Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

Mastery in work and life comes through a series of two steps forward and one step back. When you find encouragement to take the next two steps forward, mastery and success follow. When instead, you feel confused, surprised, defeated, perhaps even victimized, you take three steps back and build self-defeating habits.

Mark Goulston, M.D., published Get Out of Your Own Way at Work in 2005 to capture 40 self-defeating work place behaviors that he most commonly encountered in his consulting and coaching work. For such behaviors as "Not Learning from Your Mistakes" and "Quitting Too Soon", he gives examples, symptoms, consequences and Action Steps.

If you have a good sense of what might holding you back, have received sound feedback on your challenges or are looking for ways to support others in the workplace, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work provides concise analysis and suggestions on how to proceed.

In Appendix 3, Goulston offers a Twelve Step plan for getting out of your own way. Users of the book would be well advised to start with these last few pages. The twelve steps outline a plan of identifying and changing self-defeating behaviors.

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