1. What led you to writing your book, Love Your Enemies?
A good question, I had just finished forty years (June, 1972 – June 2012) in the field of mental health and had started my next to last job and felt a book like “Love Your Enemies” had to be written. The first section, a “corny” array of 37 short-story vignettes described situations of which I became involved throughout my career; the second section, a “how to” of organization strategies to survive the politics one encounters in a dysfunctional working environment. Writing the book was fun and I loved the tedium of the project, although it caused “trauma release” re: emotional triggers – completing the project was worth it.
2. What will the next book be about?
Again, written using my pseudonym “Jake Hagerman” with a working title:
“Surviving Organizational Politics: Leaving Regina when you love Saskatoon”.
The working title says it all ! I will be developing a formula to help you make a competent decision about when/how to leave a dysfunctional organization. Specifically, using a quantitative formula to provide appropriate steps to follow regarding a decision to leave a place of employment – when to leave and the rationale for the time period chosen to leave.
3. How would you describe your writing?
Upbeat, first person narrative and somewhat formula-based academic.
4. What are some things that you hope your readers will find inside your book?
First, don’t take work and the day-to-day battles too seriously and when you feel “trapped” the second section of the book provides a series of protocol to follow to survive in a dysfunctional working environment;
5. What would you like your readers to take with them after reading your book?
A collection of options to allow them a cadre of coping strategies/techniques to utilize to survive in a dysfunctional work environment;
6. What other hobbies do you enjoy that you can share with us, readers?
I love reading various topics in literature; examining the Jewish culture; personal training; watching combat sports on television and live;
7. Any future writing projects that your are working on?
As mentioned above I have just begun researching my fourth book and look forward to completing the first draft sometime in 2018-19;
8. What is one advice that you could share with other writers?
To reduce the potential for “writer’s block” complete a “story board” before commencing writing and research the topic of your book ad nausea;
9. What are the best coping strategies for those in the work force?
Learning progressive deep muscle relaxation; mindfulness meditation and diaphragmatic breathing exercises to regulate heart beat;
10. What skill sets do you think are the most crucial to have?
An optimistic outlook and a cadre of coping strategies/ techniques that reduce tension and influence internal locus of control and increased empowerment;
11. Where do you see the mental health services going in the future?
Without an increase of government financing a reduction in service provision!
12. Where can readers find you and your book on line?
Amazon and firstname.lastname@example.org.