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Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction Hardcover – September 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159463081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author, as well as the founder and president of Floyd Consulting. Over the past decade, he has given more than 2,500 keynote presentations and has done conventions for Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, professional organizations, universities, churches and nonprofits. He lives in Cincinnati. Visit floydconsulting.com.

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Matthew Kelly, the New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and The Dream Manager has been captivating audiences around the world since his late teens. Over the past decade, more than four million people have attended his seminars in over fifty countries. Kelly is the president of Floyd Consulting.

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Very easy read.
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Loved the book brings up a lot of great topics and really makes you think.
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The book will make you reflect on the way you are living your life.
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Format: Hardcover
Over the past twenty-five years, there has been substantial increase in burnout due to overwork and increased stress. Workplace violence, absenteeism, and rising workers' compensation claims are used as evidence of an unhealthy work life balance. A Center for Work-Life Policy (CWLP), a "think tank," has even been created to study and research the problem of work-life balance. In one study, they found "seventy percent of US respondents and eighty-one percent of global respondents say their jobs are affecting their health."

In "Off Balance," best selling author and national acclaimed speaker, Matthew Kelly, turns the subject upside down (not just off balance) and reframes the discussion with challenging questions about the role that work plays in our life and why we should discard the theme "work-life balance" in favor of "work-life effectiveness" which results in what we all seek, the experience of satisfaction.

The popular press has conditioned us to think about "work-life balance" in a self-defeating way as they have compartmentalized work and life, setting them against one another...equating "balance" to working less. These cannot be separated.

Work is a necessary part of life and, despite popular efforts to do so, it cannot be left to stand by itself. Reality has taught us that what happens at home will affect us at work (a new baby, deaths, divorce) and what happens at work will affect us at home (promotion, termination, plant closures). Rather, a better approach would be integrating the two... and achieving "work-life effectiveness."

Kelly found that "If you ask people why they want work-life balance, they talk about things that have little or nothing to do with balance.
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The work-life balance is an issue that has fascinated me for decades. Hence my interest in this book in which Matthew Kelly claims that, in fact, the work-life balance is a "myth" that people must "get beyond" to achieve their personal and professional satisfaction. As he observes in the Introduction, "While the work-life balance discussion was introduced with the very best if intentions - namely, to help people deal with mounting pressures surrounding both personal and professional life in the modern world - in many ways the idea never had a chance because the term itself was fatally flawed." Kelly believes that individual destiny and organizational destiny are "intertwined." Yes, you can consider work life from personal life separately but they cannot be separated. What to do? Kelley wrote this book in response to that question.

These are a few of several dozen key points that caught my eye:

"I have come to the conclusion that people don't really need or want balance." Rather, they need and want "a satisfying experience of life." (Page x)

"The crisis of the modern world is a crisis of ideas. Ideas shape our lives and the world. Thought determines action. It would not be too soon for us to learn that ideas have very real consequences." (19)

"If it is to be sustained, our satisfaction has to be something that transcends external circumstances. It cannot be something that we put in the hands of things that are completely beyond our control." (47)

"Continuous change is now an accepted part of life and business. The waves of change are constantly crashing on the shore of our lives, but it is a well-defined value structure that allows us to thrive in the midst of the change. It us the unchanging that allows us to make sense of the change.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Maslanka on October 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a powerful indictment of a myth:that happiness comes from trying to balance the personal with the professional. Floyd demolishes this idea, correctly noting that work and personal are twisted together like a pretzel. He goes further though and frames the question differently:how can be have satisfaction, not how can we have balance. He argues that satisfaction (not to be confused with getting what you want) comes through committment to your priorities. This leads you to be the very best possible version of yourself. The book gives exercises in how to do so, and is nice and short.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is short book but it packs quite a powerful punch. I made many highlights in it and that is one of my indicators of a great book. The content in this book makes you think. It is insightful and in its own way very motivating. The book is really about what Kelly calls "Personal and Professional Satisfaction" or PPS. He makes the quite correct observation that work-life balance should not be about allocating a certain amount of time to each. That misses the point. It's about making decisions on what at any particular time has priority. He gives you tools to do just that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. You don't have to slog through it because it is very concise, but it is full of practical wisdom. I loved it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R Ho: Author and Leadership Expert on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Kelly is a truth speaker. He offers simple, yet profound ways in which anyone can achieve personal satisfaction and more importantly, become the best version of themselves. At the end of the day, getting OFF Balance simply means getting your life back, in a way that is gratifying, complete and positively energy giving and feeding to others. Read this book and spread the wealth of knowledge that it contains so that others may be fulfilled as well!
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