Timothy Butler biography and books

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Timothy Butler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Career Development Programme at Harvard Business School. The research of Timothy Butler interests are oriented towards general career decision making process and the relationship between personality, structure and satisfaction. Timothy Butler is also the founder of the Four Dimensions of Relational Work Model.

Timothy Butler biography

Butler’s research into the relationship between personality, structure, satisfaction and business career has lead to a development of three well-known psychometric measuring instruments namely: The Business Career Interest Inventory, The Management and Professional Rewards Profile and the Management and Professional Skills Profile.

These three instruments are presented with interactive interpretative tools such as an integrated internet-based business career self-assessment programme that is known as ‘Career Leader’. The programme is used intensively by more than 300 business schools and business all over the world.

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Another well-known instrument that Timothy Butler has developed is the Four Dimensions of Relational Work Model.

Timothy has developed a number of Executive Education Programmes and teaches at various Business Schools in North-America, Europe and Asia. He is often active as an advisor for companies varying from small start-up businesses to top 500 businesses.

He has published numerous articles about technical career assessment, psychometrics and small group dynamics in various scientific magazines and practice-oriented articles in magazines such as Fortune, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review.

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  4. “Feeling “stuck,” as psychologically painful as it is, is the first step to awareness of new opportunities in career and in life.”

Publications and books by Timothy Butler et al.

  • 2017. Hiring an entrepreneurial leader. Harvard Business Review, 95(2), 85-93.
  • 2017. The executive as coach. In Leadership Perspectives (pp. 173-179). Routledge.
  • 2009. Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path. Harvard Business Review Press.
  • 2006. The Hidden Flaws of Top Executives: How to Find Them Before You Hire Them, HR Professional.
  • 2004. A Function-Centered Model of Interest Assessment for Business Careers, Journal of Career Assessment 12, no. 3 (August 2004): 270-284.
  • 2004. Understanding ‘People’ People, Harvard Business Review 82, no. 6.
  • 2001. The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back: Overcoming the Behavior Patterns That Keep You From Getting Ahead. Crown Business.
  • 2001. Customizing Careers. Pathways: The Novartis, Journal 2, no. 3.
  • 2000. The Art of Work and the Role of Human Resources In It, Employment Relations Today 27, no. 3.
  • 2000. Managing away Bad Habits, Harvard Business Review 78, no. 5.
  • 1999. Job Sculpting: The Art of Retaining Your Best People, Harvard Business Review 77, no. 5.
  • 1998. Finding the Job You Should Want, Fortune.
  • 1998. Eight Failings That Bedevil the Best, Fortune.
  • 1996. Discovering Your Career In Business. Basic Books.
  • 1996. The Executive as Coach, Harvard Business Review 74, no. 6.
  • 1992. Desperation Quadrant, Journal of Contemporary Jungian Thought 25, no. 1 (1992).
  • 1986. Professional Psychologists as Group Treatment Providers: Utilization, Training, and Trends, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 17, no. 3.
  • 1985. Gender and Sex-Role Attributes as Predictors of Utilization of Natural Support Systems During Personal Stress Events, Sex Roles 13, nos. 9-10.
  • 1983. Curative Factors in Group Psychotherapy: A Review of the Recent Literature, Small Group Behavior 14, no. 2.
  • 1983. Level of Functioning and Length of Time in Treatment Variables Influencing Patient’s Therapeutic Experience in Group Psychotherapy, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 33, no. 4.
  • 1980. Patient Perspective on the Curative Process: A Comparison of Day Treatment and Outpatient Psychotherapy Groups, Small Group Behavior 11, no. 4.

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