Item description for Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled: The Qualities You Need to Stay Out of Harm's Way and Thrive at Work by Tim Irwin, PH.D....
Overview Dr. Tim Irwin, veteran corporate psychologist, presents the distilled essence of what makes some succeed and others derail in the workplace. His participation in the Spanish festival of "The Running of the Bulls" provides a richly descriptive organizing concept for this book and a metaphor for life in the modern organization. Inside you will find some hard-hitting but entertaining truths about being wise at work.
Publishers Description " Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled shows] us how success in the workplace can be something more-but is never less-than the sum of our experiences, emotions, and intelligence. I really liked this book." -Marcus Buckingham, International speaker and best-selling author, Now Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules "Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled is one of those books that really makes you want to be a better manager, a better leader, a better person. The stories are powerful, the anecdotes are right on the money, and the wisdom is so evident and clear." -Pat Lencioni, Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and President, The Table Group "Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled grabbed me from page one and never let go. It's one of those rare business books full of fresh, original stories that inspire us to take a look at our three Cs: commitment, character, and competence." -Ken Blanchard, Coauthor, The One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "As a member of the senior White House staff and a veteran in banking and the executive search fields, I have interviewed thousands of highly successful people. In Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled, Dr. Tim Irwin nails the essential differences between those who do well and those who don't. If you want to know what it takes to make it in any endeavor, read this book " -J. Veronica Biggins, Senior Partner, Heidrick & Struggles "In this inspiring and adventure-filled book, Tim Irwin creatively weaves in stories from his own experiences with hard-hitting corporate examples. It's a great read for those willing to do the work required to experience their own spectacular results and enjoy success." -Roger Staubach, Chairman/CEO, The Staubach Company and Super Bowl MVP _____________ Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled features Tim Irwin's seven critical success factors as well as six common career derailers. With compelling real-life stories to launch each chapter, Irwin distills not only his experiences as a successful corporate psychologist but also what he has learned from others in thousands of interviews with senior executives. Inside you will also find how you can access free online self-assessment exercises and developmental resources.
From Publishers Weekly For the 85% of Americans who feel unhappy and unfulfilled by their work, Irwin
provides a thoughtful examination of the likely causes and strategies for
reversing course. His insight into the seven traits that underlie success and
personal fulfillment are based on thousands of executive interviews he has
conducted during his career as a corporate psychologist. He sharpens his
message with stories of courage, perseverance and periodic disappointment from
his own life-such as running with the bulls in Spain, crossing a glacier and
helping a son through a Little League crisis. Though he sometimes overwrites,
his points are still valid (e.g., he compares personal integrity to a
submarine hull: even the slightest fissure can sink the whole ship). The
exercises to help readers function with greater authenticity are neither
gimmicky nor time-consuming. For example, he suggests examining a decision's
validity by considering how the rationale would sound if explained to an
investigative reporter on 60 Minutes. Irwin offers more personal insight than
most management book authors and may save readers from hours on a therapist's
couch. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled: The Qualities You Need to Stay Out of Harm's Way and Thrive at Work by Tim Irwin, PH.D. has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2006 page 43
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 078521951X ISBN13 9780785219514 UPC 020049058183
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More About Tim Irwin, PH.D.
A psychologist and business consultant for more than 25 years, Dr. Tim Irwin has worked in numerous diverse industries with a number of America's most well-known and respected global companies. He is a frequent speaker on leadership development and other topics related to organizational effectiveness. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, "Run with the Bulls without Getting Trampled" and "Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership." Irwin has been a frequent contributor to numerous national media outlets, including Fox Business News, "Fox & Friends," CNBC, "The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, " and "Businessweek."
Reviews - What do customers think about Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled: The Qualities You Need to Stay Out of Harm's Way and Thrive at Work?
If you are running your career you need this book Mar 8, 2007
The best complete compilation and illustration of the keys to a great life and career.
Great Stories with a Powerful Message Jan 30, 2007
"Run with the Bulls" is hard book to put down. I savored each chapter. The author tells real life stories as the foundation for a powerful message on principles of leadership. After reading the book I passed it on to my 18 year-old son who read it in a week. I wish I had known the principles which Irwin sets forth so clearly when I began my career! The stampeding bulls will trample the energy and enthusiasm out of many young professionals. I ordered six copies for my family members to help them avoid that fate.
A lot of meat and a little bull ... Jan 28, 2007
I saw a review of "Run With The Bulls without Getting Trampled," and immediately ordered a copy. I am glad that I did. Paraphrasing one of Tim Irwin's running themes, this book is easy-to-read, but it is not a simple book.
One of the things that makes "Run With The Bulls" so interesting is the author's use of stories, and particularly the way that he weaves his nontraditional metaphors into personal, daily workplace context. A few examples include opening chapters with lessons learned from an awkward and (unnecessarily) expensive sidetrip to Portugal, a well planned overnight hike up Mt. Hood, a complicated and unnerving trip to the mountains of Peru made possible only through significant contingency planning, and of course, his running with the bulls in Pamplona. These stories, and many others, seamlessly lead into discussions of personal values, priority setting and behavior - essentially choices that ultimately add up to seven critical success factors that lead to the development of a significant life.
For people who have been around the workplace for a while, Irwin's descriptors make it impossible not to identify similar successes and failures of people they know, or to recognize the good and bad traits of managers for whom they have worked, or to capture the positive attributes of leaders from whom they have learned. The real challenge, however, is to understand the broader meaning of the easy metaphors, and how to incorporate them into your own life and circumstances.
This is the hard part because Irvin is very clear about the need to adapt, to change and to understand why you must, and the commitment that is required. In fact, one of the quotations, used to lead each chapter, comes from Max DePree, former CEO of Herman Miller, "It is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Amen to that!
However, here is where I have to take an exception with the author. One of his chapter introducing stories is about his son Jim, the same young man who created the inspiration to run with the bulls. In this particular story, Jim, a successful athlete, fares badly in his Little League tryout and is embarrassingly relegated to a team of younger boys. In fact, it is such an embarrassment that he is ready to quit playing. The author acknowledged that Jim's failure was a big surprise, caused at least in part by his failure to help him prepare for his tryout like other fathers had done. He "grieves for his disappointment and the crisis for the whole family," but you get the distinct impression that this event was not even on the author's radar radar screen while he was busy working ("pouring himself") on HIS life of significance.
And here's the point - several paragraphs later we are reading about a sensitively astute manager, a nurturer, who reaches out to Jim and helps him develop the skills that lead to his baseball enjoyment and success. It's a nice story, but it also raises a question. Is it OK for you to successfully run with the bulls if the people dependent on you are getting trampled? The message regarding responsibility seemed mixed, made better by the effectiveness of an volunteer parent who (fortunately) makes things right. But, what if the coach had been a minimalist volunteer primarily consumed by the development of his own child? Is it simply enough to say that you "grieve" for the failures of those connected to you, or must you add that there is an accountability ultimately relating back to you for their failures?
That point notwithstanding, there is a lot to think about, and appreciate, in "Run With The Bulls." There is even a website to log into post-completion to watch the actual running of the bulls and to take an attitude test. This was a unique feature for me.
An inspirational read with many areas for practical application... Jan 17, 2007
I've not necessarily related my work career with the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona. But there are some good analogies to be drawn in the book Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled: The Qualities You Need to Stay Out of Harm's Way and Thrive at Work by Tim Irwin, Ph.D. This is a book I'd recommend to anyone looking to survive in the business world with their integrity and morals intact.
Contents: The Run Section 1 - Thoughtful Commitment: Run to Win; The Arena; Getting to the Arena Section 2 - Authentic Character: Run by the Rules; Keep on Running; Don't Get Disqualified from the Race Section 3 - Exceptional Competence: Make Sure You're Fit to Run; Run Well with Others; Run with Skill; Run Your Best Race Epilogue; Introduction to Online Assessment and Developmental Resources; Notes; Index
A few years back, the author went with his son to Pamplona to experience the "running of the bulls." It was a life-changing experience for him, and he found a number of similarities to life in the business world. The entity that is your organization is the bull, and it has just one thing on its mind... getting to the arena. Whatever it does to you in that process (trampling, goring, etc.) isn't personal... it's just the nature of the bull. Once you understand that key point, you can start to figure out how to successfully make it to the arena along with the bull. By running with commitment, character, and competence, you can navigate the pitfalls and perils that exist.
I found many parts of this book that resonated with me, far too many to try and put into a short review. But one example is the section on committing to a life of significance, and how work life needs to contribute to that. There's a "preflight checklist" that you can use to measure your current situation... Does it inspire passion? Fit who we are? Does it serve others? Provide meaning? I found myself counting my blessings that I have a very good work situation that meets many of these criteria. But it's always a good idea to review your situation with a book like this to make course corrections before you get too bogged down in a dead end situation.
An excellent read, and one that I found truly inspirational...