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The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back: Overcoming the Behavior Patterns That Keep You From Getting Ahead

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to rise effortlessly to the top, while others are stuck in the same job year after year? Have you ever felt you are falling short of your career potential? Have you wondered if some of the things you do–or don’t do–at work might be hamstringing your ambitions? In The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back, James Waldroop and Ti ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Crown Business
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The authors are career placement directors at Harvard Business School, have done a lot of counseling and offer some sage advice for the career-minded. However, I found the book to be quite long and it had an over reliance on behavioral career issues that stemmed from childhood. Very psychotherapy-oriented (and Jungian) which I thought they took too far, tracing nearly every "bad habit" back to childhood. Their 12 habits would have been more credible too if they would have cited (or conducted) pr ...more
Some good points and I think there are a few items that I found useful in analyzing my own habits in the workplace at some points I felt the book got "preachy" in some of its views. There practical advice and counseling is probably top notch, but I could tell from the text that their inherent world view is different from mind, and it makes me wonder if I might have the "13th Habit". Some of the items on power left me cold, they may be right, but sometimes felt they were condemning power and taki ...more
This is one of my favorite books on not only finding out how to overcome my own bad habits but how to deal with them in other people. The book goes through the 12 habits describing the origin and how to overcome it but it also has sections on how to manage someone with each behavior pattern. I took it as, not necessarily managing but how to deal with them in any relationship.
Astute and practical, the best part of this book is how concrete it is -- in its examples, its generalizations, and its remedies. Unlike the "10 quick fixes" articles frequently published in periodicals, this book drives home the reality that all change--even good change--is hard... but gives you the tools to envision even yourself making those changes.
Fran Babij
Extremely deep and insightful tool to helping a person understand the inner workings of the thought/behavior connection and how to correct the things that are adversely affecting our daily lives. Also a very helpful tool to understanding why the people around us do the things they do and how we can help them. Great resource!
I love this book and am rereading it for the second time (with a very long break in between). Their case study approach is insightful, and I definitely appreciate business advice from a psychological perspective.
This is heavily targeted toward people working in a 'traditional office setting', for lack of a better phrase, and so it didn't entirely apply to self-employed me. Interesting reading, though!
Some bad habits which find a place here ?

Avoiding conflict at any cost.... Doing too much, pushing too hard... Rebel looking for a cause...

Just the read for today's confused times..
Scientifically explained about behaviour of people who fail despite having all right materials.
Specific for middle career, but good for early/young professionals
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