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Zen Your Work

Create Your Ideal Work Experience Through Mindful Self-Mastery
Narrated by: Judith Hoag
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Use mindfulness techniques to handle toxic stress in the workplace and to create your ideal professional experience from the inside out.

While working in a particularly toxic environment, Karlyn Borysenko came to this liberating realization: She couldn't control other people, but she could control herself, her perspective, and her actions. Now an organizational psychologist, consultant, and executive coach, Borysenko tells us how to bridge the gap between where we are now and what will bring us the most professional success and happiness. We must achieve self-mastery - by accepting responsibility for our actions, understanding our innate work style, and discerning when and how to push outside our comfort zone.

In Zen Your Work, Borysenko tells us how to set personal goals that allow us to focus our energy and create measures of success that aren't affected by the cynicism, competitiveness, or narcissism of others. Borysenko teaches us to apply mindfulness techniques in a highly practical way to achieve professional success, create game-changing relationships (even with the most negative people in the office), decrease stress, and enjoy a better work/life balance.

©2018 Karlyn Borysenko (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME.

I picked up this book at SHRM19 after a twitter exchange with the Author. I typically read 50 to 75 books a year and I have to say this is one of the better business/self-help books I’ve read in a very long time. It’s very well written and is chock full of valuable and actionable ideas and reminders.

As always, I took a ton of notes but here are a few of the highlights I particularly enjoyed:

I enjoyed the passage in Chapter 9 about the importance of listening and having a constructive debate and exploring diverse viewpoints instead of trying to win a “pissing contest”. Always a great reminder when discussing issues with those you disagree with.

I also gained a lot of value in Chapter 11’s discussion on confidence. Things I already know but I appreciated the way it was presented which gave me the motivation to recharge my own confidence at work.

On a personal level in Chapter 12, Dr. Borysenko discusses the difference of being a victim or a target of bullying. I never thought of it this way and I had a very personal “a-ha moment” having once allowed myself to be the victim of a workplace bully, instead of seeing me as being the target. What an excellent mindset shift and one where I will never allow myself to be a victim again. I should not have given them that power!

On a professional level, in responding to Dr. Borysenko‘s recommending of not reporting bullying to HR, HR can only do so much when a bully is reported to us. We do the investigation and make our recommendations but the bully’s direct supervisor is the one who will make the decision to deliver a corrective action or not. If the leadership and managers respect and value their HR leaders, they will listen and take the recommended actions but if they don’t respect and value HR, the bullying will continue and, yes, it would be best for the victim to move on.

Thanks for recommending your book to me, Dr. Borysenko!