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Reading List: Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye

Despite the puns and double entendres that stop short of irreparably annoying readers, the authors offer some helpful guidance about identifying and correcting weaknesses, personality quirks and insecurities–your "buts"–that may be standing in the way of our success. Authors Joe Azelby, managing director and CEO of JP Morgan’s Global Real Asset Group, and his younger brother, Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager of Amgen’s Oncology Business Unit, show how one little word—but—can provide a linguistic window into how others see us, offering an opportunity to reassess and make changes. For example, a colleague says, “Alexander is decisive, but he acts before thinking things through.” If you’re Alexander, you need to slow down or perhaps team up with a more analytical co-worker who will rein you in and curb your need for speed. Another example: “Michelle is dedicated, but she micromanages everything.” If you’re Michelle, examine your need for control and recognize that, above all, micromanaging is extremely inefficient. The authors present many more examples in Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye, as well as streetwise commonsense options to fix the problems.

by Joe Azelby and Bob Azelby

June

HarperBusiness; $25.99  

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