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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Working Successfully with Screwed-Up People

Café Lily’s Review:

I always enjoy reading about personality types, character traits and how to get along with people who are different from me so this book held my interest, because it focused on how to improve relationships in the workplace.

In the appendix, there is a section called The Personality Zoo, which breaks down ten personality types and their traits. I found this very informative and helpful. According to the author, knowing your personality traits is a huge key in being able to get along well with others. Interpersonal relationships suffer, when you try to “fix” someone else, rather than understand what makes them tick. I also enjoyed the chapter on stress absorbers and the authors’ suggestions on balancing work life and home life.

Each chapter ends with some questions for self reflection. There are some vague references to God and spirituality, but this isn’t an overly preachy book.

Book Description: Let’s face it. Some people just don’t listen, don’t care, and aren’t willing to compromise. And you probably work with some of them - the incomprehensible supervisor, the person in the next office who chats more than works or the customer who, by the way, isn’t always right. For all those you come across at work who drive you crazy, there’s a solution.

Working Successfully with Screwed-Up People (Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8007-2011-7, 224 pages, May 2012, $12.99) offers healthy ways to have good working relationships with those around us. Author Elizabeth B. Brown covers everything from daily annoyances to serious workplace issues. Brown, the bestselling author of Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People turns her insightful eye to the workplace, showing readers how they can get along with and work successfully beside the people who drive them up the wall. “It doesn’t take two people to change a relationship in the workplace,” says Brown. “It takes one—me!”

Her expert advice will help workers in any profession learn how to be unflappable, imperturbable, and unflustered when dealing with the difficult people in their workplace. The majority of our waking life is spent at work. Don’t let difficult people drive you crazy. With Brown’s help and encouragement, you can make the changes that will improve your work environment and enhance your life.

Elizabeth B. Brown is a teacher, a speaker, and the author of the popular Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People and the helpful Surviving the Loss of a Child. She and her husband live in Tennessee.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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