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, business psychologist and researcher Timothy Butler offers strategies for moving beyond a career or personal-life impasse--by recognizing the state of impasse, awakening your imagination, recognizing patterns of meaning in your life, and taking action for change. Drawing on a wealth of stories about individuals who have successfully transitioned out of impasses, Getting Unstuck provides a practical, authoritative road map for moving past your immediate impasse--and defining a meaningful path forward.
Dr. Timothy Butler is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School. He teaches career coaching and consults to organizations worldwide on career development issues.
Introduction Part I: Impasse 1. Facing Crisis 2. Feeling Stuck and Doubting Ourselves 3. Letting Go and Opening Up 4. Shifting to a New Understanding Part II: Vision 5. The First Pattern in the Carpet: Our Deepest Interests 6. Letting Our Passions Guide Us 7. Three Interwoven Patterns: Power, People, Achievement 8. Patterns in the Sand: Working with What We Know about Ourselves Part III : Getting Unstuck 9. Moving From Impasse to Action 10. Living at the Border Appendices A. Continuing the Journey: An Annotated Bibliography B. Dealing with Depression C. Finding the Right Work Culture D. Scoring the One Hundred Jobs Exercise E. Chapter Notes