Acting Up Brings Everyone Down: The Impacts of Childish Behavior in the Workplace Paperback – Sep 20 2010
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About the Author
Nick McCormick is a practicing manager in the information technology field with extensive business experience and a passion for leadership development. With this, his second book, Nick continues his quest to help others improve, employing his trademark straightforward, common sense approach with a focus on action. He lives with his wife and three children in suburban Philadelphia.
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Now Nick McCormick has captured a wonderful collection of the childish things people do at work. Or... I should say... the clever and common things people do at work, which are, in fact, quite childish.
It's called, Acting Up Brings Everyone Down: The Impacts of Childish Behavior in the Workplace.
From the introduction"
"The purpose of this book is to point out the silliness that we engage in at work in hopes that readers will acknowledge their actions, realize there are better and more constructive ways to act, and make the necessary changes to improve the work environment."
It takes a great sense of humor to get us insecure leader-types to let down our guards and see our imperfections without feeling attacked.
McCormick, though, instead of attacking us for our petty and counter-productive behavior, laughs at it with us.
He takes on maddening workplace dynamics like making excuses, blaming others, withdrawing support, exaggerating problems, getting away with substandard work, and taking what is not yours.
We could try to clamp down on these practices. But the most common response to an attack is to get defensive. Once defensive, people stop thinking critically and go into self-protection mode.
But when laughing, deep truths slip past our defenses, and we can see ourselves in these stories without feeling judged or demonized.
We are free to think about McCormick's insights and reconsider our own methods and practices.
Nick McCormick has given us a great gift in this humorous and practical look at childish behavior in the workplace. He is creating a safe space for us to create a healthier workplace culture for ourselves.
Consider reading it as a team at your firm. Discuss one chapter at a time at your weekly planning meeting. Laugh together. Discuss creative alternatives without pointing fingers.
You'll have a great time learning to work together more constructively, more humanly, and more productively.
Using, as he did in his previous book Lead Well and Prosper, the characters of "Joe," "Wanda," and others from his blog, Nick walks us through a series of common negative - childish, even - behaviors we all will confess we are sometimes tempted to succumb to in various aspects of our lives. He then offers unmistakable elaborations and illustrations of not only how these temptations are problematic at work, but of how we all are vulnerable to exhibiting them there at one time or another. Having established what these examples are together with our individual relationships to them, each is then followed with refreshingly clear and frank advice and recommendations.
The treatment is friendly, honest, and inescapably engaging. It's like a conversation with a trusted friend or mentor, one that leaves you open to a more candid assessment of the motives behind your own actions at work, and better equipped to meaningfully - sympathetically - understand and deal with those of your colleagues.
Another gem by Nick McCormick - get your copy today.
This is the kind of thing that you need your mentor to tell you, because no one else will own up to the fact this type of behaviour goes on. A lot of it is common sense, but sometimes we need a kick to assess whether we actually behave in this way.