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How to encourage personal responsibility and eliminate entitlement at work

Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA, is a renowned professional speaker who addresses, among other topics, the business value of personal accountability at work. When leaders and workers are held personally responsible for their choices, results improve -- and the entitlement mentality is abolished. In The Reactor Factor, Petrie Sue combines her proven lessons on accountability from interviews with key business leaders to help readers understand how to maximize success and turn negative situations into positive business results, whether a leader or employee.

This book shows you how to take charge of your professional future for long-term success. Petrie Sue guides you through the ongoing process of personal development and growth that will guarantee success for your career and organization.

  • Marsha Petrie Sue is also the author of Toxic People: Decontaminate Difficult People Without Using Weapons and Duct Tape
  • Teaches you how to make better decisions to achieve your goals
  • Provides the skills and tactics you need to handle any situation at work
  • Helps you focus on your strengths and remove blame
  • Shows you how to learn from the past to improve your professional future

The Reactor Factor is a practical and real-world guide to forging ahead professionally while improving your career, satisfaction, and success.

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Author: Marsha Petrie Sue
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: October 19, 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 0470490063
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5An Energy Generator  Nov 18, 2009
By David Rawles "Career Guy"
This book is explosive and the best of Marsha Petrie Sue's efforts! The Reactor Factor combines the isotopes of humor, straight-talk, and wisdom into a powerful fusion blast! There is more power between the pages of this book than any self-help career guide on the market. Each particle of knowledge is as basic as any atomic elements, but they are presented in a manner where atomic fusion is created and megatons of energy are safely released.

Her universally sound, "Take it, Leave it or Change it," is advice which can profoundly improve the effectiveness you may acheive when interacting with those who otherwise would cause you to go Nuclear. The formula is simple, but prophetic.

Whether dealing with the human thinking process, satisfying one's boss, presentation skills, or customer service, you can avoid the uncontrollable nuclear chain reacton and a major meltdown, by learning and following the advice Marsha is dispensing here. The atomic particles in The Reactor Factor are your key to energy generation in a safe mode, without radioactive decay.

Get the book. I enjoyed every chapter!

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5The Reactor Factor----A must have for all managers/leaders  Nov 07, 2009
By Fosterangel
Being a fan of Marsha's no-nonsense writing and practical wisdom since I first read her book, The C.E.O. of YOU, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest book, The Reactor Factor. I started to read it cover-to-cover then as a "list"aholic I started browsing through the book at the different lists and topics. I swiftly emailed Sue for the list link for the 52 Lessons Learned.
As managers and leaders, we like to put our fingers on needed references quickly. One particular benefit about this book is how meticulously Sue is about making it easy for the reader to reference the book by topics. You don't have to wonder "now where did I read that".
Sue has taken you straight to the heart of multiple people issues and complimented it by valuable contributions from other professionals. This book will fast become a standard read for management groups and new leaders.

5 of 7 found the following review helpful:

5The Reactor Factor  Oct 25, 2009
By Michelle K. Malsbury "Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM"
Marcia Petrie Sue, Author
The Reactor Factor
Wiley and Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-49006-8
Non-Fiction-business, self-help, human resources
220 pages
October 2009 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
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Marcia Petrie Sue, author of The Reactor Factor, holds an MBA and is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a very select designation for worldwide professional speakers. She conducts workshops and seminars to help people and businesses become their personal/professional best. She offers CD's, audio recordings, and DVD's to help translate her workshop/seminar tools and wealth of information into your professional or personal situations. Marcia Petrie Sue lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona. They enjoy bird watching, hiking, angling, gardening, photography, and golf. Ms. Sue provides more resources/tools on her web site at [...].

Chapter one (2009, p.1) "is all about making decisions to get better outcomes..." . Mrs. Sue says there are three choices: "take it, leave it, or change it." She calls these the TLC's. TLC's mean that the decider [you] has to "take personal responsibility and be accountable for [their] actions." The Reactor Factor will help you to [paraphrase] change negative situations into positive outcomes. It is Mrs. Sue's hope to help people "understand what you can control" and to become more informed about how you make your decisions.

Each chapter provides the reader with multiple examples along with a variety of possible outcomes. The reader is challenged to create their own plan according to those specific examples. There are also charts, scorecards, and questionnaires throughout the book to help the reader to ascertain how they might react to, or navigate through, any given situation. The idea is to respond [positive outcome] instead of react [negative outcome]. Definitions for both are provided so readers can clearly understand the differences and make their plans accordingly. (2009, p.48)

Chapter four delves into what leaders want from their subordinates. Mrs. Sue states that leaders (2009, p.63) [paraphrase] need to be specific when they outline what tools, traits, or skills is needed for their team. For this portion she uses what she calls the "three C's: (p.66) commitment, contribution, and communication". The best fit comes from both parties knowing exactly what is expected of them and being able to achieve that to the best of one's abilities.

Mrs. Sue talks about how overweight people oftentimes get passed over for promotions even if they are capable of taking on that new responsibility and that obesity is the number one reason why insurance premiums are rising faster than inflation. (2009, ch.5) There is a long list of what health risks are posed by overweight children and adults. (p.80) She goes on to talk about how office politics can diminish your authority and power by [paraphrase, p.95] sucking you into toxic situations. In order to overcome this toxic situation one should (paraphrase, p.99)....listen more than you talk. There are tips for how navigate the minefield of office gossip and how to network for success in the workplace as well as how to conduct an efficient meeting and what to do if you should find yourself unemployed and searching for the perfect job fit.

Mrs. Sue believes (paraphrase, p. 194) that what your mind conceives is what will manifest in your life, so the more positive your mindset the more positive the outcome [theoretically speaking]. Due to our current economic landscape there are many people who are having financial difficulties. There are eight tips that Mrs. Sue suggests can help one get out of bad financial times: (2009, p.205-6) use debit cards only, cut up credit cards, drive-by instead of shopping, save, comparison shop, and use the 20 percent rule -"...debt load....should not exceed 20 percent of your yearly after-tax income." Great advice in my esteem!

The book rounds out with recapping the lessons learned, and highlighting the professional connections that all readers can take advantage of to get ahead in their professional and personal lives. (2009, p.200-218) Personally, I believe that Mrs. Sue did an excellent job of outlining what each of us can do to take control of our destinies, how we can learn how to respond instead of merely reacting to what occurs in our lives, and the benefits of networking for professional success.

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

5A "read and read again" type book  Nov 04, 2009
By DebTheFan
I have the Reactor Factor and went through it kind of quickly as Marsha provides a format that is "easy to read." Now I"m going through the book again, with a highlighter, and taking notes along the way to share with friends and family. Just today I came across a note from book along the lines of its your choice in a bad situation to Respond and be Inspired vs React and be Mired. So happens in the last few days there has been a problem with a less then ethical former friend and I reread Marsha's note. I've chosen to Respond and be Inspired rather then React and be Mired. THANKS MARSHA! Toxic People: Decontaminate Difficult People at Work Without Using Weapons Or Duct Tape

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5Smooth road  Nov 05, 2009
By Lloyd Rasner
Marsha Petrie Sue has done it again with "Reactor Factor". I recommend furnishing this book to each manager (or all employees in my case). Instead of being a just a tool, this resource is similar to a piece of medical equipment that we use in our health care practices. It help us to render professional services in a relaxed and therefore more efficient atmosphere. This is a small investment to make to help 'pave a smooth road that you drive daily'. Well worth the fun read! I also find myself referencing her past books to maintain a healthy working condition.

Dr. Lloyd "Bud" Rasner

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