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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.

    Critic Reviews

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

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    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    • Loretta
    • Tucson, AZ, United States
    • 05-17-06

    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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    Just what I needed! ;p

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Tom
    • Havertown, PA, USA
    • 02-01-08

    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!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    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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    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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    John Marie Westmoreland

    As a subject matter expert on workplace bullying and discrimination, I found this book to be highly engaging and brimming with professional details. This is a very good book and a must read!

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    Good perspective and realistic tips

    This book is solid in giving you the perspective needed to not go down the rabbit hole of immobility and despair wheb dealing with negative emotions eminating from co workers and supervisors.

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    • Chris
    • Columbus, OH, USA
    • 11-13-07

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    • Sally Latimer-Boyce
    • 01-01-18

    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.