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Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day Paperback – February 16, 2010
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About the Author
Linnda Durre’, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, business consultant, national speaker; magazine, Internet, and newspaper columnist; and television and radio talk show host, consults and speaks to businesses, companies, and corporations. She hosted and co-produced two live call-in TV shows: "Ask The Family Therapist," on America's Health Network, a national cable TV station associated with the Mayo Clinic which aired from Universal Studios, Orlando; and "Personal Success Hotline with Dr. Durre'," on a PBS affiliate, and three radio shows. She has spoken to hundreds of groups and given interviews on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Canada AM, Daytime, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Good Morning America, among others, and she has been interviewed, quoted, and/or cited in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Inc. Magazine, Business Week, Law Office Administrator, New York Times, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Orlando Magazine, Toronto Globe & Mail, Pasadena Star News, Argus Leader, San Diego Union and Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Pacific Sun, San Antonio Light, Florida Magazine, and Parade. She has written for Forbes Online, AOL, Monster, Yahoo, Orlando Business Journal, American Cities Business Journals, Brentwood News, and in her column at eBossWatch on coping with difficult bosses.
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This is the best resource book addressing the workplace setting that I have found on the market. I especially like the 32 question survey which constitutes Chapter two of her book. It provides a vital tool (pages 6-8) for readers to use in assessing their own workplace toxicity status. I recommend that you take it and consider the results. It is an excellent starting place, as we all have workplaces. And our workplace is one of our primary psychosocial environments. You might want to assess how good your work interpersonal environment is; and uncover what its problem areas might be. As I write this review, I cannot help but see its application in assessing our current US Administration environment.
Dr. Durre’s workplace assessment device has been carefully developed. It has grown from her years of assessing, treating and writing about interpersonal issues. Interpersonal life is the core of human life. Linnda Durre began her professional journey researching and writing a dissertation on the sexual abuse of clients, primarily women, by their therapists, primarily male. It was then a landmark work. I believe Linnda’s contribution is one of the cornerstones of what is now called the ‘#Me-too’ movement. Through her professional development, Dr. Durre has lived a life of helping others address very difficult, often initially hazy, relational issues. She provides consultation, treatment, and expert witness mental health services with established expertise. I trust her competence and most highly endorse its worth.
Your assessment provides a base which you might benefit from discussing with someone whom you trust. At the very least, it will give you a context to ponder before acting. Everyone’s situation has some unique aspects to it, but the self-application of this self-help book provides a means of overcoming the sense helplessness which comes from the belief that one’s situation is entirely unique.
The remainder of the book is designed to provide help in addressing those issues which you find it desirable to change. Durre employs a helpful format. She first brings into focus a description of a particular problematic situation. She then provides each of these types with useful explanations. And then she offers potentially achievable solutions. In this, Linnda Durre relies upon assertive skills. She encourages the reader to move beyond passivity, and to avoid aggressive means, which are most often self-defeating.
Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the toxic workplace that can greatly enhance anyone's survival skills, and Linnda Durre has compiled this wonderful handbook to help guide us in the right direction. The key to success is simply using good communication skills, compiling detailed documentation of any significant events, as well as maintaining a positive and assertive attitude to accomplish your goals. The meek may inherit the earth, but in the business world, they also inherit the short end of the stick; careers are endangered, stress is high, motivation is low, and productivity is diminished. Unfortunately, this is an all too frequent scenario, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Whether you're an entry level employee, a middle manager, or the CEO, you'll greatly benefit from reading and heeding the author's advice; it could well be the most significant book you'll encounter this year, especially if you're trying to prolong your career or improve your company's bottom line.
That's a pretty crowded playing field, and the stakes are certainly high; this is no time to hesitate. You can thank the author later.