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Don't Bring It To Work: Breaking The Family Patterns That Limit Success By Sylvia Lafair

Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success

Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success
By Sylvia Lafair

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How can you get to the bottom of workplace behaviors that simply don't work for you or your organization?

Don't Bring It to Work explores what happens when patterns originally created to cope with family conflicts are unleashed in the workplace.?This groundbreaking book draws on the success of Sylvia Lafair's PatternAware program Total Leadership Connections. Throughout the book she shows how to break the cycle of pattern repetition and offers the tools that can turn unhealthy family baggage into creative energy that will foster better workplace associations and career success.

Lafair identifies the thirteen most common patterns that correspond to characters familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office: Super Achiever, Rebel, Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer, Clown, Martyr, Splitter, Procrastinator, Drama Queen or King, Pleaser, Denier, and Avoider. To help overcome destructive behavior problems, she maps out the three main steps for becoming aware of patterns and finding the way OUT:

  • Observe your behavior to discern underlying patterns
  • Understand and probe deeper to discover the origins of these patterns
  • Transform your behavior by taking action to change

The book includes a wealth of real-life anecdotes and practical, workbook-style exercises that clearly show how anyone can get beyond old, outmoded attempts at conflict resolution and empower themselves to make profound differences both at work and in their personal lives.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #20847 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-03-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.00" h x 6.20" w x 9.10" l, .95 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 256 pages

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Editorial Reviews

Review
This book is emotionally engaging and the message is fantastic.
Robert Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Author, No Asshole Rule

This engaging book has a powerful core message. We're bringing family dynamics – from childhood and even from our parents' childhoods – to work. – and the results are not pretty. Packed with stories of workplace dynamics gone awry – and, then, amazingly enough, transformed by Lafair's compassionate approach – the book is immensely readable. You will be motivated to create change for the better.
Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Wonderful insights for anyone who manages a business, works in a business, or leads a business. Read it now!
Michael E. Gerber, Author, The E-Myth Books

Sylvia Lafair's book brings a rare view of "systems" and "systems thinking," is helpful to individuals and families, as well as business people working to build appreciation, cohesion and success.
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, Leader to Leader Institute

Dr. Sylvia Lafair has written a superb book on working relationships that should be on every executive's desk and used by anyone who is in the business of depending on efficient teamwork for productivity. Her reflections of how our family systems can sabotage our working lives are brilliant and totally applicable in practical terms. This is a must for all business programs, regardless of how large or small.
Dr. Frank Lawlis, Author, Mending The Broken Bond

Through Sylvia Lafair's astute work, you will see yourself, your co-workers and your family dynamics in an entirely new light. More importantly, this will help you change the patterns that have been keeping you from reaching your highest potential. This ranks with the best business and psychology books on the market; not only is it insightful and practical—it's a great read!
Anita Sharpe, CEO & Founder of GeniusSuite, Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer at The Wall Street Journal

A phenomenal book! Sylvia's insights, experience and her brilliant communication style make her one of the leading experts in this field. I have had the honor of working with Sylvia over many years and can attest to the power of her methods in transforming co-workers into highly functioning team members. This really works!
Eslie Dennis, MD, VP Medical Head Northeast, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Most educators' feel they are standing sentry over a system under siege on all fronts. It's exhausting! Sylvia Lafair shows us effective ways to make change happen. This seminal book provides me the Holy Grail to forge a strong team on behalf of our mission to prepare children for the future. I've been waiting for this for 35 years.
Linda C. Brewer, Ed. D., Superintendent, Derry Township School District

Sylvia takes a highly personalized approach to Leadership Development. She helps each person become more aware of their personal styles, their possible origins and raises behavior patterns to a conscious level. From awareness comes change. I found great value in applying these lessons both at work and home to successfully balance demanding jobs, motherhood and a 2 career marriage.
Nancy Singer, Senior Director, Global Sales and Marketing Leadership Development, Merck & Co., Inc.

This book helps bring a new way of doing business. It changed the way we run our company and the results are significant. This sentence says it all, "It is time to get out of the sandbox of childhood and gain a deeper knowledge of the fact that we are all connected and no one wins unless we all do."  This book is a "must have" for Supervisors all the way up to top Executives of the company.
Yvonne Cangelosi, Executive VP, SPEX CertiPrep, Inc.

Amazing! Sylvia Lafair tells us what every successful person already knows… Business and personal lives can never be totally separate. She destroys this myth and gives us the tools to bring people together to build great companies and deliver bottom-line results. Groundbreaking work!
Richard Harris, CEO, Spa Sydell

Sylvia Lafair's life work is helping people reach their potential. Like many brilliant ideas, the pattern recognition process described in this book seems obvious in hindsight. Its power is the power to transform not just life in the workplace, but the total quality of human life. Vital for those working in a family business.
Edwin Neill III, President, Neill Corporation

Dr. Lafair is on to something that will totally change how you see yourself and others in the workplace. The Pattern Aware Leadership Model helps people recognize and address their core issues. This is so much more than "dress for success" advice. Buy it, read it, apply it! It will transform you and your relationships.
Dorene E. McCourt, VP, Product Development & Management, MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.

This book has wonderful tools for anyone wishing to make their work environment more successful. It addresses the baggage that we all bring to the workplace and gives wonderful revelations as to how to move forward from this and build on our strengths. It is about leadership of the highest level.
Carole Haas Gravagno, Board Member, Philadelphia Orchestra

This book distills various behavior patterns that we have at work and helps you identify negative patterns and takes you through personal transformation. Every leader and manager should read this book!
Wow! It's wonderful!
Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, Author, slide:ology

This is an incisive exploration of the limiting patterns that hold us captive and sabotage our efforts to be effective leaders in our organizations. Sylvia Lafair's call is simple and practical as she sets out to offer her readers clear steps to unravel their past and transform limiting habits into pathways of success and wellbeing in our organizations. I highly recommend this book.
Amber Chand, Founder, The Amber Chand Collection: Global Gifts for Peace & Understanding

This book offers keen insights into how individuals process information and guides leaders in helping employees at every level become the best they can be. It is amazing how quickly conflicts can be resolved when we understand the meta-messages that lie at the core of most communication. It should be required reading for all leaders and leaders-in- training.
Lynn Rolston, CEO California Pharmacists Association

From the Inside Flap

Don't Bring It to Work

You know the type—maybe he's the office cutup, or the woman who manages to look busy but avoids work, or the guy who is the long-suffering victim—there's one in every office. Perhaps you or someone you know fits one of these profiles. These behaviors are painfully annoying and stir up conflict in the office.

How can you get to the bottom of workplace behaviors that simply don't work for you or your organization?

Don't Bring It to Work explores what happens when patterns originally created to cope with family conflicts are unleashed in the workplace.?This groundbreaking book draws on the success of Sylvia Lafair's PatternAware program Total Leadership Connections. Throughout the book she shows how to break the cycle of pattern repetition and offers the tools that can turn unhealthy family baggage into creative energy that will foster better workplace associations and career success.

Lafair identifies the?thirteen most common patterns that correspond to characters familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office: Super Achiever, Rebel, Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer, Clown, Martyr, Splitter, Procrastinator, Drama Queen or King, Pleaser, Denier, and Avoider. To help overcome destructive behavior problems, she maps out the three main steps for becoming aware of patterns and finding the way OUT:

  • Observe your behavior to discern underlying patterns

  • Understand and probe deeper to discover the origins of these patterns

  • Transform your behavior by taking action to change

The book includes a wealth of real-life anecdotes and practical, workbook-style exercises that clearly show how anyone can get beyond old, outmoded attempts at conflict resolution and empower themselves to make profound differences both at work and in their personal lives.

From the Back Cover
Praise for Don't Bring It to Work

"Sylvia Lafair is an amazingly acute analyzer of human behavior. She's pinpointed the patterns that can make you sink, soar, or simply muddle through your career. If you want to take your work life, your team, or your company to the next level or—better yet—the level beyond that, read this important work. The payoff is the elusive breakthrough you've?sought for years."
Tyler Mathisen, managing director, CNBC, and host, High Net Worth

"In this smart, useful, and much-needed book on how to work and play well with others, Sylvia Lafair teaches us how to recognize and change our own ineffective workplace behavior and how to help others get past the family baggage and office politics that prevent all of us from doing our best work."
Daniel Pink, author, A Whole New Mind

"This book will help at work and at home. There's a gem on every page!"
Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi

"One of the most original and useful books on the family/work/life balance issue."
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California

"In this terrific book, Sylvia Lafair tells us how to leave our nonproductive behaviors and attitudes at the office door. I especially applaud her declaration that truth-telling and open communication in the workplace will breed respect and reduce insecurities. We would all do well to heed her pragmatic advice on how to bring about a positive, productive work environment."
Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania

"The creative person is able to observe patterns, often when others sitting next to them see unconnected dots. If you think of these dots as people and the connecting lines as constructive interactions, sometimes representing ideas, sometimes love, sometimes concern, you will be an avid reader of Sylvia Lafair's book."
Richard Saul Wurman, founder, the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
5How to understand your own interpersonal patterns and transform them
By Craig Matteson
Sylvia Lafair has provided us with a really wonderful book that helps us understand how the interpersonal dynamics we learned in our family must affect the way we interact with others at work. That is, until we learn to see those dynamics within ourselves and in others. She helps us see them clearly using stories from her own professional life as a family and workplace therapist. She uses a model of the 13 most common patterns (she doesn't claim these are all the patterns) and how you can see yourself in them (she has an assessment) and dig into the family dynamic that led you to your dominant patterns. Later, she shows you how to transform these 13 largely reactive modes into active and positive patterns. For example, she shows us how to move from mere super-achievement to becoming a creative collaborator and from persecutor to visionary. She points out that this is NOT about changing who you are, but free what you already are by giving fuller expression to your potential rather than letting the past shut you inside certain boundaries formed by habit and fear.

The book has three parts. The first three chapters show us the connection between home and work. She makes a very compelling case for her views. The second part, chapters 4 and 5, explain the 13 most common destructive patterns that we see in the workplace and their roots in our family experiences. Part three shows us how to become more authentic, how to talk with honesty but without becoming a rehab facility instead of a workplace. And finally, she connects the dots. She shows us how most of our limits our self-imposed by our thoughts rather than anything external. When we redefine our boundaries we can re-create much of who we are and achieve what really matters to us most.

I like the way Lafair uses stories, most examples from her practice, to illustrate the principles she teaches us. She also uses charts and diagrams effectively, but not too much. She also provides take-aways at the end of each chapter that are very helpful in capturing the essence of what we want to remember from each chapter.

Really, this book is for everyone. Personally, I think it will not only help you at work, but in your family life, as well.

Just terrific.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
4Our Families impact who we are at Work
By Jim Estill
When I saw the title I thought the book would be about separating home from work or work/life balance (A good reason to study Time Management). But it is not.

Lafair approaches life from a psychological viewpoint (she is a psychologist) and the impact that our families have on who we are and what that means when we bring it to work.

This is an in depth book that requires work and thought to dig into and do properly.

I am sure Lafair's points are completely valid on what we came from and how our families and backgrounds impact who we are at work and our interactions there.

She talks about 13 common patterns and what the impact is in the workplace; for example, super achiever (that would be me), rebel, procrastinator, etc. She then goes on to talk about how these can be transformed from super achiever to creative collaborator (that would be who I should strive to be) and from rebel to community builder, etc. The book has tools on how to identify who is which type in a work environment.

I think the book would be of interest any Human Resources person or any leader or manager who wants to understand how to maximize performance of their team.

This is an excellent researched, in-depth book. Good book. I recommend it.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Work on Family and the Workplace
By Michael Gooch
Throughout the book the author offers very effective and practical tools to break free of family baggage that everyone is toting. To my knowledge, this is the first book I have seen that deals with this all important issue of what happens when coping mechanisms that were created to cope with family conflicts are used in the workplace. Not a good idea as most of us have experienced.

This work addresses both personal development and leadership. The overriding message is it is hard to grow and lead others when you are pulling the dead weight of past family issues with you everyday. By recognition and heightened awareness you can take control of this issue and move to the next level.

I didn't know exactly what to expect from this book but I am glad I bought it. I can easily see how applying the principles contained within will result in a more productive team and more profits for the employer.

I hope you find this review helpful.

Michael L. Gooch, SPHR - Author of Wingtips with Spurs Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders.

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