Antioch GSLC Professor Dr. Mitchell Kusy to Launch New Book on Dealing with Toxic Employees in the Workplace

A sequel to a previous book he co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Dr. Mitchell Kusy’s new work, set to launch in November 2017, is entitled, Why I Don’t Work Here Anymore: A Leader’s Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees Employees (Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group). The meticulously researched book identifies and breaks down the myriad problems facing contemporary leaders in relation to workplace incivility—and what to do about it.

Starting with a simple “plug-and-play” formula, Dr. Kusy helps analyze the specific cost of toxic employees, then presents six key strategies on how to restore personal well-being and team performance to the workplace—using a rich mix of inventories, case scenarios, and templates for both leaders and team members.

“Toxic employees not only get under our skin but also erode the financial worth of any organization,” explains Kusy. “Why I Don’t Work Here Anymore begins with an evidence-based worksheet so leaders can determine the financial cost of toxic people with just two statistics—number of employees and average compensation. And voila… the financial cost of toxic people in your organization. This is typically 3 to 4 percent of total compensation costs!” Kusy continues, “With this awareness, the book then helps leaders position themselves around concrete strategies to avoid making a bad toxic hire and just as importantly, what to do to increase individual and team performance if these toxic chameleons are already there—with specific methods to build and sustain workplace cultures of respectful engagement.”

About Mitch Kusy

A 2005 Fulbright Scholar in international organization development, Dr. Kusy is currently a professor in Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership & Change. He has previously headed leadership and organization development at American Express Financial Advisors and HealthPartners. Consulting nationally and internationally, Dr. Kusy has also authored dozens of professional articles and six business books, including: Toxic workplace! Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power (2011); The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring out the Leader in Every Employee (2009); and Manager’s Desktop Consultant: Just-in-Time Solutions to the Top People Problems that Keep You Awake at Night! (2007)), Breaking the Code of Silence: Prominent Leaders Reveal How They Rebounded from Seven Critical Mistakes (2005), and Fast Forward Leadership: How to Exchange Outmoded Leadership Practices for Forward-Looking Leadership Today (1999, 2004).

Author contact info: Web:; Email: [email protected]

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