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Making it Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection) by Alan Lurie, Kevin Elko, Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher, Erv Thomas, Gregory Shea, Robert E. Gunther

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Chapter Two. How People Act

Dr. Fisher's Story

As one of our authors can attest, a job can be painful no matter how good it sounds.

To many, the idea of a professor getting "tenure" seems almost magical; a guaranteed job for life, complete with the respect that comes with a doctorate. Among faculty members, it is considered a mark of success. Dr. Fisher had worked for more than 30 years to achieve this goal. To her friends and colleagues, she appeared to be doing what she wanted to do, achieving success, and getting paid for it.

Then she did the unheard-of. She quit.

What could possibly be wrong? Despite her otherwise optimistic nature, Dr. Fisher dreaded "dragging herself in" to work in the morning. She liked the teaching and the students, and ...

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