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Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors: Management Improvement

Robert E. Hardy, EdD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors: Management Improvement is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course designed to create positive behavior change in management style.

This course was originally designed for managers at 3M Corporation. 3M wanted an effective model of behavioral change to eliminate defects—self-defeating behaviors—in their management style. The course is educational. First, participants learn the model, and then apply it to a specific self-defeating behavior. The outcome is a positive behavioral change. Following the course, participants will be able to identify, analyze, and replace counter-productive manager behavior(s) with high performance behavior(s).

Closeout Course #20-29 | 2008 | 19 pages | 19 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Describe negative behavioral patterns that relate to management style
2.Describe self-defeating conclusions and fears as they relate to management style
3.List the prices paid for negative patterns in current management style
4.Identify and describe the ways the impact of management SDBs are minimized
5.Describe high performance alternatives to SDBs, and list the benefits

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Robert E. Hardy, EdD, received his doctorate degree from Western Michigan University where he was a Mott Foundation Scholar. Currently, he is a Minnesota-licensed psychologist. In 1991, he co-authored Self-Defeating Behaviors (Harper/Collins). The book remains in publication, and is considered the classic work on why/how individual’s repeat negative behaviors. In 1996, he co-authored The Self-Defeating Organization (Addison-Wesley). This book applied his models to eliminate self-defeating behaviors to teams, groups, and organizations. Dr. Hardy became a frequent speaker on self-defeating behaviors – and during this time his weight was over 300 pounds. Lecturing on his topic, and weighing that much became a “marketing nightmare.” Finally, he applied his behavioral change models to his own weight issues. His current weight is 165 pounds and he has maintained this weight for over ten years. This experience led him to author You Don’t Know How to Change (Amazon and Kindle, 2011). This book presents his educational model of change: individuals first learn the models, then they learn to apply the models, and the desired outcome is permanent behavioral change. Dr. Hardy also has a Board Competency in Pain Management. Dr. Hardy is an online Educational Coach on Behavioral Change. Visit him at www.stopsdb.com


: Dr. Hardy receives royalties on his books from several publishers and from Professional Development Resources on sales of his courses.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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