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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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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.
With pinpoint precision, Durre lays out every imaginable workplace personality, the factors that drive their behavior, and exactly what to do to improve your relationship with them. From "Bonnie the Bossy One" to "Donald the Dealmaker" to "Vicki the Victim," the descriptions of these types of officemates resonate with everyday experiences. They're also laugh-out-loud funny, in many circumstances, and guide the reader step-by-step how to deal with colleagues' weaknesses while also complimenting their strengths.
Most impressive about Durre's book is how easily its advice transfers to "real life" situations that have nothing to do with work. These difficult personalities can be found among acquaintances, friends and family members alike. How many times do we encounter "Viola the Verbal Attacker" around the Thanksgiving dinner table? Or "Monty the Money Borrower" at a summertime family reunion? Even our own siblings or parents can be "Pam the Passive-Agressive" or "Ben the Brownnoser!"
"Surviving the Toxic Workplace" will help you survive the game of life -- it's a must-read.
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.
Following the advice in this book is guaranteed to sabotage professional relationships and make the workplace even more toxic.