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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005N3SFIS
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Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction Audible – Unabridged
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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.Read more ›
Finally, he talks about how even if you are working 85 hours a week, if you are satisfied in with your job, then it won't be bad at all. I suppose I should just expect my spouse to take care everything while I'm gone working all of the time? Who will cook, clean, and get the million other things that need to be done while I put in these 15-hour days.
Also, if you are unhappy with your work-life balance it is your fault. It is not the fact that we have lousy maternity leave laws, FMLA laws, etc.
Even though it is a very short book and I do agree with some of what he says, I couldn't get through it. In a book I expect some real sources of facts (such as studies or science or something). This is just one guy going on and on about his own (unsupported) opinions. It kind of reminds me of listening to a relative go on and on with no real point.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best part is how to define what a great day looks like. This book will help you identify the practices that lead to happiness, whether you're working your tail off or goofing off.Published 6 months ago by Greg S. Co
I bought this book for a business statistics class. Initially I had high hopes for it, as I have a lot of respect for the professor who made it mandatory reading. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Phillip
An honest appraisal of our current culture and its influence on our perception of the need for "balance". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark
Originally got this from the library, went out and bought my own. His premise of replacing "balance" with "satisfaction" resonates with me because it is not about... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey C. Hoots
Matthew was spot on about debunking the notion that work and life ought to be in balance. His thesis was plausible and he gave some tools to back up his position.Published 10 months ago by JBNYOKC