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The Schmuck in My Office
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The Schmuck in My Office
How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work
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"This is a timely must-read for managers and anyone who has ever had to deal with a difficult coworker; it addresses a ubiquitous problem in a proactive, positive manner that should get the desired results." - Publishers Weekly

Everyone has a "schmuck" in their office—-a difficult, disruptive person who upsets the workplace, confuses coworkers, and causes concern. It's hard to understand why schmucks act the way they do, but one thing is certain—-they seem to come in all shapes and sizes. . . .

- Narcissus—-the condescending attention-seeker who carelessly steps on everyone's toes
- The Flytrap—-the bringer of chaos whose emotional instability causes an office maelstrom
- The Bean Counter—-the orderly perfectionist who never gives up control, even when it's full-steam-ahead to disaster
- The Robot—-the unreadable stone wall who just can't connect

Sound like anyone you know? These are just a few of the more prominent types of difficult people at work. In The Schmuck in My Office, Dr. Jody Foster explains the entire spectrum of people we may think of as schmucks, how they can decrease productivity, destroy teams, and generally make everyone else unhappy. Along with nailing down the various types, she looks at personality traits and explains how dysfunctional interactions among coworkers can lead to workplace fiascos. She helps readers understand schmucks as people, figure out how to work with them, and ultimately solve workplace problems. She also makes readers consider the most difficult thing of all: despite where your finger may be pointing, sometimes you are the "schmuck"! Let Dr. Foster teach you how to make your workplace a happier and more productive one.

"This is a timely must-read for managers and anyone who has ever had to deal with a difficult coworker; it addresses a ubiquitous problem in a proactive, positive manner that should get the desired results." - Publishers Weekly

Everyone has a "schmuck" in their office—-a difficult, disruptive person who upsets the workplace, confuses coworkers, and causes concern. It's hard to understand why schmucks act the way they do, but one thing is certain—-they seem to come in all shapes and sizes. . . .

- Narcissus—-the condescending attention-seeker who carelessly steps on everyone's toes
- The Flytrap—-the bringer of chaos whose emotional instability causes an office maelstrom
- The Bean Counter—-the orderly perfectionist who never gives up control, even when it's full-steam-ahead to disaster
- The Robot—-the unreadable stone wall who just can't connect

Sound like anyone you know? These are just a few of the more prominent types of difficult people at work. In The Schmuck in My Office, Dr. Jody Foster explains the entire spectrum of people we may think of as schmucks, how they can decrease productivity, destroy teams, and generally make everyone else unhappy. Along with nailing down the various types, she looks at personality traits and explains how dysfunctional interactions among coworkers can lead to workplace fiascos. She helps readers understand schmucks as people, figure out how to work with them, and ultimately solve workplace problems. She also makes readers consider the most difficult thing of all: despite where your finger may be pointing, sometimes you are the "schmuck"! Let Dr. Foster teach you how to make your workplace a happier and more productive one.

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  • JODY FOSTER, MD, MBA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. She attained her MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 16, 2017
    Foster, chair of the psychiatry department at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Joy, a psychiatry resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, explore a topic just about everyone in the workplace can relate to: dealing with colleagues whose habits disrupt workflow and cause a variety of problems. The good news is that these types of behaviors, including bullying, micromanaging, and acting entitled, can all be addressed and corrected. The authors show how to identify disruptions, discuss the personality traits responsible, and share effective responses. They list disruptive personality types, including “drama kings and queens,” ”bean counter” types who bottleneck progress, and oddballs who just don’t fit in. They also invite readers to ponder whether they themselves are the “office schmucks.” Along the way, they share cringeworthy stories of difficult behavior and successful turnarounds that inspire. This is a timely must-read for managers and anyone who has ever had to deal with a difficult coworker; it addresses a ubiquitous problem in a proactive, positive manner that should get the desired results. Agent: Eric Lupfer, William Morris Endeavor.

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