Getting Unstuck by Timothy Butler

Getting Unstuck

You will experience psychological impasse many times in your life. During these times, you have the sensation that you’re stuck or paralyzed. You’re convinced that something must change, whether in your work or personal life. Though this feeling is normal, you need to move beyond it. Failure to “get unstuck” can put your career and personal life—as well as the healthy functioning of your team or organization—at risk.In Getting Unstuck...


Details Getting Unstuck

TitleGetting Unstuck
ISBN9781422102251
Author
Release DateFeb 12th, 2007
PublisherHarvard Business Review Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Business, Psychology, Personal Development, Leadership
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Reviews Getting Unstuck

  • Unwisely
    1970-01-01
    Another of the disappearing reviews that I'm trying to reconstruct.This seemed awfully fluffer-nutter to me, but there were nuggets I liked. Not a waste of time but didn't really give me anything I could immediately use. The most useful part for me was the Appendix about is it depression or are you just stuck? Yeah, it's my job. Sigh.
  • Jay
    1970-01-01
    An OK book on dealing with personal crisis related to getting into ruts with your life. I appreciated the author’s experience at the Harvard Business School, working with students and consulting for these kinds of issues. I enjoyed the examples and thought they made a lot of sense. And I appreciated what I heard of the exercises. I listened to the audiobook version. The exercises, which were key to using this for self-analysis, were best read, ...
  • Donny Teeter
    1970-01-01
    Listened as an audiobook, plan to reread physical. A lot of good information and it's very interactive, just too much to digest as audiobook, not to mention there are many parts to stop and do optional exercises that are hard to do without the book. Looking forward to rereading it.
  • Brook
    1970-01-01
    The best part were its activities, especially the 100 Jobs Exercise (p.52-7, 191-4) and how it can be used. While I’ve had exposure to this before, the way the book tied in the basic interest dimensions (see p. 191-4) was beneficial.Other activities included:-Practicing Free Attention - p.43-Image Gathering - p. 68There is an audio walk through for both of these online. Both of these are a meditation walk through.Interest & Motivation Map - p. ...
  • Zuzana Vargová
    1970-01-01
    Comprehensive, to the point, based on science and very practical. This is how I believe self-helping literature should look like. Rather than a book of advice it’s a manual on how to identify, approach and use impasses to move forward - whether it means making an important decision, changing a job or making subtle lifestyle adjustments. I think I will, yet many times in the future, find use for this book and its excercises.
  • Vasco
    1970-01-01
    The bad: sometimes anecdotal examples don't fully present the author's theories. And I think there's a lot more to some of the points.The good: it's a book with interesting theories on how we come to dead ends and how to uncover our personal motivations. It's a kind of professional self-development book, not going too deep, but focusing instead on simple principles and answers.
  • Heather Larcombe
    1970-01-01
    Solid advice in usable format. Peppered with stories about actual people, intended to be illustrative? More interested in the tools than the stories, but there's no avoiding them in self help books.
  • Patrick
    1970-01-01
    The book looks for the reader to find meaning in what he does. It encourages to use the impasse of getting stuck in order to be more creative in ones life. Jung thought that by defining who we are we have limited our true potential. The accuser uses doubt during our impasse to hold us back from seeing our true potential.We all have a model on how things are, the key is when the old model no longer works is to let go of preconceived notions so new...
  • Jim Tincher
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought it was a bit too touchy-feely for me, but I grew to like it the more I read.The core to this book is a 100 Jobs exercise. He lists 100 jobs, and you select the ones that most excite you, regardless of pay, skills, etc. This then connects to themes around what you want in a job.My top themes were the Boss and the Persuader. He accurately called out that I like to think that what I say is what we shoul...
  • Danielle
    1970-01-01
    I really connected with this book. It puts 'being stuck' in psychological terms. There are exercises throughout that involve meditating and writing. So, if that's not so much your thing, you probably won't enjoy this book.This book is best read when you have chunks of quiet time alone. The exercises come every few pages and are best done in a place where you can think and write. I also found it helpful to have a trusted friend or family member th...
  • Chinarut Ruangchotvit
    1970-01-01
    Amazing book. Timothy has captured his career coaching process very well. While your mileage may vary, you may not get through this book in one sitting. I personally had to take 3 or 4 sizable breaks over the course of 3 months to just process the thoughts stimulated by the book. My recommendation is you stick with it - you won't regret it. The exercises are excellent - very thorough and methodical. Provided you finish the book with a commitment ...
  • Niki
    1970-01-01
    I did thoroughly enjoy this book and it gave me A LOT to think about. A very important thing to note about this book was its not necessarily about picking up and completely starting over. The concepts in this book can very easily be used in regards to your current job. Perhaps the department you are currently in does not fit your personality as well as it should, but another department does. This book helps you to realize that and give you the po...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    I gained a great deal from this book. It is a serious book, not a fluffy self-help book; it's good that it is serious but I did find I read it in short segments because of it. A lot of my new 'to read' books this week are his recommendations. In terms of the 'impasse' process he describes, my position falls towards the end of the book, but it was helpful to go back through my recent experiences and recognize myself in those chapters. His 'deep di...
  • Lisandra
    1970-01-01
    This book is lifechanging. I wish it had read it a few months ago when I was going through a period of impasse, uncertainty, and feeling stuck. I went to Harvard Business School, and the author is the Head of Career Development there, so we received the book for free in our mailboxes in 2008. I never read it. I went to all the career sessions Tim Butler hosted, and thought I didn't need to read the book. Boy was I wrong. Tim offers so much detail...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    This isn't your typical career book. Butler comes to career counseling from a psychoanalytical perspective so the meditations are more about allowing your intuition to work and let emotions and dreams help you identify what is making you stuck. I'm not a big fan of dream analysis, expecially since that is hard to do for your own dreams, but I appreciate the author's perspective of facing impass as emotional and spiritual as well as intellectual. ...
  • David Peters
    1970-01-01
    Meh. It was about a topic I liked and focused on anecdotes (which I prefer), but still I never really got into it. We grow by recognizing/accepting things as they are suck. We then make changes, grow, and eventually start over again. Ultimately we will not be happy if we let someone else call the shots. You must make changes; or something like that. I mean, that is what I got from it. Don't get me wrong, it was not a bad book; it just didn't do i...
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    Quite an interesting take on the "self-help" aisle--this one is written by a guy who teaches for one of the big schools of business (maybe Harvard, can't recall now) and he offers lots of real-world examples of people needing a few tools to help them get out of their rut. Most of the book applies to career changes (whether late in life or just out of college) but there is some psychology here that can apply to other big changes in life as well. Q...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    It's like having your own coach, cheerleader, therapist and guide all wrapped in one book. What makes Getting Unstuck outstanding is that it offers exercises and activities mixed in with personal stories of others. The anecdotes of people going through similar experiences gives the exercises context. Reading this book is a great solution when hiring your own career advisor and counselor isn't an option.Finally, the tagline "How Dead Ends Become N...
  • Joseph Mole
    1970-01-01
    This was, without question, the most helpful book I've read on making life decisions that are in line with one's mission and vision. Using some unconventional tactics involving visioning, imaging, etc., the author helps the reader dig much deeper to get at the root of one's "stuck-ness" and then move forward with a better grasp of what one's life should look like. I have a terrible time with major life decisions, and this book really helped me to...
  • Bea Elwood
    1970-01-01
    I think I would have found this book more inspiring a few years ago, but still found the descriptions of impasse and its emotional toll to be spot on. I was at an impasse (maybe more than once) and eventually fumbled my way to doing some of the things this book outlines - which is why I say I wish I had found it a few years ago. I still found great value in the about 2/3 of the book with that one 1/3 having to do more with being actively stuck.
  • Smallerdemon
    1970-01-01
    I wouldn't exactly get zealous about the book and say it provides the sure fire way to get answer to the hard questions of being at an impasse at life, but he certainly provides some great tools to give you some change of focus or change of perspective. I have found it useful for getting through my own impasse. If you're feeling "stuck" in your life, this is certainly a good part of a larger set of tools to have on hand for figuring things out.
  • Claire
    1970-01-01
    the basic tenets of the book (e.g. reflecting on deep life interests as opposed to work roles) are helpful. some of the exercises are hard to follow in the way they're written, and there are aspects that are not clear and defined enough (e.g. should we be going with our gut when isolating our top personal passions, or allowing the results of the exercises to guide us, even if the results seem skewed?).
  • Alisha Vanyali
    1970-01-01
    As a draft it's illuminating in the way it explains the complete procedure of how things get stuck and the stages one's psych goes through in dealing with it. I really appreciate the undertone of sympathetic discernment with which the whole text has been written with.All in all worth a place in your book shelf if you are a fan of this genre.
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    I thought I'd already reviewed this but I guess not. This isn't your typical self-help book, nor your typical career book. It's quite a serious and intense book, and/but very helpful. Lots of practicality to it.
  • Kiki von Cougar
    1970-01-01
    I had a difficult time getting through this book. While it affirmed what I already know about myself (I'm a creative person who wants to work in a creative field), there wasn't enough advice about how to use this self-knowledge to transcend the mucky, hellish bog of a job I am currently stuck in.
  • Alison
    1970-01-01
    Great book to guide you through the "stuck" feeling. Throughout the book there are suggested activities for you to explore options that you have known about along, but never gave a second thought. Get it in print as the will be a book that you will write in and periodically flip through later.
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    This was nice to read because it helped set parameters for changing careers in mid life. I also had an aha moment when I read about the different personality types and realized that I was more of a creative than I had ever given myself credit for before.
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    Liked it. Butler helps readers see times of impasse as necessary catalysts for life change. He walks through several stages of the impasse experience and gives practical exercises to help readers learn lessons at each stage.
  • Aline
    1970-01-01
    The book has very hands on exercises in each chapter, which is what mostly differs it from other fluffy books. I've been stuck for a while and this was the book that actually got me to finally understand what was missing and what I need. 100% recommend it.