Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

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One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes we're not seeking balance but satisfaction. Here he lays out his system for finding deep, long-term personal and professional satisfaction.See more details below

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One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes we're not seeking balance but satisfaction. Here he lays out his system for finding deep, long-term personal and professional satisfaction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Why is work-life balance so difficult to achieve? Because, says Kelly (The Dream Manager), the very concept is fatally flawed. The attempt to "balance" life against work necessarily pits the two against each other; in reality, we do not have two lives, one personal and one professional, but one life that contains both aspects. Better to seek satisfaction rather than balance, and Kelly presents the three philosophies (working to become the best version of yourself, practicing virtue, and self-control) that will help you get there. He urges readers to get in touch with their dissatisfaction, to ask the big questions, and to follow his five-step plan to personal and professional satisfaction: assessment, assigning priorities, developing core habits, and performing both a weekly strategy session and a quarterly review. Though the ideas are solid, they're thin on the ground—readers looking for a more substantive treatment will be left wanting. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

Management consultant Kelly upends the myth of "having-it-all" and replaces it with a system for personal and professional satisfaction.

For his latest entry in the self-help pantheon, Kelly (Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness, 2008, etc.) conducted a survey that found people prefer satisfactiontobalance in both the workplace and at home. With this in mind, he set about devising a method to guarantee satisfaction in both work and life: "The promise of this book is to help you design and build a more satisfying life in both the personal and professional arenas. We will do this together by approaching our lives with the strategy and rigor with which the very bestcompanies in the world approach business." Kelly identifies three -isms that erode the fabric of professional and personal lives: individualism, hedonism and minimalism. All, he writes, are anathema to satisfaction. But it's not long before the author recalibrates the conversation entirely, exposing the false divide between work and life. "You cannot have it all," he writes. To that extent, Kelly establishes a set of values-based priorities that readers can use to reshape their life. Breaking it down even further, the author offers a working-priority list. His system may be pragmatic and easily applicable, but he cautions against pitfalls such as depleted energy levels due to long-term dysfunction (anger, fear, anxiousness) and distraction. The final stage of his system is personal and professional accountability, neither of which should be taken lightly.

Supplant time management with the author's strategies to become "the best version of yourselves."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455111640
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
3
Sales rank:
936,097
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Robert A. McDonald
"Matthew Kelly’s Off Balance properly reframes the question of work-life balance into a question of personal satisfaction. I personally believe that living a life driven by a purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction. We find that employees, who live their purpose in everything they do, have higher personal satisfaction.” --( Robert A. McDonald, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company)
Andy Lorenzen
"So many people today aspire to be the best version of themselves but slowly sacrifice that vision to the demands of full and busy lives. How helpful to read a work that takes us beyond that constant tug-of-war to a place where balance with grace, rather than imbalance with regret, is the outcome. " -- (Andy Lorenzen, Director, Talent Strategy, Chick-fil-A, Inc.)
Patrick Lencioni
"Off-Balance is not for everyone – only those who are interested in finding more energy and satisfaction in life. But if you’re one of those, then this short, compelling and well-organized book might just rock your world.” --(Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team)
Cathy L. Greenberg and Barrett S. Avigdor
"There is nothing more difficult, as working mothers and fathers both know, than juggling personal and professional demands without sacrificing their own happiness. We’re so happy to hear a male perspective shared by Matthew Kelly, who shows us how to align our priorities to get what we are really looking for – life satisfaction. Everyone with a job (inside or outside the home) should read this book." -- (Cathy L. Greenberg and Barrett S. Avigdor, New York Times best selling authors, What Happy Working Mothers Know)

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