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5.0 out of 5 starsMy professional coach recommended this book as a reference for putting balance into ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014
My professional coach recommended this book as a reference for putting balance into my work life. It focuses on some of the common practice and work habits of people who are top in their field. It gives some good ideas, although I'm not sure that I will be able to put all of these ideas into practice. It's worth the price and good to have on hand if you are trying to improve your effectiveness.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2010
This book was great. I've had a very difficult past year due to massive workloads on the job. I've worked 6 -7 days a week for almost 10 months and cannot count how many all nighters and late nights I put in. This is tough when you are married with two small kids. Anyway, the book really hammered home in clear language excellent strategies on how best to handle situations like mine. I personally felt relieved to have a better understanding of what has happening in my work life, why, and how to improve it. I listened to it on the road and took a lot of notes so I wouldn't forget the key points. I've started implementing some of the basic strategies and I'm already seeing a difference. My wife is now listening to it so we can team up and make progress together.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2010
This is a must read for anyone and everyone. Mr. Schwartz puts life back into perspective then gives the reader the tools to empower their own unique and successful destiny. The audio CD is a mainstay for all of our road trips.
4.0 out of 5 starsOld Perspective with relevent information
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2010
This is not your typical management book in the sense of how to work harder, smarter, or longer. It is, however, a great book to remind us to take the time to "make time" for the bigger picture and take care of our personal lives too.
At first I thought is was going to just be another one of those "feel good" motivational books that last about 30 microseconds after the book if finished, but this one had some valid physiological examples verifying the suggestions.
I would recommend this book as a reminder to what it important in life, and balancing all those "things" we need to do and keep up with.
5.0 out of 5 starsThose who need this information the most will never read it
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2011
Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.
I agree with Schwartz's basic premise that "nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day." Also, I think that Schwartz's ideas for "reenergizing our lives so we're both more satisfied and more productive," are on target.
Schwartz includes a 3-page bibliography and over 13 pages of notes.
His first three chapters (and their titles) clearly identify the problem: 1) "more & More, Less & Less (overwhelmed with technology and the urgencies that correspond, our creativity, quality, engagement, throughtful deliberation, and performance is undermined), 2) "We Can't Change What We Don't Notice," and 3) "We're Creature of Habit." Unfortunately, people cannot override negative inertia, and one book, no matter how good, cannot and will not (is unlikely to) help.
Make no mistake, this is a very good book and Schwartz's strategies in the four areas of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, are excellent -- not necessarily ground breaking (or earth shattering) -- but certainly they are fine ideas none-the-less. I liked, for example, in the area of the physical, his chapters, "Sleep or Die," and "Use It or Lose It." "The Facts and the Stories We Tell," in the "emotional" area discussed "realistic optimism" and perception. Excellent chapters. The chapter, "Cultivating the Whole Brain," in the "mental" part of the book is very good, and the chapter, "Purpose for Passion," in the "spiritual" part is also well done. Schwartz has some very good ideas.
I thought Schwartz' inclusion of "The Big Ideas," Chapters 1-20 (pp. 277-296), which summarized all his chapters, was a great addition to this book.
Overall, I this book is superbly written, includes captivating stories and examples, offers well-illustrated (with tables and graphs) concepts, and uses excellent sources. The average rating of the 21 reviews written at Amazon.com as I completed this review was five stars out of five. That certainly says a lot.
What I find unfortunate in all of this is that those who need this information the most will never see or read it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2013
Anyone in business should buy and read this book. Actually I take that back, anyone who wants to be ultra successful should read this book, digest it and apply it! It's brilliant! Have a note pad and pen at the ready because the gems of wisdom in here are revolutionary!!