The premise in this book about the work-life balance "myth" is that balance is an unachievable or romanticized goal. It is actually satisfaction thatThe premise in this book about the work-life balance "myth" is that balance is an unachievable or romanticized goal. It is actually satisfaction that we should be striving for, in both our personal and professional lives. The book also emphasizes the need for people to approach their personal lives strategically, just as they (hopefully) approach their professional lives strategically. Kelly's assertions are then strongly supported by anecdotal evidence and exercises to help readers identify steps toward increasing satisfaction in their own lives.
This book is a quick, easy read. I read about half of it in a few nights before bed and then sat down and read the whole second half (including completing all the exercises) in one day. I really love the philosophy behind Kelly's assertions. He has a very clear and healthy grasp of what is important in life, including several times reiterating the importance of personal satisfaction in an employee's life, to the employer. What use, after all, is an employee whose personal life is imploding around them, even if they are planted vigilantly at their desk from 9am to 5pm? And his exercises and recommendations are straight-forward, easy to follow, and easily actionable.
I would actually recommend this book to one and all, whether you think you are struggling with work/life balance and satisfaction, or not. No doubt every reader will find at least a gem or two in this one....more
I found Sandberg's exploration of continued workforce gender issues to be spot-on, both insightful and useful. Of particular interest was her insightI found Sandberg's exploration of continued workforce gender issues to be spot-on, both insightful and useful. Of particular interest was her insight on the perception of women as caring, and how both men and women negatively judge women who let go that expected caring for self-promotion and ambition. Also interesting was the fact that women are less inclined to interrupt than men and are sometimes more often interrupted themselves. Women are less likely to negotiate for higher pay or put themselves out there for raises or promotions, which may be a contributing factor to the fact that women, on average, are still paid significantly less than men. I also find it telling that Sandberg received so much criticism for this book (both in the media and through word of mouth -- whenever I mentioned to someone that I was reading it, all I heard were bad things even though these people had never read the book themselves). When you get backlash for exposing issues like these, you know you must be on the right track.
This is a must read for both men and women. On a par with continuing to fight the institutional racism that still plagues the U.S., everyone should be aware of these issues, so we can all help contribute to their resolution. ...more
Rao's work on the philosophy of happiness includes more than thirty lessons on modifying your mindset toward happiness independent of expectation andRao's work on the philosophy of happiness includes more than thirty lessons on modifying your mindset toward happiness independent of expectation and worldly achievement. It is also the best, deepest, and most powerful book on happiness that I have read so far. It is better savored slowly, read and re-read. The lessons are sometimes dense, and certainly not absorbed perfectly through one reading but rather through prolonged and repeated contemplation. I plan to purchase a copy so I can reread at my leisure -- a permanent new fixture on my night stand. I recommend to anyone interested in removing themselves from the rat race of that next promotion, a bigger house, a boyfriend/girlfriend, fame and recognition will make me happy to do the same....more
Thank You for Firing Me! has much of the same career advice you can find in any other career advice book. Personal success stories are a typical way tThank You for Firing Me! has much of the same career advice you can find in any other career advice book. Personal success stories are a typical way that these types of books can make themselves stand out from one another. Although the personal stories in this book were great, there just weren't enough to make the book outstanding in that sense.
But the book did manage to combine the typical career advice with several chapters that functioned similarly to the BIG BOOK OF JOBS, 2009-2010. These chapters focused on popular and growing work areas such as Green Jobs or serving the Baby Boomer Generation and then went into general detail about what kinds of jobs you could do within that category. This is very useful information if you're not really sure what you want to do or you want to change jobs but are not yet sure where you'd like to go with your career next. Not so useful if you really already know what your career goals are.
The book also contains a huge list of resources and great advice on taking the skills you already have and making your own consulting business out of them. If you're out of work, you'll probably find this book useful and possibly even inspiring.
My only real complaint about the work is the organization, which often didn't flow or seem to follow a logical progression....more
I randomly bought this book from the author at a writing conference. (I happened to be very unhappy with my job at the time.) And I found it incrediblI randomly bought this book from the author at a writing conference. (I happened to be very unhappy with my job at the time.) And I found it incredibly enjoyable to read and heartening, as one sometimes facing career tribulations or indecision. The most useful chapter I found was one that included, essentially, a Should You Quit Your Job? quiz. If you answer yes to fifteen or more questions, then yes it's time to quit! This book definitely helps young(ish) rat-racers keep things in perspective....more