Book Recommendation From Dan Beaulieu
Talking to Crazy: How to deal with the irrational and impossible people in your life
By Mark Goulston
Copyright 2016 Amacom
Pages: 259 with index
A Surprisingly informative and pertinent book
Yes, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Mark Goulston/s new book Talking to Crazy: How to deal with the irrational and impossible people in your life. I picked it up because I thought it would be a smile. I also thought I might just get something out of it because yes like the all of us I know some pretty crazy people. But I was stunned by how effective the advice in this book was and how much it pertained to my business life as a consultant.
Okay we call know crazy, we all know people who are somewhat irrational or even more completely bonkers! But we don’t know how to deal with them right? Well put that in the past tense, we did not know how to deal with them until this new book came along.
Author Goulston is a psychiatrist as well as business coach so he can write about both sides of an issue. He explains why people act the way they do and how to deal with them.
I especially liked his case studies where he used real-life examples to show us how to act with certain people with specific disorders. There is an example of the “older” software developer who has to deal with a bunch of young Turks who start working with him and want to change everything he has worked on for 15 years. He finds himself getting madder and madder until he starts using a technique he learned from his wide who learned it from Dr. Goulston. Levels with them explains the way he feels apologizes and asks for their help in attaining middle ground where they all benefit from one another’s cooperation thus in the end producing a better product.
This is just one many examples of how to deal with tough people in tough situations.
I strongly recommend that you buy this book, read it and keep it handy because you will find it infinitely useful no matter what profession or life situation you are in; this is good book to have around