Working with you is killing me by Kathrine Crowley & Kathi Elster

April 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

So this was recommended to me. I really enjoyed it and learned a few things (about myself and also about what I should do).

Here’s the review from Publisher’s Weekly: For anyone trapped in an energy-zapping relationship with a co-worker, boss or subordinate, Crowley and Elster offer an exit strategy-a highly practical and easily implemented guide to making the situation workable. Looking at the workplace from every employee’s perspective, Crowley, a Harvard-trained psychotherapist, and Elster, an entrepreneurial consultant, have created a book as valuable to readers on the top rungs of the corporate ladder as it is to those near the bottom. Readers in the throes of a work crisis can find a relevant case study to lead them to relief from any situation. Whether the problem’s a charming and demanding boss, dealing with a saboteur or addressing one’s own inclination to play the office martyr, the authors offer frameworks for breaking down the conflict and achieving dĂ©tente. They even detail the inevitable verbal confrontation. Supervisors are provided suggestions for “parenting” employees who chronically underachieve or disappoint to help them live up to expectation, or at least their job descriptions. This empowering book delivers a sense of control over nasty workplace situations. It may also offer the answer to high job turnover.

I love where I work and enjoy my co-workers, but this book provides practical solutions for those problems that continually come up in the workplace. I also was pleased to learn that I have been practicing the art of “managing up” for a few years.

This is a quick read – about 250 pages, and easy to read to. It’s another one that will go on my management shelf.


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  • 1. Kathi Elster  |  April 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Thank you for reading our book, Working With You Is Killing Me, and thank you for letting others know about it. Katherine and I wrote this book to help people navigate the emotional mindfield – called the workplace.

    Let us know your specific questions and we answer them on our website

    Kathi Elster


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