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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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"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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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.
What I really like about "Outsiders" is that it's not just some counseling book full of theories. David has lived this, and his personal stories makes this far more 'real' than a psychological text book. It's a practical guide for anyone who wants to be proud of themselves for their uniqueness, instead of ashamed.
What you think you might know about searching, you might not know at all, and might be wasting your time and energy.
As someone who has always walked to a different drummer it is hard to understand a company "culture" from the outside, even if you are already inside! This book is a validation to all of us who are not linear, but must operate in that world.
An easy fast read, with key advice for the job seeker. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and have.
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. Eventually, he shows us ways where those differences became more than useful to him and aided him in using his differences for the company. David goes on to peel back more and more of the problems one may face when an outsider and the solutions for each.
Differences can be a lot of things. Many of the differences create barriers of communication and acceptance. Differences can be racial, language barriers, personality and dress. David shows how to work to overcome those and other differences. He gives us poinant stories on how others have used those differences to excel instead of failing. He shows us how to discover more of ourselves, to accept how we are different and how to market ourselves and to build a team or network to get us to where we need to be. Are we wanting to be self employed? David shares nuggets of information that will help you get there. Do we want to work on the inside as an outsider? David gives us a variety of ways that others have done just that.
The book also solves some of the problems outsiders have with the interview process. Instead of the dull questions and answers you may see in an interview book, he builds a scenario for outsiders to help them to focus and to get prepared to answer open ended questions. David
Outsiders on the Inside also gives the reader the choice to how to answer much needed career questions to help you get going on your working with the insiders in business and the business world. One story that will give you some insight is that of Andy Worhol. David shows how Worhol took advantage of his talents with something he had that other artists could use. This whole story is worth the price of the book if you apply this in your work with the other solutions in the book.
I can see this book in the libraries of all those who have a different approach to work. For artistic people, those who are 'right brained' in a left brained' company or job, for those who are a little more expressive in their workplace, for older workers, for those with anything that separates them from the pack.
Having worked in Human Resources myself, this would be a great addition for trainers to have in their arsenal. Career counselors could help those who are not among the scientists, accountants, managers out there who need to work. College career centers should have this in their libraries and those who coach others for a living should have this as a reference to share.
"Outsiders on the Inside" answers a lot of the issues faced by anyone who does not fit in. Using your differences to assist in your companies or your customers success is how to make in the world of work and beyond. I hope that David decides to write a complimentary set of books for those in high school or university of other places where people are just starting their journey.
Enjoy "Outsiders on the Inside."