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Publisher's Summary

If you find yourself getting fed up and frustrated with a colleague whose incompetence is driving you crazy, a boss who gets angry when you're not a mind reader, or an employee who habitually challenges your authority, chances are you're caught in an emotional trap in the workplace. Quit complaining and do something!

Freeing yourself is easier than you think, and you don't have to quit or fire anyone to do it. The solution is simple: Take control of your own response. In this pragmatic and insightful guide, psychotherapist Katherine Crowley and nationally recognized business consultant Kathi Elster combine their expertise and 20 years of research to teach you how to unhook from upsetting situations and eliminate your workplace woes step by illuminating step.

Through eye-opening quizzes, real-life case examples, and field-tested strategies, you'll quickly learn how to identify and handle any relationship that holds you back on the job. With your newfound emotional skills, you'll be able to:

  • Manage an ill-tempered boss before he or she explodes
  • Detach from annoying coworkers whose irritating habits ruin the day
  • Defend yourself from idea-pilfering rivals
  • Get out of the grip of toxic relationships
  • Protect your personal and professional territory from "boundary busters"
  • Break out of the limiting roles that box you in
  • Parent your difficult employees to get the results you want
  • And much more

    The toughest part of any job is dealing with the people around you. Thanks to Working With You is Killing Me, that just got a whole lot easier.

    Please Note: This audio references accompanying material that is not included with the purchase of the audiobook.

  • ©2006 Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

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    "This empowering book delivers a sense of control over nasty workplace situations." (Publishers Weekly)

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    • Corene
    • 21-04-2006

    Learned valuable techniques

    I learned many techniques that have helped me disengage with some difficult co-workers. The book teaches you how to identify personality traits around you - and challenges you to find yourself in there. How to appease difficult co-workers if you absolutely have to work with them. This gives back your power because in a way you're manipulating and placating them to make their insecure selves feel more important while you walk away rolling your eyes and enjoying the workplace more - well that's what I took from that section anyway. Great, quick audiobook.

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    • Loretta
    • 17-05-2006

    Difficult People Problem Solved!

    Crowley and Elster have written a refreshing and extremely helpful book on how to deal with problem people and situations. The book focuses on work relationships, but I found it very useful dealing with people in all walks of life, including my family. I recommended this book to anyone who has a problem with work relationships or any other relationship. This is a perfect book to give a graduating Seniors or College students as they get ready to join the business world. It is a must read for everyone in business!

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    • Julieta
    • 29-03-2020

    describes characters in the office well

    The narrator was great. I struggled to finish. It described my bosses to a T. However it's a long unhooking 7 step process to remember to do. I'm sure they help but won't remember to do. I imagine it is easier said than done.

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    • JanieE408
    • 08-09-2015

    Just what I needed! ;p

    This audiobook is just in time. A must read if you're working with a bitchy boss.

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    • Tom
    • 01-02-2008

    Good Solid Advice

    I work in large corporation with staff of 20+. I am bad boss and have bad boss. I am cynic. Dismissed book at first. As book progressed I found valuable insights. I made staff listen to book during work hours. They too were skeptical going in. But now they reference book often. Great fun associating people at work (including me) with circumstances and advice in book. It helps to know your bad circumstance exists elsewhere!!!

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    • Chris
    • 13-11-2007

    Not Recommended

    “Listening to This is Killing Me” would be a better title. I really tried to give this book a chance, but it was a let down all the way through. The end advice is to suck it up if you can, if that doesn’t work try to implement company policy to aid your problem with a coworker. If that doesn’t work and you’re excessively bothered still…update your resume and look for a new job.

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    • Juice
    • 19-05-2019

    Good guide

    Didn't think I'd like this book but it did a great job of giving examples of emotional traps along with ways to handle it.

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    • Brendan
    • 22-12-2018

    These reviews seem planted...

    Catchy title but utterly worthless content. The equivalent of buying a bottle of wine on a cute name alone. I would’ve never bought this book without these seemingly fake reviews. It is a waste of time and money.

    The examples they give are trite and silly. You don’t need to listen to this book to figure out a solution to those problems. Their examples seem to miss any actually truly difficult issue for someone who is making your work life miserable. For example a boss you have to work for that makes your life a living hell and is a bully would’ve been helpful.

    The author brags about Harvard education which is a poor reflection on a respected institution.

    Regardless of the reason you want to read this book get something else. It’s too short to have anything meaningful anyway even if it wasn’t so bad. I’m now happily listening to “How to win friends and influence people” which gives far better anecdotes and ways to feel better and deal with difficult people in the workplace.

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    • Jeanna Schultz
    • 30-09-2018

    Simplistic. Out of touch.

    I think this material may have helped my parents 30 years ago. Applicable if you are trapped in your current job and have awful coworkers and a terrible boss. Topics are basic.

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    • Elizabeth
    • 14-09-2018

    Right on Target!

    This book spelled out my coworking problems to a T! I was drawn aside by the honesty it showed, even to the point of looking at my own faults that lead to my demise. I actually listened to this several times and took notes in order to help myself cope with things I couldn't control. Very helpful book.

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    • Sally Latimer-Boyce
    • 01-01-2018

    Excellent tool for dealing with difficult people!

    If you could sum up Working With You is Killing Me in three words, what would they be?

    This book helped me overcome a situation with the most difficult person I had ever encountered. This person wanted the moon on a stick, and I had no previous experience of handling such a demanding individual. The book helped free me from the hostage situation I found myself in, without compromising my integrity.

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