Category: Business, Careers, Leadership and coaching
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Extent: 244 pages

My Job Isn’t Working!

10 proven ways to boost your career mojo

Michael Brown


If you’re a typical mid-career worker in a typical enterprise – been around a while, employs more than a handful of people – the chances are you are being squeezed. Hard. You’re under pressure like never before, coming at you from all directions. It’s getting worse, and the prospects are worse still. You’ve been asked to do more with less for years, and there is nothing left to give. You can’t trust people, you feel insecure, and the job seems a bit pointless. You’ve given up trying to fix the crappy processes you have to work with, because it’s easier to disengage.
Meanwhile the outside world appears to have gone mad, the millennials are coming up fast behind at half your salary and you ought to be worrying about when a robot is going to take your job. Work-Life balance is an outdated concept, and you no longer know how to switch off. You find it hard to keep up technically, and worry about how relevant you are. You may well want out, but can’t work out how to do it, and so you’re stuck.
Your career mojo – the engine which keeps you motoring at work – needs servicing, or worse still, it’s broken down.
The great news is that there is a way through this. The engine can be repaired. You CAN find meaning and fulfilment in the work you do.

In this book, Michael Brown reveals the 10 techniques he has used to help thousands of mid-career workers boost their career mojo. Discover the simple changes you can make to transform your work life. Using real-life stories and examples, he explains in concise and pragmatic terms how to make every day a good day at the office.


“Michael really knows what he’s talking about. This rings so true. Love the writing style – it’s funny and wise and I read the whole thing in one go. Highly recommended.”

“Great book! Definitely recommend it.”

“Years of acquired insights distilled in highly readable self help book. Want to take control of your career? This book is for you. Highly recommended.”

“I opened this book late the night I received delivery and didn’t close until after midnight… and got up at 5:15 to finish it. I have read it cover to cover and it has a strange effect when it connects the reader to the tales and characters interwoven into the text. I lost count of the ‘OMG’ moments, I laughed out loud at the mince pies and sobbed in the epilogue. I have bought extra copies for my Manager and Director as I leave their service in a few days time and Michael’s book describes more eloquently than I could ever say why I have to go. Read it, read it twice, highlight the text and scribble in the margins until it is dog-eared and beaten – but most of all enjoy.”

“….I loved his personal anecdotes and often found myself smiling, thinking “yes, I’ve been there”. It’s easy to read, written in plain English and refreshingly free of business jargon and acronyms. Highly recommended…”

“…Mike offers a ten point plan and real advice to as he puts it, ‘get your career mojo back’. Career progression is too often seen as a steady escalator, but for most people it is not. That is why this book is so important”

“A well written and easy to read book full of examples of where organisations can go wrong and employees forget why they are there. What we can do to get our mojo back in our jobs, Thanks Michael. Its one of those books you put down in an office and it gets picked up in seconds, which then starts some interesting conversations.”

“…Michael’s wisdom and experience as a trainer to over 10,000 people, together with his self deprecation, humour and anecdotes makes this book a fabulous read… “

“I read this book within a couple of days, and found myself in violent agreement with much of the content. The book is like having a personal coach in your pocket, and now that I have read it through I know that I will be revisiting parts of it again and again. I was so taken by the book that I have actually arranged to have a coaching session with Michael to explore my personal profile in more detail, as he has really made me think about a career change.”

“This is good solid practical advice from someone who’s been there and done it. 10 clear steps and lots of amusing anecdotes. Mike doesn’t pull punches, and he says it like it is (or should be!). Top quality advice: a book to dip into on regular basis (like tuning a car!).”

“A highly practical book, full of useful tips and wisdom. Written in an honest, engaging, and witty style. Michael demonstrates knowledge and experience in very human terms. Unlike many “management/ leadership books it is not a heavy read…..even though it raises some very deep questions. Buy it, read it, you will not regret it”



“Michael’s book powerfully portrays the widespread workplace dysfunctions that regularly cause employees (and their managers) to retreat into mindless behavior—which is reinforced by a pervasive culture of frustration, fear, and despair. This typical employee experience is the exact opposite of what organizations need for success in today’s fast-past, highly competitive, global economy. The generous gift of this book is to supply readers with the encouragement, insights, and tools to work around dysfunctional workplaces by helping them to reboot their self-awareness, self-empowerment, and self-confidence to engage in more effective and satisfying behavior—despite the many dysfunctions that may persist in their current situation.” – Dr. Ralph H. Kilmann, co-author of the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI) and CEO of

“It can be tough working in the ‘squeezed middle’ of a modern organization. We experience, faster pace of change and increasing demands to deliver. At the same time, it can be hard to get things done in in a day filled with unnecessary meetings, irrelevant communication and unclear processes. No wonder some people lose what Michael calls their ‘career mojo’. Low levels of engagement and enthusiasm are problem businesses and a tragedy for individuals – life is too short to not enjoy something you spend so much time on. Michael’s book delves into why we can sometimes lose our career mojo and offers some practical suggestions on how you can regain it. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. – Kevan Hall CEO Global Integration, author of the books Speed Lead, Making the Matrix Work, and Kill Bad Meetings


Foreword Introduction Getting the most from the book Section 1: Diagnose your engine Tool 1: Reset your compass Tool 2: Build more trust Tool 3: Get out of the playground Tool 4: Invest in relationships Tool 5: Negotiate for yourself Tool 6: Avoid avoidance Tool 7: Think! Tool 8: Listen more, transmit less Tool 9: Meet intelligently Tool 10: Know yourself Section 3: Replace your engine Section 4: Mojo maintenance Summary Endnotes Resources Acknowledgements



Paperback / 9781788600224 / July 10, 2018 / £14.99

Ebook / 9781788600248 / July 10, 2018 / £7.99

Paperback and eBook Bundle / £16.99


Michael Brown

Michael Brown runs his own training consultancy, specializing in building leadership, team development and negotiation skills. He has been working with complex international organizations for nearly 20 years, and over that time he has met nearly 10,000 people in organisations of all shapes and sizes. This has given him an in-depth personal insight into their hopes, fears and challenges as they try to keep ahead in a rapidly evolving and increasingly dysfunctional workplace.

Before joining the training industry he gained practical experience of managing people and developing small businesses from a 14-year career at Whitbread in logistics, sales and marketing.

He was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar.