One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes that work- life balance was a mistake from the start. Because we don't really want balance. We want satisfaction.
Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his team, and himself to find deep, long-term satisfaction both personally and professionally. He introduces us to the three philosophies of our age that are dragging us down. He shows us how to cultivate the energy that will give us enough battery power for everything we need and want to do. And finally, in five clear steps, he shows us how to use his Personal & Professional Satisfaction System to establish and honor our biggest priorities, even if we spend a lot more time on some of the lesser ones.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.64(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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What People are Saying About This
"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)
"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.)
"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)
"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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm the type of person this book was written for. A great doctor, a great mother of three, but with a struggling practice and a marriage in trouble. Never enough time in the days. Not enough help. I knew the answer was within me and simple...but I couldn't wrap my brain around it. The author lays it out so simply that it gives even someone like me hope that I can be happy and satisfied with my life and not feel guilty about the difficult decisions I have to make on a day to day basis. I've already started making plans for tomorrow. Very insightful.
Excellent book. it will make you think about what is truly important in you life. Couldn't put it down!
Excellen book. Great read. Mr. Kelly lays out how to self reflect and either take control or redirect your focus to what your priorities and strengths are.
While Off Balance by Matthew Kelly does present a few good ideas scattered amongst contradictory ideas, Catholic followers of this author and speaker may be disappointed in the overall content. Mr. Kelly's "research" is not documented with any bibliographic details and his assertion that personal and professional satisfaction "trumps" balance needs further clarification in light of his other "Catholic" writings. Research bias needs to be considered in this particular work where the author may have influenced the results of his interpretation of his phone interviews in order to fit his thesis. His assertion that people do not want or need balance appears to be in contradiction with Pope Benedicts teachings about finding balance between work and rest. Pope Benedict XVI has urged families to seek a healthier balance between work and rest. The Pope points out the true dilemma by calling families around the world to “restore the real meaning of rest to feast days. “Work and rest”, writes the Pope in his letter, are intimately associated with the life of families. They influence the choices the family makes, the relationship between spouses and among parents and children, and they affect the dealings the family has with society and the Church.”The Roman Pontiff further illuminates the real crisis by writing that “in our own time, unfortunately, the organization of work, which is planned and implemented as a function of market competition and maximizing profit, and the concept of rest as a time for evasion and consumption, contribute to the break-up of families and communities, and to the spread of an individualistic lifestyle. Overall, the book is not entirely anti-Catholic and does present some elements of Catholicism and spirituality but the book is primarily presented as a secular self-help book with a "system" which needs further analysis via more sound traditional research methodolgy.