Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

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by Tony Schwartz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1439127662

ISBN-13: 2901439127666

Pub. Date: 05/18/2010

Publisher: Free Press

This book was previously titled, Be Excellent at Anything.

The Way We're Working Isn't Working is one of those rare books with the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.

Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy,

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This book was previously titled, Be Excellent at Anything.

The Way We're Working Isn't Working is one of those rare books with the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.

Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we’re both more satisfied and more productive—on the job and off.

By integrating multidisciplinary findings from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a persuasive case that we’re neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security (emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance (spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythmically between expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four needs.

Organizations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people. Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core needs so they’re freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.

Drawing on extensive work with an extra-ordinary range of organizations, among them Google, Ford, Sony, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Cleveland Clinic, Schwartz creates a road map for a new way of working. At the individual level, he explains how we can build specific rituals into our daily schedules to balance intense effort with regular renewal; offset emotionally draining experiences with practices that fuel resilience; move between a narrow focus on urgent demands and more strategic, creative thinking; and balance a short-term focus on immediate results with a values-driven commitment to serving the greater good. At the organizational level, he outlines new policies, practices, and cultural messages that Schwartz’s client companies have adopted.

The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands we all face in an increasingly complex world.

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ISBN-13:
2901439127666
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
352

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Way We're Working Isn't Working 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that details the wrong ways you're working without making you feel that the situation is hopelessly complex or beyond repair. Tony Schwartz (writing with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy) offers interesting, practical advice to employers and employees alike on how to banish that "gerbil on a treadmill" feeling forever. With case studies from such companies as Ford, Sony and Ernst & Young, as well as helpful charts, graphs and exercises, this highly readable manual will make you think twice about how you and your employees work. Although it mentions lots of insider human resources (HR) methodologies - such as the ones in Gallup's employee engagement surveys - the book never bogs down in jargon. However, the author may need to revise and update it in a few years as the workplace becomes increasingly dependent upon technology. getAbstract suggests this book to frustrated leaders, HR practitioners, overwhelmed employees and anyone who wants more control over his or her working and personal life.
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lemme14 More than 1 year ago
While all of the subjects touched upon are relevant, I felt as though certain topics were better left for others. The entire Physical section felt like it was not Tony's area of expertise. Better to leave the sleep, nutrition and exercise to the experts. The Emotional section put me to sleep. I'm sure others felt it was helpful, but it was not for me. The Mental section was a worthwhile read, especially the discussions on multi-tasking and emails. I didn't get much out of spiritual. My flaw is that I thought more of the book was going to be written around the Self-Expression/Mental section and that was not the case.
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Relatively simple truth: energy out requires energy in to maintain balance and replenish the system. Here the author is referring to us humans who repeatedly fail to honor this reality. We work long hours, sleep less, eat more, exercise too much or not at all and so our story goes. We tell ourselves a story about how we aren't human. We are super robots who can survive on 4-5 hours of sleep, live on coffee and sugar, yada yada yada. Packed with research and enough examples to spark recognition in those of us willing to hear his message, Schwartz includes many practical examples of creating changes that enhance our existence and therefore performance in all aspects of life. Helping busy people make changes is what I do; Schwartz has given my clients and I a plethora of data to help battle foolhardy beliefs that have gotten us into obesity, injury, panic and anxiety medications, sleep disorders and disengagement with family and friends. But he doesn't leave us hanging as many such books tend to do. Schwartz reminds us that change can be painful but he also says, "a finish line makes pain tolerable." When we focus on a goal for natural cycles such as 90 minutes, we can finish a report, study for an exam, walk in the sunshine despite the tug to stay at the desk for lunch. Check it out - worth the investment of time to read and implement that which works for you. I'm lovin' these 90 minute cycles!
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