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Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career...Even When You Don't Fit In! Paperback – July 1, 2010
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--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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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).
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outsiders might look and sound different but they are usually the visionaries, the passionate, the enthusiast, the most creative and they scare the living daylights out of ordinary... Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Beverly Solomon
Most job-seeker / career-changer books I've read seem to focus on a series of fairly standard steps on how to construct resumes, troll networks for job information, and ultimately... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Paul Niesen
If you buy only one book on finding career and workplace success, this is the book. It's down-to-earth, simple style makes for an easy read while still packed with real wisdom the... Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Jay
Ever since I was young, I hung out with the 'misfits' or 'stragglers' as my mother used to call them (guess she didn't realize I was one of them)... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Stuart Rosen
This book is a practical must read for anyone looking for a job in these challenged economic times.
What you think you might know about searching, you might not know at... Read more
In my capacity as an interior designer for residential and commercial clients I have to "fit -In " with a variety of different clients who come from a wide range of backgrounds. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by Jana Design Interiors
The book had a good slant on how to turn a perceived disadvantage into an advantage. Differences are needed and good yet many corporations and groups like and reinforce... Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by DHrivnak