Leadership, Management & leadership

The Pleasure and the Pain

You can choose your friends... but not your colleagues.

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*This book was voted as number 5 on the Guardian list of “Five must-reads for charity workers”.

How can you be a good workmate? Even more challenging, how can you be a good boss?

This informative but irreverent book offers you the key skills for working as part of a team, tackling prejudices (including your own) and how to make your working life run more smoothly.

It features years of research into how people interact in teams, along with examples and advice for working together more effectively.

You’ll learn how to identify what makes people tick, and how to play to their strengths to get the job done. You’ll turn the sometimes painful process of working with people into a real pleasure!

Who should buy this book?

Anyone who works in teams, particularly if you’ve found it difficult working closely with other people or need to manage your team more effectively.

It’s particularly useful for senior managers, department heads and chief executives.

What does it cover?

Gain from years of research and evidence.

  • Practical advice, plus exercises to carry out alone – and with your team.
  • Based on solid academic and business theories about people management.
  • Examples of real life human stories.
  • Pinning down your aims and what you can realistically expect from people when they work together.

‘Debra Allcock Tyler has tackled a huge subject with real professionalism.’

Lindsay Boswell, CEO FareShare and former Chief Executive, Institute of Fundraising

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Have a look inside ‘The Pleasure and the Pain’

About the author

Debra Allcock Tyler

Debra has been the Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change since 2001. She is also founder chair and trustee of the Small Charities Coalition, a trustee of In-Kind Direct, a patron of the Charity Staff Foundation and Vice Chair of Governors of White Knights Primary School. Debra was a member of the Charity Commission’s SORP Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA). She is a member of the Royal Institution and Liberty. She was appointed a Special Ambassador for Girlguiding UK as a result of her work with the Commonwealth Chief Commissioners.

Debra is an internationally published author and her publications for Directory of Social Change include It’s Tough at the Top and The Pleasure and the Pain.

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