The Boss from Outer Space and Other Aliens at Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Getting along with Just about Anyone

The Boss from Outer Space and Other Aliens at Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Getting along with Just about Anyone

The Boss from Outer Space and Other Aliens at Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Getting along with Just about Anyone

The Boss from Outer Space and Other Aliens at Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Getting along with Just about Anyone

Synopsis

Anyone who works in an office probably has to deal with at least some people who are so different they might as well be from another planet. These differences can lead to conflict or - if handled properly - to a greater appreciation of others and a more productive workplace.The secret to getting along lies in understanding the different personality traits people exhibit and how to relate to them. The author identifies 11 traits that can make work relationships difficult, which she compares to the planets (plus the moon and the sun), including: • Saturn, with its distinctive rings, symbolizes how comfortable one is being different, and shows whether one is more of a conformist or experimenter • Jupiter, made up mostly of gases, has a bubbly spirit, and signifies one's level of optimism • Earth (as in down to Earth") indicates whether someone is grounded, or has one's "head in the clouds." Fun and easy to read, yet packed with realistic strategies, this very human guide will help anyone on the planet get along with even their most difficult coworker. "

Excerpt

To be happier, more successful, and more stress-free at work, you only have to do two things well. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? You have to get the job done, and you have to handle the relationships with the people around you. Getting the job done tends to be the easy part. Most of us are trained for that; we went to school, or took classes, or received training once we were hired. But to handle a demanding boss, deal with difficult co-workers or clients, or manage employees who squabble like children—those are the kinds of things that make a job stressful, demanding, and sometimes impossible.

We have always been interested in what makes other people tick; we have just not always been very good at figuring it out. We have all had bosses, co-workers, employees, and customers who sometimes seem like alien beings (not to mention neighbors and family members, but that is a different book). How can we explain it? Is it gender, age differences, astrological signs, cultural differences, or possibly even brain disorders?

Let’s flash back several thousand years.

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