Friday, March 5, 2010

Getting Unstuck – Book #18

| Title | Getting Unstuck |
| Author |Timothy Butler |
| Genre |Nonfiction – Business/Self Improvement |
| Pages |172 |
| Publisher |HBS Press |
| Copyright |2007 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
Using his work as a social scientist, psychotherapist, and career counselor, Butler (career development, Harvard Business School) outlines strategies for getting "unstuck" at work, home, with colleagues, or family. He describes the state of psychological impasse and how it is a sign for change, how to create a clear vision, and the stages of the process of moving through the crisis: arrival, emergence of unresolved issues, opening up to new information, shifting to a new understanding of the situation, recognizing personality patterns, and deciding to take action, with a lot of information on career choices. He uses exercises from classes and workshops he teaches.

Why I read It
The subject interests me and I saw it mentioned online somewhere.

What I Thought About It
Meh. It was about a topic I liked and focused on anecdotes (which I prefer), but still I never really got into it. We grow by recognizing/accepting things as they are suck. We then make changes, grow, and eventually start over again. Ultimately we will not be happy if we let someone else call the shots. You must make changes; or something like that. I mean, that is what I got from it. Don't get me wrong, it was not a bad book; it just didn't do it for me. Much like Charles Dickens, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Gwynneth Paltrow.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Timothy Butler, Ph.D., along with James Waldroop, is director of career development at the Harvard Business School & the developer of the Internet-based interactive career assessment program, CareerLeader, currently used by more than ninety-five corporations & MBA programs worldwide. They are the authors of "Discovering Your Career in Business," as well as articles that have appeared in the "Harvard Business Review" & "Fortune." They live in the Boston metropolitan area

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