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Good Self, Bad Self

How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


From the real-life crisis expert who inspired ABC’s Scandal.

Everyone must learn to live with personal missteps. Whether you’ve put yourself in an awkward situation, or you find that you’ve unwittingly created a full-blown crisis, Judy Smith is here to teach you how to look within to diffuse, mitigate, and resolve issues at their root.

Good Self, Bad Self will teach you how to face and overcome potential problems before they send your life spinning out of control. Using the straightforward and incredibly effective POWER model—which incorporates the same strategies Judy uses with her high-profile clients—you can learn to master and expertly handle any sticky situation in your own life. Smith distills years of experience, sharing tools we all need to face our mistakes and overcome them.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 20, 2012 – A prominent professional crisis manager who has helped numerous CEOs, politicos, and celebrities cope with their messy lives, Smith believes that the same traits that make people successful in their personal and business lives also get them into trouble. The root causes of most crises often lie in an imbalance in one of seven traits that make up the good self/bad self: ego, denial, fear, ambition, accommodation, patience, and indulgence. To make sure your defining traits work to your advantage, Smith tells readers to employ her mnemonic device, the POWER Approach: Pinpoint which trait is in play; Own that the trait can be good and bad; Work it through and process the role the trait has played in your life; Explore how the trait could play out in the future; and Rein in the trait to achieve balance and control. Smith applies her technique to such scenarios as how Johnson & Johnson s successfully handled its tainted-drug crisis and actor Rob Lowe s patience when a sex tape derailed his career. Although her case studies are instructive and much of Smith s advice is sound, albeit familiar, her POWER Approach feels unwieldy and better suited to accompany her services as a crisis manager than as a do-it-yourself program.

Customer Reviews

Not a self-help book reader, but...

Normally, self-help books seem to fit into the same mold: Author develops a single creed and takes 200 pages to say something that could be summed up in 20. Not so with this excellent book by Judy Smith. In it, Smith explains the myriad ways we can all be our worst enemies, and how our best qualities, run amok, can turn into our worst. Using real life examples and clear explanations, she offers very useful advice and methods to avoid turning our bests into our worsts. She writes in a way that is both smart and factual and, at the same time, personal and compassionate.

It's easy to see why the powerful call on her to steady their lives in the midst of crisis. However, it's clear from this book that her advice and wisdom have just as useful applications for us regular folk facing our own turmoil.

What a book!!!

First a thank you to Judy Smith for taking the time to share her knowledge with the public. This book has given me a great insight to myself and has helped me accomplish and work on goals for myself. Learning how to have patience with myself first. Thank you, you are the best at what you do.

Good Self, Bad Self
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self-Improvement
  • Published: Apr 03, 2012
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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