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"A must read for anyone who has ever felt like a square peg in a round hole."
--Ann Johnson, Director, Management Development, Mattel, Inc.

"David's keen insight and penetrating questions enable him to uncover how your innermost feelings (about) being an outsider can reveal unique opportunities for accelerated success."
--Gena Downey, Director, Music Research and Administration, Walt Disney Motion Picture Productions

"From one of California's premier executive coaches comes a revolutionary new concept in gaining and sustaining career success."
--Debbie Glick , professor, California State University

"I am excited to see a work that shows the average job hunter his full value in the workplace."
--Cindra Syverson, VP/chief human resources officer, Providence Health & Services

"Couper shares many of his powerful techniques and tools for Career Development that up until now he has only used with his clients. Outsiders on the Inside will help those career changers and job hunters who feel at a loss to get that dream job."
--David Riklan, founder of SelfGrowth.com

About the Author

David Couper is the author of seven books and an award-winning career trainer and coach in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has helped outsiders become happy and successful insiders at Fortune 100 companies, fast-food joints, and faith-based organizations. Couper has a B.A. in communication, completed a postgraduate diploma in education and graduated with a master in spiritual psychology. Couper is an official guide for Career Change on selfgrowth.com, which gets more than 1 million hits per month. He is also a member of the American Society of Training and Development and Society of Human Resources Professionals. He lives in Los Angeles and can be visited online at www.davidcoupercoach.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (August 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,605,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great idea for a book. Unfortunately the middle section (chapters 5-9) loses its outsider focus and degenerates into a general employment book, replete with platitudes and cliches.

At its heart, the book encourages people to turn themselves inside-out by embracing their individuality and giving others access to their unique gifts. By being true to yourself, the author suggests, you can live up to your fullest potential, provide the greatest value to society, and have fun at the same time. This is a noble sentiment; I only wish the book were more focused on its worthy message.
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How many of us have had the challenge of fitting in at work? I have read a number of career related books about left brain/right brain approaches to things, or books tell us to stay the way we are; "just do what you like and the money will come," or, "find your strengths and work with them," to me lacking any sense of how to make money and to get ahead once the person is convinced to accept his or her uniqueness. Great to do that, but then what? That has always been my question. "Outsiders on the Inside" gives us realistic, genuine solutions that work for those who are different among us.

All of the career management books seem to get people into "boxes" that may actually limit their career growth and chance to make it. "Take me as I am," is a disasterous approach to career management and may even lead to heartache and one dead end after another especially for those who do not fit in. I have seen people embrace their skills that were the softer kind, becoming frustrated at not being able to use them in the current business environment.

Speaking from experience as a trainer with a different approach, David Couper comes up with a step by step approach for the odd man (or woman) out. Using his own stories and those of others, he weaves a tapestry using a more problem, cause, solution methodology. Talking about being different, David starts out his story for us showing how he did not fit in while working in Japan, where, he was much taller, did not speak the language and of course, was not Asian. He tells us about companies that were far more traditional in dress and formality, where David had a different dress code and way to communicate with his coworkers.
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Recently, the book, Outsiders On the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career...Even When you Don't Fit in! Was sent to me, from the office of Life Coach David Couper, for review.

The premise of this work is simple: If you don't fit in at your job, you might fit in better at a different company, or working for yourself. In fact, you might be great somewhere else, doing something else.
In this 200-page paperback, Life Coach and Author David Couper provides encouragement to the employee who just doesn't fit in. He also provides simple pointers on personal marketing.

I like books that keep it simple. Dr. David Burns book "Feeling Good" is simple--and it's a profoundly useful text that I often recommend to my clients. Unfortunately, `Outsiders' lacks the same utility as some other titles in the genre, and comes across a bit stale (other books that offer advice on career and personal branding include the 4-Hour Workweek, Crush It!, and What Would Google Do. While simple, these works are cutting edge).

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In `Outsiders', the Author spends a large amount of the work encouraging the reader that changing careers, while challenging, can also be personally (and financially) rewarding. Good Advice. However, this one idea is a major focus of the text--so much so that if someone is in Barnes & Noble, thinking to him/herself "I don't fit in at my job. I should consider trying something else." That person is already (mostly) past where this book will get them.

While go-getters may find the book ineffective, `Outsiders' is the book that should be gifted to the "misfit toy" of your office. You know the one: He's grossly underpaid. He has an unkempt beard.
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Do you look different than your colleagues? Think differently? Act differently? You're probably an outsider. Possibly you suffer for it. Maybe your co-workers disrespect you. It's tough to have a good day at work. Perhaps you can't change whatever makes you different - your skin color, your accent, your body type. And why should you? getAbstract recommends professional outsider David Couper's book, which explains to all self-professed outsiders how to accept their own uniqueness. Couper says glory in who you are, and turn your otherness into an advantage. He teaches outsiders how to be satisfied at work, present themselves in new ways, get the jobs they want and move inside.
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"Outsiders on the Inside" is a rather unique book on careers by an internationalist, David Couper.

Based on his first-hand experiences and those of others, the author has a central theme running through this book: 'Do not be afraid to be yourself'.

You can be a 'maverick' and an 'outside-the-box-thinker'. In spite of feeling as a outsider, you can celebrate your differences and simultaneously make valuable contributions to a company or society, and be recognized for it.

Don Sutaria, MS, IE (Prof.)
Founder, President & Life-Work Coach
CareerQuest
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