How to Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

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"Thank you! You have filled in some gaps that I've been scratching my head about – for myself and for the team - as we transition to a new leadership structure. I'm re-energized after feeling defeated.

And .... It was immediately insightful to learn strategies to diffuse the overcompensator. While we try to have a platform for everyone's voice to be heard, I believe we bend too far into 'listening' and not far enough into 'engaging' and taking that one step further, turning arguing and questioning into productive conversation. Hooray for the shedding light into the darkness!"

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Get Out of Your Own Way at Work (and Help Others Do the Same) Book

Would you agree that potential is a terrible thing to waste? You already know that until you get out of your own way, you're not going to achieve the success you're capable of and live up to your potential. This book will help you make sure that happens.

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5 Ways You're Getting in Your Own Way at Work Presentation

Hey, don't get down on yourself! We surveyed our millions of professional, recruiter and company members about the main way they get in their own way and distilled it down to five. In this presentation, you'll hear renowned psychiatrist, hostage negotiation trainer, UCLA professor, radio co-host and author of seven books, Dr. Mark Goulston, give you practical tactics and tools to overcome these five career killers.


"Mark Goulston provides great insight into what
we often need to learn to STOP doing.
More importantly, he gives us some
great guidelines on how to do this!"

-Marshall Goldsmith

From Publishers Weekly

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work (And How to Help Others Do the Same) is the follow-up to 1996's Get Out of Your Own Way. Dr. Goulston diagnoses 40 business situations in which workers exhibit symptoms of self-defeating behavior, from "Not Being Able to Take No for an Answer" and "Being Competent but Out of Touch" to "Not Delegating" and "Assuming Others Understand You."

Goulston's focus, however, is not on workplace effectiveness but on "earning self-esteem-and its twin sister, success." He devotes a chapter to each workplace issue: first, highlighting a case study that refers to a client from his consulting practice or, tangentially, to one of his hospital patients and, then, explaining how to remedy the behavior. In addition, each chapter is topped off with an aphoristic "Usable Insight" and a to-do list of "Action Steps." People are inclined to commit "hari-kari at work," Goulston says, because of "fearful aggression" and "fearful avoidance," two traits that he traces back to humans' "early-neural, unthinking, animal nature." While his insights are pedestrian-his advice can be boiled down to "be more self-aware"-the structure of the book makes it easy to cherry pick chapters that may apply to you.

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Mark Goulston
Mark Goulston

Dr. Mark Goulston is a former crisis psychiatrist, UCLA professor, FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer and is world renowned expert in communication, influence and persuasion. Three of his seven books, "Just Listen" Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, Real Influence: Persuade without Pushing and Gain with Giving In (co-authored with Dr. John Ullmen) and Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life reached #1 in business categories at Amazon and beyond.

Furthermore, his original book, Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior, first published in 1996 has been in the top five self-help books at Amazon for ten years. The sequel to that book, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work... and Help Others Do the Same is now a Recruiter.com book and is offered free to members.

He is partnering with Recruiter.com to provide courses to help your be more successful in your careers and jobs whether you're one of our 3 million professional, 35,000 recruiters or 13,000 companies.

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