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The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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About the Author
Tony Schwartz is the founder and president of The Energy Project, a consulting group that works with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Credit Suisse, Ford, General Motors, Gillette, Master Card, and Sony. He was a reporter for the New York Times, an associate editor at Newsweek, and a staff writer for New York Magazine and Esquire and a columnist for Fast Company. He co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and after that wrote What Really Matters. He co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Full Engagement with Jim Loehr.
Jean Gomes is Managing Director of DPA, a London-based management consultancy specializing in leadership and culture change. For the past 20 years, he has been advising companies like Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Cable & Wireless, Sun Microsystems, Sony, ICL, The Home Office, Nokia and Intel in the US, Japan and Europe. He is also Chairman of The Energy Project Europe.
"Tony Schwartz has become a National Treasure, the champion of a new source of renewable energy--ourselves! The Way We're Working Isn't Working is a great combination of engaging intellectual foundations, intriguing research findings, and truly practical advice."
--Robert Kegan, Ph.D., Harvard University School of Education and co-author of Immunity to Change
The foundations of great leadership are self-awareness and thoughtful action, and the ideas in this book can be truly life-changing for both. The transformative power of this lies in its ability to help very smart and already high-performing people change their current behaviors to be even more effective, fulfilled and connected to others.
-Evan Wittenberg, Head of Global Leadership Development, Google, Inc.
“Now, more than ever, we need a unified science of energy--what makes us work (and what doesn't.) The Way We're Working Isn't Working begins to unlock essential insights we're going to need to get more done and feel better while we're doing it.”
--Seth Godin, blogger and bestselling author of Linchpin
“The practices in The Way We're Working Isn't Working have truly changed my life and they've become guiding principles for all the members of my operating room team.”
--Mark Gillinov, M.D.,Cardiovascular Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic
“There's one compelling reason to read The Way We're Working Isn't Workingit works! The 100 senior leaders at the LAPD took the course on which the book is based, and while we were doubtful at first, we became believers and beneficiaries.”
--Bill Bratton, Former LAPD Police Chief
“I've read dozens of books about leadership and management. What makes this book unique and essential is the integrated and comprehensive way it addresses the challenge of getting the best from people. At Zappos we deeply believe that truly meeting our employees' needs is what inspires their great performance. The Way We Work Isn't Working lays out a compelling new workplace paradigm and a detailed roadmap for organizations, leaders and individuals seeking to gain true competitive advantage, even as the rules change every day.”
--Tony Hseih, CEO Zappos.com
The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers us an engaging, thorough, and authoritative manual for optimal performance and for a rewarding life. Tony Schwartz has done it againa business must-read.
-- Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence
“Integrating our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual lives really enables “one life” and our life's work. Thank you Tony!”
--Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company
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This book really brought home the importance of pacing yourself. Like many people, I tend to think that -- if I have an extra hour or two -- it's okay to fill every moment with work. Whether or not it's actually a productive use of that time... that gets lost in the illusion of "busy is better."
Also, Tony Schwartz emphasized the importance of what you do when you're not working. This book recommends balance in your life.
That's easy enough to say. Plenty of books do. What make this book different (and better) are the many clear and detailed of routines that work (and don't work) for other busy people.
I'm still struggling to apply all of Schwartz's suggestions. I'm adding one new one every couple of weeks.
However, if you're "tired and wired," and need to find a better answer to work- and time-management routines, this is essential reading.
It will be more helpful for you to read this book with others. Specifically, you'll be well served by reading it with a work group.
I recommend this book, but don't expect completely new theories.
Therefore, key to increasing productivity in all areas of lives are:
1. Attention/work sprints - full, undivided attention, engagement in areas of maintainence, growth, improvement. ie Your life's work/passion, purpose. Recommends 90 minutes, 3-4x/day.
2. Rest, recovery. Following 90 minutes of pure, focused, uninterrupted work, rest/rejuvenation. Examples include: taking a lunch break, walk, meditation, watching a movie, reading a favorite book/magazine, hanging out w/ friends, family.
3. Diet consisting of water, vitamins, minerals, grains, fruits, vegetables, leans meats, w/ rigorous exercise. Best to maintain shape/fitness.
4. Gave a seminar for Eben Pagan discussing pro/peak tennis players, after a point, have certain rituals b/f after a point to rejuvenate/prepare for the next point. They 1) turn away from the net, 2) look at their rackets/play w/ their strings. This serves to disengage the player, get their heart rate back as close to normal as possible, & refocus for the next point/serve.
Follow this formula & your productivity either at work, home, business, is bound to improve. Including your happiness, emotional, spiritual well being.
Originally titled, "The Way We Work Isn't Working," it makes a strong scientific case for getting more sleep, making time to meditate daily (and how to focus during meditation) and working in 90 minute bursts for maximum effectiveness.
But the book does more than provide logic as to why to adjust, but also how. The author shares stories of others, which makes the idea of change more real and accessible. I found the entire book compelling and very useful.