By Elizabeth Doty
It truly is tough to grasp after we commence our careers what the genuine rate of good fortune might be. once we first start, it kind of feels just like the key to getting forward is tough paintings and being clever. but sooner or later, many folks locate ourselves, more and more uneasy with the compromises and contradictions of organizational existence. through the years, the necessities of surviving at paintings can take priority over an increasing number of different commitments, eclipsing not only our time, yet subtly influencing our personality. in keeping with in-depth interviews with fifty five enterprise humans from a number of settings, "The Compromise seize" describes how this gnawing doubt is going some distance past questions of work/life stability as to if we believe we will preserve our note, retain our can provide, say what we actually imagine, or be the type of individual we wish to be and nonetheless functionality in our businesses.
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Additional info for The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work Without Selling Your Soul
When the price of doing the right thing goes up, many people feel they have no choice but to conform, especially when their careers or their families’ well-being are at stake. It is particularly challenging when the unhealthy pressure comes from the organization or when others think it is okay to go along. For example, a senior human resources (HR) specialist in a growing technology firm noticed that important decisions were increasingly made with very little thought. She found it harder and harder to ask her colleagues to stop and think before making a decision about whom to hire or where to assign them.
This is the sort of compromise that fits the less common dictionary definitions, where compromise means (1) exposing something to danger or suspicion, as when a military mission is compromised, or (2) impairing the health of something, as when an organism is so depleted it can no longer fight off infection. For example, Jim felt he had tarnished his reputation because he had a commitment to serve his customers’ best interests by advising them accurately about his company’s products and in retrospect he had been misleading them about the broadloom product line.
Introduction: Seeing with Peripheral Vision 9 On the other hand, if you have already redefined how you engage or have embarked on a professional quest, you may want to jump to the later chapters on personal foundations to add options and reinforcement for the path you have already undertaken. This is a broad territory to explore. To keep it focused, I have tried to include just the critical ideas you need to push back the barriers to redefining the game and engaging at a higher level. I hope you will view each chapter as a stepping stone on the path to ongoing personal development, which will expand your range even further should you choose to pursue it.
The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work Without Selling Your Soul by Elizabeth Doty