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Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster

"Working With You is Killing Me"

  Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster
  John Bahcall Auditorium
  2:00 pm November 17, 2016



Organizational change can be stressful. Instead of it bringing out the best in people, feelings of uncertainty can trigger behaviors that are challenging to deal with. Whether it’s an irritating co-worker, a difficult boss, an unruly employee, or an inept department, certain people and situations trigger strong negative internal reactions in us at work.

Based on their bestselling book, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster explain how to recognize when someone or something “hooks” you, and offer concrete methods for freeing yourself from emotional traps at work. In this lecture, you will:

Using these tools and tips, you can learn to successfully navigate your way through change, challenge, and conflict in the workplace without letting it affect you personally.

Katherine Crowley, a Harvard trained psychotherapist, and Kathi Elster, a management consultant and executive coach, are seasoned guides in the area of professional fulfillment through self-awareness and self-management. Together they’ve written Working with You Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work; Working For You Isn’t Working For Me: How to Get Ahead When Your Boss Holds You Back; and Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal. They are also the co-hosts of the popular podcast "My Crazy Office". Kathi and Katherine own and operate K Squared Enterprises, a New York City based consulting firm.