Face It: Recognizing and Conquering the Hidden Fear That Drives All Conflict at Work
ISBN 10: 0814408354
ISBN 13: 978-0814408353
Worriers, controllers, attention-seekers, victims, fakes: these are all typical profiles of professionals who let different types of fear keep them from achieving professional success.
And fear has an even more destructive effect: It is the root of conflict, which can undermine the productivity of teams and entire organizations.
Face It identifies several basic behavioral profiles, and helps readers assess their own behaviors as well as those of coworkers. The book explains how the behaviors develop, and offers practical techniques for replacing fear and mistrust with mutual respect and rebuilding the sense of shared commitment to common goals.
Like a session with a good personal coach, Face It will give readers new strength to face their fears, and help them work more productively as individuals and with colleagues. Conquering their demons will allow them to establish a pattern of improved performance, self-esteem, and personal freedom.
From Publishers Weekly
The primary reason people don't succeed at work is fear, according to Horn, an executive consultant and coach in Toronto. This fear creates different personalities, including worriers, control freaks, fakes, attention-seekers, victims and prisoners. Using examples from his own practice, Horn explains how to diagnose these profiles. He asks people what they're thinking as they continue to exhibit certain behavior, even if the particular demeanor is hurting them professionally. Often, the individuals recall something from their childhood that explains why they act in a certain way. Once people are aware of the reasons for their behavior, they can slowly begin to change. The author addresses individuals wanting to modify their behavior as well as people who interact with "problem types." As Horn explains, "If someone does not readily admit to the negative effects of their behavior, and you need the behavior to change, then don't go to the topic of motive. Stay on the topic of behavior." Horn's style is friendly and clear, and the real-life anecdotes and dialogues ably support the author's thesis. However, some readers may find the book slows down when Horn discusses his "transcendence model" and how to understand the needs of the "self." As a result, the book will most benefit readers who are already comfortable with psychological approaches to work situations.
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Library Journal: "Horn’s distinctive focus on the psychological reasons for certain workplace behaviors is especially useful. Recommended for all collections."