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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Reading through the book, it is very clear that the suggested conversations with trouble employees come from a position of authority. If you or I were to try this with someone on an equal footing, the other person would be left saying "who the Heck does he/she think they are?" If used in the way the author instructs, the person would likely alienate themselves quickly.
A better book for THIS topic of peer to peer or peer and peer to superior interactions would be Dirty Tricks at Work. However, that book is more into the politicking aspect and less of the everyday small stuff that we might commonly identify as counter-productive to the office environment.
Still, I can completely see this book as being useful to people in a superior position of leadership who get to "lay down the law". For them, this book will likely be very useful. For the rest of us, however, we will have to keep on looking.
Following the advice in this book is guaranteed to sabotage professional relationships and make the workplace even more toxic.
First off, this is the most comprehensive treatment I have ever seen and the typology that the author developed is very--VERY--scary on multiple levels, including recognizing myself in multiple categories including Socially Clueless, Angry, Rescuer, and Obsessives. Bummer.
I found the book absorbing. Although each "chapter" is really closer to a four-page blurb, there is nothing wrong with the typology, the substance, or the intentions of this book.
At best it should make most people grateful they do not work in a toxic environment. At worst it could be a wake-up call for those who have put up with extraordinary abuse, have come to think of it as normal, and might find this checklist approach to toxic environments helpful.
For me the best part of the book was the end where the author itemizes a number of class action law suits that have led to big wins for some groups, but sadly only have decades of litigation and decades of loss.
The stark reality is that both governments and corporations have forgotten that their mission includes the nurturing of their employees and the communities that host their offices. Ethics has gone down the tubes, and corruption at all levels is the norm. From where I sit, the healthiest route right now is to simply disconnect, move to Seattle, or Portland, or Alaska, and start over.Read more ›
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I truly like the simplistic ways to deal with the situation. A must have book for all HR professionals and first line leadersPublished 1 month ago by M. Coker
The advice in the book worked for me; in fact, it was spot-on. I followed the recommendations about how to improve my relationship with my superior, and my workplace is now less... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sue Shrott
I did not find useful information in the book to address the toxic situation at my workplace. Perhaps those in their first job will find it helpful, but I found the information... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Lucy
This book does an excellent job at explaining the dynamics of a work environment in a way that is easy to understand and even easier to relate to. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Westm_
Surviving The Toxic Workspace - Dr Linnda Durre`s necessarily concise work (there is a need to get to the point simply and quickly in these circumstances) is painted with a... Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by JERRY GOODRANCH
When people are struggling with a difficult boss or co-worker, it can be emotionally draining and even overwhelming. It can also be extremely confusing. What is going on? Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Dr. Mardell S. Grothe
This advice book on Surviving the Toxic Workplace is a treasure. It is clear, simple, and practical. It is also brief and to the point. It does not waste time or words. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Rolf Gompertz