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If Your Life Were a Business, Would You Invest In It?: The 13-Step Program for Managing Your Life Like the Best CEO's Manage Their Companies Hardcover – February 19, 2003


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How to envision a positive future and make it happen

"If Your Life were a Business ....is a deeply reflective AND practical guide. It has a significant ROI for you and all the stakeholders in your life!"--Charlotte Roberts, co-author with Peter Senge of The Fifth Discipline Field book, and Co-author of The Dance of Change

"An easily digestible guide which affirms the messages of the heart, packaged in the language of the marketplace."--Peter Block, author of The Answer to How is Yes, Stewardship, and The Empowered Manager

"The Life Business metaphor is transformative. Thinking 'cash flow' rather than 'wealth creation' has changed our family's approach to our life, our money and our giving."--Peter Tavernise, Executive Director, Cisco Systems Foundation

"Memo to leaders, managers, and business people: If you want to lead your life as consciously and creatively as you manage your business, you should read this book."--Jeffrey L. Moe, Ph.D., Director, Health Sector Emerging Issues and Development, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

"Drs. Eckblad and Kiel's book teaches you how to take charge of the most essential aspects of your life. Its practical tools and clear concepts will help you to align your behaviors with your values, and put your efforts where your heart wants you to go."--Wayne and Mary Sotile, co-authors of The Resilient Physician and Marriage Skills for Busy Couples

"I have spent thirty years coaching physicians on how to balance their lives, yet felt some integrative money-value homework was missing. John and David's book is that super glue."--John-Henry Pfifferling, Ph.D., Director, Center for Professional Well-Being

Of course you would invest in your life if it were a business, but how would you invest? Do you feel you have to make a choice between financial security and the life you want to live? There is a way to do both. In this remarkably inspiring and instructive guide, you'll discover how to develop a plan that helps you live your dreams now while paying full attention to your financial realities. In this book you'll find a detailed step-by-step process for managing your life as if it were a phenomenally successful business. By using, and reusing, the authors' step-by-step approach, you will ultimately be able to live a life that is "independent of your finances."

At the time when many of us are rethinking what is truly important in our lives, this completely practical handbook shows single adults, couples, and growing families how to manage their lives more effectively by adopting the basic practices pioneered and time-tested by the best-run businesses. Following this 13-step Life Business Program, you'll discover how to identify and concentrate on your most essential goals; how to listen to and take seriously the concerns of those closest to you; and how to invest aggressively in activities that will help you achieve your central objectives.

You'll also learn how to develop strategies that will maximize your chances for success, set heartfelt goals, and envision and plan projects that will take your life in the direction you want it to go. You'll find helpful tips for building a plan-ahead budget that will ensure you the basic necessities while freeing up funds to finance your dreams. You will learn to think about money the way successful businesses do with potentially radical changes in your approach to savings, investment and retirement. This 13-step program will give you the tools you need to negotiate your own cash-flow agenda in a financial planning world that has been excessively focused on wealth creation. This book gives you the confidence to believe that the bottom line isn't how rich you are but rather how rich a life you lead.

More than helping you to realize your dreams, the concepts and tools introduced in this book will enable you to insulate your most cherished plans from the ups and downs of the financial markets. When life throws you a curve, or if you do decide to change directions, you'll have the knowledge and skills you need to make a smooth transition and give yourself a strong start in your new venture.

Don't sacrifice your dreams to an uncertain future. Read If Your Life Were a Business, Would You Invest in It? and start living your dreams today!

About the Author

John Eckblad, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist and creator of the Life Business Program, which has helped thousands of individuals, in the United States and Europe, to develop focused and vision-based life plans.

David Kiel, D.PH. is an experienced organizational consultant and has taught management courses at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina.

Their clients include: P&G, Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, IBM, ICI, Zeneca, Westinghouse, Nortel, and GlaxoSmithKine. They have also worked with many small businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071410392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071410397
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 19, 2003
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I was revising my life plans and goals when I stumbled across an article on this book. Many of the concepts are similar to those I tried to communicate in my books (Conscious spending for Couples and The Ms. Spent Money Guide), but applied to ones whole life... it's a nice structure for something that I have always done and always preached that others do - align what you do with what you truly value. Even if you don't buy the book, please buy the concept! It's great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
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Eckblad and Kiel are right on target. They provide excellent advice in a concise, easy to follow form. It's never too late (or too early) to make the ultimate investment - in yourself. Their program is so sensible that you will wonder why you didn't embark on it ages ago.
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Format: Hardcover
Heard the CD version of IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BUSINESS, WOULD
WOULD YOU INVEST IN IT? by John Eckblad and David Kiel.

This is a useful guide to making your life happier
and more productive . . . the authors contend that this
can be done by following 13 Life Business principles that
have worked in many successful businesses.

I liked the many exercises that were included, all of which
could be helpful to anybody wanting to determine
the patterns in his or her life . . . and then using this
information to plan for the future.

One particularly helpful suggestion was to keep in mind that
"management is doing things right, while strategy is doing the
right thing" . . . so the key is to do the right thing as you ask
contemplate this question: What new commitments will bring
more joy into your life?

The information in IF YOUR LIFE might sound basic, but it
is something that needs to be thought about--over and over.
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