Sleeping with Your Smart Phone

How to Break the 24-7 Habit and Change the Way You Work
Narrated by: Eric Synnestvedt
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Does it have to be this way? Can’t resist checking your smartphone or mobile device? Sure, all this connectivity keeps you in touch with your team and the office - but at what cost?

In Sleeping with Your Smartphone, Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow reveals how you can disconnect and become more productive in the process. In fact, she shows that you can devote more time to your personal life and accomplish more at work.

The good news is that this doesn’t require a grand organizational makeover or buy-in from the CEO. All it takes is collaboration between you and your team - working together and making small, doable changes.

What started as an experiment with a six-person team at The Boston Consulting Group - one of the world’s elite management consulting firms - triggered a global initiative that eventually spanned more than 900 BCG teams in 30 countries across five continents. These teams confronted their nonstop workweeks and changed the way they worked, becoming more efficient and effective.

The result? Employees were more satisfied with their work-life balance and with their work in general. And the firm was better able to recruit and retain employees. Clients also benefited - often in unexpected ways.

In this engaging audiobook, Perlow takes you inside BCG to witness the challenges and benefits of disconnecting. She provides a step-by-step guide to introducing change on your team - by establishing a collective goal, encouraging open dialogue, ensuring leadership support - and then spreading change to the rest of your firm.

If you and your colleagues are grappling with the "always on" problem, it’s time to disconnect - and start listening.

©2012 Harvard Business School Publishing Company (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Professionals of all kinds complain about the difficulty of balancing life and work, but no one has had much insight about how to fix the problem… until Leslie Perlow went out and did it. This audiobook should be required listening for every consultant, manager, HR professional, and working parent with a demanding career." (Chip Heath, coauthor, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard)
"Ms. Perlow’s advice should be taken seriously” ( The Economist)

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Great info, not a great reader

What did you love best about Sleeping with Your Smart Phone?

The simplicity of the approach to changing a culture. It looks totally do-able.

What did you like best about this story?

I can act on it.

What didn’t you like about Eric Synnestvedt’s performance?

Eric has a way of speaking that sounds condescending. It gets annoying. I keep listening because it's the best way for me to get acquainted with the material, but a more positive tone to his reading would help a ton!

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