How Your Father's Legacy Impacts Your Career
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
Does your career seem to be stalled or headed down a dead
end street? Do you have frequent problems interacting with
subordinates, bosses, or fellow employees? Do "gender
issues" seem to interfere with your day-to-day work? Do you
feel that your efforts go unnoticed by the "higher ups"? Do
you secretly want a different career? These and other types
of seemingly endless interpersonal work issues, struggles,
and challenges in your career can be directly connected to
what respected psychologist Stephan B. Poulter calls the
The father factor is the conscious understanding, awareness,
and appreciation of the critical influence that your father
had, still has, or could have in your career development and
future potential. Noting that the father-son or
father-daughter relationship is one of the least understood
relationships in adult life, Dr. Poulter helps you become
acutely aware of the immeasurable impact (negative or
positive) that your father has on your ability to relate to
other people. From this recognition you will also learn to
move past the career roadblocks that frequently stem from
the lingering effects of your father’s influence.
Defining five main styles of fathering, Dr. Poulter devotes
a chapter each to: · The Superachiever Father · The Time
Bomb Father · The Passive Father · The Absent Father
(whether physically or emotionally) · The Compassionate /
Mentor Father. By becoming aware of how your father related
to you, particularly in a destructive relationship, you’ll
understand how your career relationships in many ways mirror
your degree of comfort with your father’s emotional legacy.
In this way, career roadblocks—often based on interactions
with people on the job—will be more easily transformed into
career building blocks that will lead to advancement and
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