The Loveable Hard-ass: How I Went from 'Liked' to 'Respected'

Vote Now and Get a Gift

We need your help! Our Founder, J.T. O'Donnell and her writing partner, Dale Dauten are coming out with a new book but they can't decide which cover to use. If you can, please review both covers below and submit your vote. Feel free to explain "why" you preferred one over the other in our comment section. Then, enter your e-mail address in the form below and you'll receive a special link via e-mail to purchase the book for only $5.00 (rather than $9.95) when it's released. [poll id="20"] [vfb id=5]

About the Book

"He got me to do more than I thought possible."
"She simply would NOT let us fail – we worked miracles for her."
How is it some leaders can demand the most of you in such a way that you love them for it? When Dale Dauten and J.T. O’Donnell studied such leaders they came up with this startling name for such managers: The Lovable Hard-ass. Their new book, The Lovable Hard-ass, unfolds as a conversation between a young everyman manager and a wise woman. She’s a veteran consultant who’s been described as having “skirts of steel.” He wins a coaching day with her in a charity raffle – much to his disappointment. Reluctantly, he agrees to let her observe him as he works, and eventually she drags him to the revelation that, despite high ambitions, he is a typical manager with average prospects. He is, as she sums it up, “inadvertently mediocre.” Then, as she deconstructs his work and philosophy, he learns new principles and techniques, ones that will carry him on the journey from “liked” to “respected.” Her wisdom includes...
  • Never trust a manager who always loves what you do
  • How to move beyond “Lean” to “Muscular”
  • Leadership is a Magnificent Intolerance: You don’t get what you want or what you need; you get what you refuse to accept less than
  • “Put the fish on the table and let everyone smell it” – Change the conversation and you change the culture
Here is a book that will change forever how you view teamwork, management and the art of producing results that leave your team exclaiming, “We accomplished more than we thought was possible.” Vote image from Shutterstock

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less