Helping People Survive In Business

I am currently editing my  book, Danger Quicksand РHave A Nice Day, for publication on Kindle and I expect it will be a few weeks before it is available for download.

In the meantime, I am sharing chapters with you so you can see why this book is still being read after 14 years out of print. This chapter is titled, “Why Good Jobs End Badly”.

Why Good Jobs End Badly

Every so often we fall into a position that draws upon all of our strengths. It seems like the opportunity of a lifetime and it is something we can excel at. We understand the job description and are encouraged to make changes which will benefit the company immensely.

So, what’s wrong with this picture?
The problem is that we don’t really understand what is needed and wanted, because the company doesn’t either! In the usual situation, the company has not thought the matter through and they want desirable changes to occur without altering any of the things they are happy with.

This is what generally happens:
We throw all our creativity into this new opportunity and create changes which are viewed with apprehension, so we throttle back to create changes which are acceptable.

Our changes may have actually increased business volume and profitability, but we keep getting pressure to make fewer waves while fixing the situation we were hired to fix. The demonstrable fact that business and profits are increasing gets lost because of the culture shock propagating through the organization from our changes.

So, we work harder and try to make our changes more palatable and before we know it we are trying to stay off the radar so that we can get our job done without upsetting management.

Basically we try to make ourselves smaller and work more slowly and more carefully so that we can fit in. This takes up more time, as it is far less efficient, and we spend more time working and less time living.

Meanwhile our resentment is building up and we become much less cheerful. we have put ourselves in a box of our own making and it affects every aspect of our lives. It invariably ends with our voluntary or involuntary departure. It can even involve a return to a less remunerative, but happier existence.

Corporations, like friends, have quirks (insanities) that can be avoided if you know they are there. If you can avoid triggering their insanities by your actions, you can deal with these companies and expect rational results. If you know what you are up against, you can set expectations for them and for yourself that can be realized.

You can break free from this destructive pattern by discovering what you are doing, or not doing, that gives it power over you. You may be doing yourself a disservice by starting work when you do not have a clear picture of what is needed.

You may have a picture of what is needed, but you may be the kind of person who does not take time to find out who rules the roost in your new company. Sometimes you are hired by someone who really needs you, and appreciates you, but your presence is a threat to someone who can make your life miserable. Get hired, by all means. Just tread carefully until you know who to trust and who to avoid.

I spent many years happily working in insane environments, because I was shielded from the insanity by good and courageous managers. Getting promoted and becoming visible changed two great jobs into intolerable ordeals.

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Back to Helping People Survive in Business

I started blogging many years ago when I left Sun Microsystems and self published a book that has been downloaded many thousands of times. This book, Danger Quicksand – Have A Nice Day was intended for the professional employee who has had enough experience to observe that dedication and hard work are not always a guarantee of success, and wonders what can be done to even the playing field.

It is being made available again so that those of you who are struggling to overcome work-related difficulties will have every chance to set things right again, no matter what your current financial situation is.

I will be republishing Danger Quicksand as a Kindle book on and will make it available as a Kindle Unlimited version also.

Here is a sample chapter:

The Good Workplace

You are going to read about some destructive work environments later in this book, so I would like to start by describing what makes a good workplace and a healthy working environment. This description is based on actual observation of several excellent workplaces I was fortunate enough to experience.

Even though it is now years later, I still revere the managers and CEOs who created these working environments and held them together against all odds.

A good workplace makes you feel a sense of purpose when you enter it. You see busy people who still take time to smile and make you feel welcome.

You are part of a team or group that is small enough for you to easily approach your manager on a one-to-one basis and discuss matters openly. You have a group to call your own and are not a lone employee in a vast sea of other individuals. The organization consists of many small teams which are organized into larger and larger groups and divisions. I

n a good workplace, there is camaraderie within the group. Your manager inspires you to excel and your contributions are appropriately acknowledged. You are made to feel like a vital part of the group and you find yourself helping others at every opportunity.

Your manager knows what you are doing and communicates his expectations clearly. Your manager inspires respect and loyalty by his everyday actions. You feel great pride being in your particular group.

Finally, a good workplace is one in which you know you have a future and you work hard to create it. The culture is one which you wholeheartedly support.

Good workplaces are not invulnerable. They can be brought down by action from within or from outside. Since these good organizations often grow rapidly, they sometimes recruit those who do not respect the existing culture. These people can pervert the culture and destroy the company from within.

Do what you can to keep a good workplace thriving by maintaining the culture that makes it work. Once the culture is destroyed, it rarely can be restored.

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Webinar 8-25-19 Using SRT to Achieve Selective Behavioral Changes

Spiritual Rescue Technology can change a person’s behavior by freeing one or more of his spiritual companions from obsessive or compulsive behavior.

Compulsive behaviors are reactions to thoughts or events that a person is unable to stop or control. Obsessive thinking is an inability to gain control over recurrent, distressing thoughts and images.

We are all surrounded by beings who have been overwhelmed by life to the extent that they no longer choose to have bodies of their own. Instead, they choose to accompany us through our lives either as passive spectators or as active advisors. In either capacity, they tend to influence our behavior in greater or lesser degree.

How can you determine whether your behavior is being controlled by another being? Try changing the behavior in a significant way and see what happens. If you are controlling the behavior, an objective assessment of the behavior and its contribution to your survival will enable you to change the behavior to increase your survival potential.

If you struggle to change your behavior and are not able to do that, the behavior is being controlled by a spirit other than yourself. If you can stop some pleasurable behavior like smoking tobacco or marijuana, drinking alcoholic beverages, or taking recreational drugs, your behavior is under your control. If you cannot stop a particular behavior at will, you are being controlled by spirits.

I have found that one can achieve behavioral changes through spiritual counseling delivered by others and through Solo Spiritual Counseling sessions as well. For the sake of this webinar, I would like to discuss the steps we can use to change behavior in solo sessions.

Step 1. Identify the behavior you wish to change. This can be far more difficult than you might expect.

Step 2. Identify the source of the behavior. This can be very difficult.

Step 3. Locate the source of the behavior. This will bring a little relief as the location is spotted. In some cases, the source of the behavior will vanish on being spotted and your desire to continue the behavior vanishes. Do not overrun the process of this occurs. Note down any realizations when this occurs and end off the solo session.

Step 4. Choose an activity that was not possible before changing the behavior and do it until you feel confident that your behavior is permanently changed.

Step 5. If the urge to repeat the behavior returns, repeat Steps 1-4 until you are certain that you have changed the behavior.

Step 6. Share your successful actions with others in the SRT group.

We will be discussing this process in the webinar on Sunday 8-25-19.

Join me on Zoom at 12 noon Sunday 8-25-19 using this link:

There is a $10 donation for the webinar, and if you have not already paid, please use this link:

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Free Workshop – Using SRT To Change The Way People Feel About You

I have not put enough emphasis on the effects your spiritual companions create on others. If you have been successful in life, you have been focused enough that you have accomplished things even when your spiritual companions were working against you.

If you are not being successful, it is probably because your spiritual companions are acting in ways that scare people off.

Here are some clues that spirits are messing with your relationships:

  • The magic you used to have seems to be broken
  • When you reach out to people, they avoid you or fail to respond to your efforts to communicate.
  • People do not seem to like you as much as they used to.
  • You do not get much praise or admiration for the work you do

You may have reached a state of awareness that allows you to perceive when spirits are interfering with your thoughts, but it takes another level of awareness to perceive that your spirits are irritating and antagonizing the people you live and work with.

In this free workshop, you are going to get an education in detecting and handling the unseen factors that are ruining your career and social life.

Live it up. Join me Saturday at 12 noon EDT on Zoom using this link:

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