Title: Book Review – Warriors, Workers, Whi ners, And Weasels Word Count: 548 Summary: We all know a Weasel. You know, tha t person that threatens to take dow n your organization by using every sleazy tactic in the book to advanc e their careers regardless of how i t effects others. Warriors, Workers , Whiners, and Weasels: The 4 Perso nality Types in Business and How to Manage Them to Your Advantage by e ntrepreneur Tim O'Leary takes a ref reshing look at the different perso nalities we encounter and how to ha ndle them. The premise of the book is that esse ntially ev... Keywords: business, motivation, humor, career Article Body: We all know a Weasel. You know, tha t person that threatens to take dow n your organization by using every sleazy tactic in the book to advanc e their careers regardless of how i t effects others. Warriors, Workers , Whiners, and Weasels: The 4 Perso nality Types in Business and How to Manage Them to Your Advantage by e ntrepreneur Tim O'Leary takes a ref reshing look at the different perso nalities we encounter and how to ha ndle them. The premise of the book is that ess entially everyone fits into one of four personality groups – Warrior, Worker, Whiner, or Weasel. O'Leary defines each as the following: Warriors, who confront change, see possibilities, innovate and manage to win! Workers, who deal with the ups, dow ns and challenges of everyday corpo rate life dependably, and who can r eliably implement the change and di rection established by the Warriors. Whiners, who get through life by co mplaining about everything they do, who profess negativism and dissati sfaction wherever they go, and blam ing others for their own shortcomin gs. Weasels, who lurk everywhere and th reaten your career and life-goals t hrough their own deception and inse curity and who spread these feeling s quickly throughout the organizati on. The book is designed to help you re cognize what group you fit into, gi ve you the necessary tools to get t o the group you want to be in, and learn how to effectively deal with people in each group. The book real ly does a great job of forcing you to truthfully analyze yourself. O'L eary warns you that you might not l ike what you find, but also is quic k to point reinforce that you are i n control and that you can make the changes in your life to fit into t he group that you desire. Even more interesting (and fun) is visualizing the people you know and placing them into their appropriat e categories. We have all encounter ed a Whiner or Weasel and it helps to know what makes them tick and ho w to effectively deal with them so that they don't negatively impact y our life. O'Leary uses the analogy to the common cold – you can't comp letely eliminate Weasels from your life but you can take precautions t o limit the frequency in which they enter your life and the damage tha t they do while they're a part of it. O'Leary uses a mixes light-hearted humor with a fiercely intense attit ude to combine a business book and a self-help book in an exciting fas hion. One chapter might focus on a self-analysis, the next might be ab out personal stories from O'Leary's experiences, and the next about ma nagement. The book is well over 20 0 pages but reads at the speed of a book that's half that. I often fou nd myself reading several chapters in a sitting, which is a testament to the writers’ ability to hold rea ders interest. If there's a downsid e (and it's not much of one), it's that O'Leary is so brutally honest that it may rub some people wrong, especially those who fall into the Whiner and Weasel groups. Warriors, Workers, Whiners, and Wea sels: The 4 Personality Types in Bu siness and How to Manage Them to Yo ur Advantage by Tim O'Leary is a mu st read for every entrepreneur, bus iness owner, manager, and worker wi shing to learn more about themselve s, take advantage of their best tra its, and protect themselves from th ose who could sabotage their career.
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