Eileen Berman uses two literary devices in her book, You’re Fired! The first is a carefully constructed narrative about a fired executive that she uses to describe her approach to rebuilding a shattered life. The man feels a loss of identity when he is laid off, fears the reaction of his wife and becomes intensely depressed before finally consulting a psychologist. The psychologist, unfortunately, introduces Berman’s second device: the Emotional House. The upshot: After getting fired, you need to rebuild your damaged Emotional House, which is constructed with the 7 C’s of courage, confidence, choice, communication ... you get the picture. The metaphor quickly becomes annoying, since the points that it’s used to illustrate are self-evident. Much more valuable are the self-quizzes that follow each chapter, which will certainly provide some much appreciated guidance to the recently downsized. It is primarily to this group that getabstract recommends Berman’s book, although these days, it might not be a bad idea for everyone to keep a copy stashed away - just in case.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to stop blaming yourself for losing your job;
- How to rebuild your Emotional House; and
- How to let go, move on and take control.
About the Author
Dr. Eileen L. Berman, a licensed psychologist, has practiced clinical and corporate psychology and management consulting in the U.S. and Australia. For ten years, she wrote a monthly column on stress and productivity for Business Digest and published the CEO Growletter. She now writes a monthly column for Industrial Management magazine and is the author of Building Productivity: 18 Blueprints for Success and Dealing Effectively With Job Loss.