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Work Without Walls: An Executive's Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work Paperback – February 14, 2017
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Maura Thomas, the queen of productivity, has done it again! She provides leaders with practical ideas and a roadmap to help their organizations create better results by changing how they manage attention. If you are a leader today, this book will provide immediate help for the productivity challenges you face.
Maura raises important points that have so far been missing from the discussion of these topics. This book is a must-read for leaders. --Dr. Edward Hallowell, best-selling author of Driven to Distraction at Work and Crazy Busy, and Founder of the Hallowell Centers
Work Without Walls will be a huge benefit to any leader whose team has struggled to stay focused at work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. --Dr. Art Markman, author of Smart Thinking and Smart Change
This book is informative, engaging, practical, and innovative. It is an essential resource for organizational success today and into the future. --Dr. John Dovidio, Professor of Psychology, Yale University
From the Author
The purpose of my work is to teach busy, driven knowledge workers to regain control of their lives and work so that they can live a life of choice, and joyfully and enthusiastically offer their unique gifts (their 'significant results') to the world every day. It's those gifts that will power the world into a successful future and that will allow us to realize the promise of our individual and collective potential.
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Of particular value is that these recommendations are supported by research. I found it interesting when the research shows how we don't always act in our best interest. Many of our daily actions are not consistent with what is best for us personally OR at work.
She emphasizes how we sacrifice many things (sleep, time with family, hobbies) supposedly on behalf of our company. The surprising (and sad) part is those "sacrifices" are often in vain as they harm both us and our companies.
After reading this book, I challenge you to not find actions you should be doing differently.
There are also several ways I thought I might apply this to my personal life as I read through it. Important book and easy to follow.
In Work Without Walls Maura addresses timely topics like how to handle email, workflow and vacation time in today's technology and distraction filled environment. The end of each chapter lists out "action items" making the concepts learned easy to implement immediately. I like how Maura challenged me to take a step back and re-think company policies as well as my own personal behaviors and the messages those send to my team. My entire team works remotely, so I loved her chapter devoted to telecommuting. This book was especially relevant to me as the business owner, but I also plan to have my entire team read this, especially the chapters on distraction & attention, email, and telecommuting.
And it is a very smart book, from design and layout, to clear cut actions you can take to transform your organization into one that attracts and retains the best talent. Maura’s content is easy to digest, full of common sense, innovational and practical.
It is no surprise the Maura is a highly sought out Speaker and Trainer.
The next book could address on how to develop a plan or career strategy that does include balance.
Good luck and I look forward to future works.
Well Done Maura,
Vistage Group Chair