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Your Boss Is Not Your Mother: Eight Steps to Eliminating Office Drama and Creating Positive Relationships at Work (AgatePro) [Paperback]

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According to, 66 percent of women who are unhappy at work attribute it to their relationships with coworkers. These women suffer because they continually get sucked into needless workplace drama-with co-workers, bosses, subordinates, and clients. In doing so, they're usually replicating problems they had with parents, siblings, or others in childhood. Once ensnarled, these women don't have the knowledge or tools to escape these traps.

Debra Mandel has worked with hundreds of women whose unhealed childhood hurts have caused them problems at work. Although most of us understand that childhood wounds can affect intimate relationships, we're caught off guard when they affect workplace interactions. Nevertheless, once those familiar buttons get pushed, we may transform our overbearing boss into our bullying older brother, or we may respond to the judgmental co-worker as though she is the parent who failed to applaud us for our achievements.

Your Boss Is Not Your Mother attacks these problems at the roots. Using real-life stories and anecdotes, it demonstrates how readers can learn how to respond to people in the workplace with a clear head. They'll also learn about how to distinguish a truly abusive boss or co-worker from one who is actually harmless, how to deal with flirtations and office romance opportunities, and how to negotiate the unique and often unexpected dilemmas of dealing with other women at work. It's full of interactive features-self-tests, exercises, checklists-designed to help readers explore and assess their workplace interactions.

Your Boss Is Not Your Mother will benefit any woman who wants to let go of old, negative influences and take charge of her professional life.

Debra Mandel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. Her radio show, Shrink Rap, airs weekly on KCSN in Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to the syndicated TV talk show The Larry Elder Show and has appeared on numerous other TV shows.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 2006
Publisher   Agate
ISBN  1932841164  
ISBN13  9781932841169  

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More About Debra Mandel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Debra Mandel, Ph.D. is a recognized and respected psychologist, columnist, and speaker specializing in relationships, survivors of abuse, anxiety and depression. She regularly appears on national television and radio. Her offices are located in Encino and Thousand Oaks, CA.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Your Boss Is Not Your Mother: Eight Steps to Eliminating Office Drama and Creating Positive Relationships at Work (AgatePro)?

Smart, Practical, Timely   Jul 7, 2006
I read this book and than passed it on at work. The title tended to scare people but the content won them over:

"...I think the most important thing how important it is to be accountable for our behavior at work and to step back and see whether we're bringing other resentments outside of work into the workplace and to be very conscious of what we resent and what our part is in it."

I've read quite a few management books and the topics that Dr. Debra covers are never mentioned. As a manager, I have to deal with sensitive personal matters and it's wonderful for me to have a practical guide to help me understand the issues. HIPPA rules are very strict and managers must be careful when navigating personal issues in the workplace. This book bridges the gap. By giving it to employees it allows me the opportunity to provide thoughtful guidance without violating their privacy.

There is a clear demand for this type of information in the workplace. Keep um coming!
Help at work  Jun 15, 2006
This book has so many important points to make regarding difficult and often stressful relationships at work. Not only does Dr. Mandel help you understand and identify these issues but gives extremely practical information on how to handle and resolve these problem relationships. She has addressed a common yet often unexplored workplace experience of power struggles that we end up taking home with us after work. Her book helps us understand ourselves with more empathy and handle others with respectful boundary setting and humor. This is a book anyone in the workplace should own if they are experiencing a conflict with a coworker or boss!
Wow! Finally a guide book for improving work relationships!  May 29, 2006
A must read for anyone experiencing a pattern of disfunction in the workplace. Dr. Mandel explores this phenomenon in an eye opening and humorous fashion. I found this book extremently helpful in identifying behaviors within ourselves and others that lead to negativity and drama in the workplace. Additionally, Dr. Mandel gives some practical and positive steps for recognizing and correcting negative patterns in the future.

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