The most difficult aspect of work has nothing to do with profitability or deadlines or competition. It has to do with the immense and beautiful challenges of dealing, on an ongoing basis, with that often amazing but always complicated entity known as the colleague.
Our colleagues can be the sources of our greatest joys and triumphs: they compensate for our weaknesses, enlarge our strengths, and aggregate our energies. However, working successfully around others is neither intuitive nor simple: it requires us to communicate effectively, to understand our own minds and blind spots, to master our emotions, and to see the world from other people’s perspectives.
The School of Life has been working with organizations since its foundation, releasing the latent talents of employees and equipping them with the emotional intelligence required to succeed. This book compresses our learning into a series of lessons on workplace psychology. The result is an essential guide to more profitable, harmonious, and happier organizations.
Part I: The Need to Get On With Others
1 Our Unhappy Past
2 The New Cost of Unhappiness
4 Psychotherapy at the Office
5 Beyond Gossip
Part II: The Challenges
2 Poor Teaching
3 People Pleasing
Part III: Towards Harmony
1 Normalizing Difficulty
2 Plotting for Emotional Growth
Featured in Marketing Week's recommended reading list.
A fascinating read! – Jo Good, BBC Radio London