Growing Up at Work

How to Transform Personally, Evolve Professionally, and Lead Authentically

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
232 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2021
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Author Biography

The lead author of Growing Up at Work, Yael C. Sivi, LCSW, is an executive coach and a Gestalt psychotherapist. Her expertise is helping people grow psychologically so they can lead with greater integrity and relate more authentically to others. Yael’s work takes place at the intersection of professional growth and personal transformation. For two decades, Yael has worked with thousands of employees, managers, and leaders in Fortune 1000 companies and nonprofit organizations on topics related to authentic leadership, emotional intelligence, and conscious collaboration.

The co-author of Growing Up at Work, Yosh C. Beier, MSC, trained as a scientist, consultant, mediator, and therapist. He brings a highly interdisciplinary background to his role of executive coach and consultant. Combining analytical skills, systemic thinking, and a deep understanding of human behavior, Yosh speaks both the language of human and organizational dynamics. A native of Germany who moved to New York, he has worked as an executive and leadership coach for nearly two decades—and brings his experience as a global organizational effectiveness consultant and high-performance team coach to his engagements. Yosh has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies and various nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. He is a managing partner and cofounder of Collaborative Coaching. Yosh has served as the board chair of a Buddhist nonprofit organization, as well as heading its strategic planning committee, among other roles.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Growing Up at Work: How to Transform Personally, Evolve Professionally, and Lead Authentically by Yael C. Sivi and Yosh C. Beier is a leadership book that offers groundbreaking advice on leading one’s self and leading others in an authentic manner. In this book, the authors present the workplace as an avenue for self-exploration and growth at many different levels. While readers navigate through interpersonal and professional relationships, they are presented with the opportunity to discover themselves even better, and this book shows how readers can discover deeper layers of their personality, develop their emotional intelligence, and transform into leaders who develop strong and healthy employees and high performing teams.

This is not another run-of-the-mill book on leadership, but one that drills down to granular steps, practices, skills, and attitudes of mind that create effective leaders and growth in employees. The authors challenge readers to grow in self-awareness and to take inner work seriously because authentic growth starts from inside. This is a book for people who want to grow, who desire to have a healthy, positive influence on others, and anyone who takes their personal growth seriously. As one reads, one begins to understand the link between personal growth and positive influence and the fact that no successful leader takes their own growth lightly. The book presents powerful tools for self-growth and for developing the skills of effective leadership.

Yael C. Sivi and Yosh C. Beier are co-founders of Collaborative Coaching, a New York-based executive coaching and consulting firm and they have developed techniques that allow leaders and employees to evolve as they interact with each other at work, exploring deeper levels of growth. The book addresses some of the challenges that leaders face, like how to handle conflict, how to face their sense of inadequacy, how to deal with the disturbing feeling of being left out, facing the lack of trust, and more. The book is well-written, well-researched, and it features real-life stories and scenarios that resonate with many readers. This book is a gold mine for anyone who wants to be an effective leader.