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  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781576755761
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

The Compromise Trap



Healthy compromise is necessary for accomplishing any meaningful goal with other people. But when your job presses you to betray your word, your principles, or other important commitments, it becomes profoundly unhealthy and deeply stressful. And it can happen even while working for an organization or leader you otherwise respect and admire.

Elizabeth Doty offers the antidote: redefining the game. When you feel pressured to play by rules that undermine your integrity, Doty shows how you can tap into six personal foundations that will allow you to stay true to your deepest values and aspirations. Through more than fifty vivid firsthand accounts of compromise and courage in business, she provides guidance for anyone at any organizational level who wants to act with greater clarity, strength, and purpose, as well as for senior leaders striving to lead organizations that allow people to remain true to themselves. The Compromise Trap details a strategy that enables you to remain a positive force—for yourself and whatever you define as the greater good—no matter how difficult the circumstances.

  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781576755761
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

Praise for The Compromise Trap

“The Compromise Trap will confirm the experience of all who work in systems. It is insightful and well written and aims us in the right direction.” —Peter Block, author of Stewardship and The Answer to How Is Yes “Human nature has a strong compassionate, cooperative base that needs to be rediscovered. Elizabeth Doty’s systemic and realistic approach provides guidance on how we can make the world a better place for everyone, not just for ourselves.” —Napier Collyns, cofounder, Global Business Network “The Compromise Trap is thoughtful, pragmatic, and provocative and a pleasure to read.” —Joseph L. Badaracco Jr., John Shad Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School “Elizabeth Doty has brought greater depth of understanding to one of the major dilemmas of organizational life: what causes people to do what they believe is not right? I hope this book encourages everyone to avoid the compromise trap and provides leaders with insight that will help them create healthy organizations where people and the business thrive.” —Nancy Southern, Chair, Organizational Systems Program, Saybrook Graduate School “The Compromise Trap clearly and directly addresses an essential principle for navigating toward a more sustainable economy—acting from the center. Without acting from what is true for each of us, our collective actions may not realize our intentions, which is a great risk indeed.” —Stacey Smith, Managing Director, Advisory Services, BSR “An engaging and easy-to-understand analysis of the traps we weave at work and, frankly, in our daily lives. This book is relevant to anyone looking to ‘redefine the game.’ With the ethics breakdowns in business over the past decade, it is a must-read for every business school student and businessperson up to and including the C-suite and the board.” —Steven F. McCann, retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Longs Drugs Stores “The Compromise Trap reveals the pandemic of incremental soul- selling in the workplace, as people compromise bit by bit until one day they wake up in disbelief at the full cost. Read this book and liberate yourself and your colleagues from the indentured spiritual servitude that sometimes seems required to earn a living. A how-to on the emancipation of the soul at work.” —John Renesch, businessman-turned-futurist, senior executive adviser, and author of Getting to the Better Future “I agree with Doty: you cannot outsource your integrity to your leader. The Compromise Trap is an important book, not only for our corporate lives, but also for our health and wholeness as a society.” —Roger Saillant, former senior executive, Ford Motor Company “Elizabeth Doty has touched on one of the often-secret dilemmas of organizational life: how to stay true to your deeper ‘knowing’ as you navigate the delicate terrain of organizational politics, ethical forks in the road, personal well-being, and competing loyalties. Her pioneering illumination of practical steps we can take, both individually and collectively, to embrace the higher possibilities inherent in even the most difficult situations is a great contribution to organizational leaders and members everywhere. Brava!” —Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, cofounders, The World Café, and coauthors of The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter “Stephen Covey once told me, ‘Integrity is the value you place on your relationship with yourself.’ The Compromise Trap addresses how to deal with the small temptations that chip away at that value and shows us how to protect the integrity and purpose in our lives. The Compromise Trap is absorbing and entertaining, but, most important, it’s a book for our times.” —Mike Harvey, Change Facilitator, Dow Chemical Company “Doty explores the tangles of thought, feeling, loyalty, and pain that we all carry in our hearts. How do I rationalize my values with those of my organization? What do I do when they are in conflict? Can I fully participate in the moves of the organization while still honoring my deepest values? This book offers us a way to think about that trap and six valuable tools for setting our own path, shedding light on a powerful hidden force that slows much of our individual and shared success.” —Herb Wimmer, retired Facility Manager, Chevron Corporation

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