth, sophistication and novelty of her thinking. I learned more about executives' behavior viewing them through her lens. The tips she offers to people for how to deal with each of the three types of executive bosses was very useful. I have not seen ideas for managing your boss brought forward with so much richness before. The subtitle says "unexpected lessons for managing your boss and career." In this case the author delivers on the promise of "unexpected" quite well. Of course, also unexpected was the poetry capturing nuances of each of the executives. It was a delightful coda to the book.
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Behind the Executive Door is scholarly, insightful and readable at many levels. Aspiring leaders can look at their bosses through Karol's focused lens and then look in the mirror for self-assessments. Karol has raised the bar for executive coaches, especially the ones who think coaching is just "therapy at the workplace". She has articulated her model beautifully!
This work is a testament to Karol's legacy work commitment and her desire to give back. The book will stand as a significant contribution in the field of executive coaching.
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