Does your workforce struggle with:

  • Information overload

  • Staying focused

  • Adapting to changes

  • Taking initiative and being resourceful

  • Positively receiving feedback

  • Silos/working independently

  • Engagement, inspiration, and passion at work

  • Knowing how they contribute to the organization

After three years of study and research of human dynamics in the workplace,
we're offering you solutions to 7 modern-day traps in a transformative lunch and learn.


The Trapologist at Work Framework

Think of it in terms of this metaphor. We are in a boat with our team determined to reach our destination. But our boat has holes in it... 

The answer is not rowing faster and harder. This will only cause us to sink sooner. The answer lies in patching the holes in our boat first before we even start rowing. The Trapologist at Work workshop will identify and patch your holes at work.

The Trapologist at Work™ framework is unique and effective because it teaches you the restraining forces [traps] that are keeping you from achieving your goals and reaching your dreams. Most workshops do the opposite. They offer initiatives and to-dos to your already overwhelmed life.

The 7 Modern-day traps

1 - Busyness - drowning in the thick of thin things.

2 - Procrastination - idling in the status quo.

3 - Ego - maintaining a façade of perfection.

4 - Trigger - allowing emotions to taint your perspective.

5 - Silo - operating as an independent on a team.

6 - Settling - losing passion and inspiration in your work.

7 - Myopia - failing to see the big picture.


David M.R.Covey

I had to be proactive at age four, think win-win at age five, and listen empathically at age six. This is what you are required to do as the third son of Stephen R. Covey, the author of the 7 Habits.

In all seriousness my friends, I grew up with this content my whole life and today I'm on a quest to help people spot and outsmart the 7 modern-day traps that are holding them back from success.

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Outsmarting the 7 Hidden Obstacles to Success

David M. R. Covey & Stephan M. Mardyks
with foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey

Outsmart the traps that are holding you back from success!

“Trap Tales is a triumph!”

- Ken Blanchard

Trap Tales is your guide to avoiding the seven obstacles that ensnare people every day. We all fall into traps, and we often don’t even realize it until we’re deeply entrenched. Like quicksand, traps are easy to step into, but difficult to escape—it seems that the harder we try to climb out, the deeper we sink. But what if there were another way? What if we knew the right strategies to escape the traps we have fallen into? What if we could spot traps from a distance, and avoid them entirely?

In this book, authors David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks train you in the art of Trapology. You’ll meet Alex and Victoria, who have fallen into traps you’re sure to recognize. As you read their stories, you’ll learn about the seven most common traps in life and work, and how even the smartest and seemingly most accomplished people find themselves stuck and unable to see their way out. Traps are masters of disguise, but there are telltale signs that give them away every time. If you discover that you’re actually trapped right now, consider this book your lifeline—the lessons contained in Trap Tales will teach you how to escape these traps and how to sidestep them in the future.

This book, unlike most books, offers counter-intuitive strategies and unconventional wisdom to:

• Learn the seven biggest traps in life and work that catch people unaware

• Identify the traps that are holding you back right now

• Discover your escape route and climb out of the quicksand

• Become a “Trapologist” and avoid traps altogether

The core message of Trap Tales is hope—the belief that anybody can change the trajectory of their life, at any stage of their life. Stop letting traps steal your time, money, energy, and happiness—Trap Tales provides survival training of a different sort, allowing you to write your own tale of success.

Perhaps the greatest gift of this book is hope. If, like the protagonist of this story, you find yourself in one of these traps you may wish you had never fallen into it, it’s important to realize that you can get out. And stay out. And help the people you care about do the same.”

From the Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey, bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

“Trap Tales is a triumph! The book reveals the 7 traps that can turn life’s journey into an obstacle course. With clear examples and calls to actions, David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks give you tools to escape and avoid these harmful traps. Read this book, apply its wisdom, and live your best life.”

Ken Blanchard, bestselling coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading At A Higher Level

Published by Wiley


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