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Taking Charge of Your [OD] Career Direction

“You can choose to go through life without examining it.  Plenty of people simply react and remain indifferent to experiences, letting events mold them."  Robert Lock 

There are three major themes; the first is career awareness, the second is self-study and the third theme is career decision making. In addition, it also discusses:

  • work environments
  • strong interest inventory and career assessment inventory
  • Personality types
  • motivation and achievement
  • cultural personal and work values
  • and much more!

This book is a comprehensive text in career-planning courses, or by individuals with the help of a Coach. It is an excellent resource, and full of trends, exercises, references and theory.


Have a Nice Conflict

by Tim ScudderMichael Patterson, and Kent Mitchell

Following one man's fight to rescue his sinking career. Sales manager John Doyle would consider his career a success—he's his company's top revenue driver, and his take-charge attitude gets the job done. However, when he is passed over for promotion—again—after losing two direct reports, who cite his abrasive style as their reason for leaving, John is forced to reassess how he approaches his relationships. With the help of Mac, an expert in the art of Relationship Awareness Theory, John learns the three stages of conflict, and how he reacts in each.

Once John recognizes his own values and trigger points, as well those of other people, he becomes able to better navigate terse situations, express his points in a way that resonates for other people, and even avoid conflict altogether. Equipped with this new understanding of how other people interpret and react to conflict, John soon finds all the relationships in his life—both at work and at home—improving.

"With Have a Nice Conflict, the authors have captured the music and drama - and sometimes humor - real-time conflict, as well as a road map for how to manage and avoid the conflicts we find ourselves in every day." from the dust Jacket. 

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