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#Review ~ How To Be Resilient In Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work by Dr. Helen Ofosu ~ Business / Careers / Management / Leadership ~ @drheleno_ca @pumpupyourbook

An essential guide that equips readers with a knowledge base to make informed decisions around building and sustaining a thriving and resilient career.

Title: How To Be Resilient In Your Career:
Facing Up to Barriers at Work
Author: Dr. Helen Ofosu

Publication Date: February 23, 2023
Pages: 196 (7 hrs. 30 min. on Audible)
Genre: Business / Careers / Management / Leadership

About the Book:

How To Be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work shares vital career advice to help professionals navigate common "internally disruptive" career experiences such as harassment and bullying, imposter syndrome, membership in an underrepresented group, toxic workplaces, discrimination, and more.

Dr. Helen Ofosu draws on twenty years of helping employers acquire talent and coaching professionals through difficult career choices to unpack these layered and complicated issues in an easy-to-follow way. Dealing with the dark side of management, the book outlines various issues that can occur in the workplace, or during a person's career journey, and offers practical advice on how to overcome these obstacles and setbacks. Using her considerable HR experience, Dr. Ofosu also offers coveted insights from the employer's point of view. For people who have already tried other options to resolve their complicated career issues, this book offers an essential guide that equips readers with a knowledge base to make informed decisions around building and sustaining a thriving and resilient career.

How to be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work is a reliable resource presented with nuance, depth, and specificity. Psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and HR professionals who are looking for effective advice when supporting people struggling with these issues, will greatly benefit from this book, as will early career professionals, and established earners looking to resolve their career issues.

My Review:

How to be Resilient in Your Career is a fantastic non-fiction career guide. Many of the chapters and topics resonated with me. The One That Got Away: Being Passed Over For Promotion hit me hard as I've been in that situation. The discussion on toxic workplaces took me back to my previous life and career where I worked in an environment full of disrespect, nepotism, harassment/hostility, and blurred boundaries.

The author focuses on describing the scenarios and issues that can be encountered in the workplace. The author provides practical information and guidance on maneuvering around and through roadblocks. The content of How To Be Resilient In Your Career is valuable and practical. The author provides wonderful insight into barriers faced at work and uses her experiences, education, and knowledge to discuss how everyone can navigate the less-than-stellar issues and problems that occur at work.

I was enthralled as I followed Dr. Ofosu through the pages of her book.

I was provided a copy of this book.

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Read a Book Excerpt:

As a Work and Business Psychologist, I have seen the immense value of using psychometric testing to support my clients’ efforts. Psychometric tests provide test-takers with objective feedback about themselves. Depending on the test, it can give insights into someone’s personality and how that may impact their relationships with their peers, subordinates, superiors, clients, etc. In terms of personality tests, I prefer those that measure or are linked to the "Big Five" Factors or traits of personality sometimes known by the acronym OCEAN or CANOE. Regardless of the preferred acronym, the letters stand for Openness to experience (intellectually curious, imaginative, and spontaneous vs. practical, confentional, and preferring routine), Conscientiousness (discliplined, dependable, and careful vs. spontantaneous and disorganized), Extraversion (warm, sociable, and emotionally expressive vs. reserved and thoughtful), Agreeableness (trusting, helpful, and empathetic vs. critical, suspicious, and uncooperative), and Neuroticism (anxious and prone to negative emotions vs. calm, even-tempered, and secure). Each of us will fall somewhere on a continuum for each of these traits and these qualities are stable across our lifetime.

About the Author:

In good times and bad, resilience is one of the major keys to success – including career success. Dr. Helen Ofosu believes this applies to employees and entrepreneurs, individual contributors, subject matter experts, leaders, and executives.

That’s why her approach to career and executive coaching is to help people get ahead in a way that insulates them from future setbacks – or recover if things have gone sideways. This is also why, as a consultant, she helps organizations become stronger and more resilient, so they are ready for both the anticipated and the unexpected challenges that all organizations face at some point.

Part of what sets her apart from many career and executive coaches is her experience on the inside, as an HR and professional development professional, within large corporate workplaces and her intimate knowledge of typical HR processes and systems.

Clients come to her when the stakes are high. They can count on her to share insights and customized services that few others can deliver. They love that she has developed countless hiring tools and helped to resolve many HR problems over the years.

Her “insider” experience gives her clients an edge in getting hired and promoted in the public (and private) sector, and in managing their careers as they progress.

And as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (her field is more commonly known as Work and Business Psychology), she takes an evidence-based approach by using the latest research and best practices to increase the odds of her clients’ success.

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