Take This Job and Love It: A Personal Guide to Career Empowerment

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A recent Patterson and Kim business poll reveals that 90 percent of American workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. One of the main factors is the overwhelming, personal feeling of being trapped in an unbearable work situation. This guide was written for workers who've fallen into a career rut, can't get along with their boss, or feel they've reached a professional dead end. Diane Tracy speaks to the panic and desperation gripping people in all business sectors and levels, and shows them how to take back the power and control they have ceded to the companies and organizations for which they work. "Take This Job and Love It" shows today's dissatisfied workers that they do have the inner resources and ability to change many of the things that make them unhappy at work. Based upon the author's workshops and seminars around the country, it defines a four-step process for changing work attitudes, habits, and perspective to simultaneously satisfy both personal needs and career goals. To encourage readers to take responsibility for their own career satisfaction, the author weaves in the stories of eight different people who are coping with common career dilemmas - balancing a personal and professional life, developing political savvy, honing interpersonal skills, and more. Then she shares the positive, easy-to-emulate steps they are taking to create the kind of satisfying work experiences they have always dreamed of. "Take This Job and Love It" empowers today's business people to replace career crisis with career satisfaction by creating a productive work ethic which fosters self-esteem, self-expression, and self-fulfilment.

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Tracy approaches job dissatisfaction as a problem of codependency, requiring change on the part of the employee. While not actually using the term codependent , she employs many of the slogans and principles of the 12-step movement. The bibliography contains several titles by popular writers of the "recovery" movement, including Melody Beattie and John Bradshaw. Generally, Tracy's advice is sound: employees often have unreal expectations of their jobs or their employers, and they often fail to look to themselves as the real cause of their own frustration and unhappiness. Tracy, a communications consultant, does a competent job of telling how to let go of these expectations and assume responsibility for one's own career. Her case histories are based on examples of managerial workers. Abounding in checklists, this book is written in a popular style that makes for quick reading. Most career employees will recognize themselves somewhere in these pages. For public libraries.
- Sue McKimm, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Tells how employees can regain power and satisfaction by negotiating new terms within the structure of an existing job" -- The Bookwatch, 04/94

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