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The Compromise Trap

How to Thrive at Work without Selling Your Soul: How to Thrive at Work without Selling Your Soul

By Elizabeth Doty, Art Kleiner

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Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2009
It is hard to know when we begin our careers what the real price of success will be. When we first start out, it seems like the key to getting ahead is hard work and being smart. Yet at some point, many of us find ourselves, increasingly uneasy with the compromises and contradictions of organizational life. Over time, the requirements of surviving at work can take precedence over a growing number of other commitments, eclipsing not just our time, but subtly influencing our character. Based on in-depth interviews with 55 business people from a variety of settings, The Compromise Trap describes how this gnawing doubt goes far beyond questions of work/life balance to whether we feel we can keep our word, keep our promises, say what we really think, or be the kind of person we want to be and still function in our organizations.

Table of Contents

1. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 2. How Does This Happen To Good People? 3. The Anatomy of a Devil's Bargain 4. Cheating the Devil at His Own Game 5. Playing a Bigger Game 6. Seeing the Larger Playing Field 7. Pursuing a Worthy Enough Goal 8. Finding Your Teammates 9. Building Your Strengths 10. Keeping Your Own Score 11. The Cycle of Encouragement 12. Background: More About The Interviews

About the Author

Elizabeth Doty is an organizational consultant, coach, and facilitator specializing in how people participate in large organizations while being true to themselves and contributing to a larger sense of purpose. A "recovering engineer" and a 12-year veteran of the hotel industry, she has both subscribed to the "official story" of business and lived through the contradictions and absurdities of everyday organizational life.

EAN: 9781576755761
ISBN: 1576755762
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
Dimensions: 21.34 x 14.07 x 2.29 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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