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Making Work Work: New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Officeby Julie Morgenstern
Synopses & Reviews
Maintaining control in today's hectic workplace is a challenge — everything is lean, competitive, and uncertain. What does it take to survive?
Making Work Work is Julie Morgenstern's most important book yet. Through the mastery of brand-new strategies, Morgenstern shows you how small changes in your thinking and behavior will help you achieve the seemingly impossible — boost your value, increase your job security, and afford you the time to still have a life.
Morgenstern has helped clients of all levels take control of their work lives in every industry: from corporations and nonprofits to government agencies and small businesses; from executives and assistants to educators and salespeople. She's learned that no matter who you are, happiness at work involves feeling appreciated, in control, successful, and in balance. And achieving that is possible.
People rarely look at their jobs from a psychological and practical perspective at the same time, but Julie Morgenstern does. This book mirrors the individual consulting services she provides by showing you how to start with yourself and then tackle the more complex external issues of working relationships and the job. For every obstacle you encounter along the way, Morgenstern diagnoses the source of the problem (is it you or them?), and with insight and warmth, she provides simple grab-and-go strategies. These are small changes anyone can make to improve performance and efficiency at work.
At its core, Making Work Work is about your relationship to your job. With the reliable, methodical process taught in this book, you will:
"Whether in the executive boardroom or a windowless cubicle, the key to a more balanced, productive existence, according to organizer extraordinaire Morgenstern, is PEP (physical health, escape and people), the four Ds (delete, delay, delegate and diminish) and a healthy dose of reality about what is doable, and what is impossible, at work. Written in the same to-the-point approach as her Organizing from the Inside Out, this volume espouses a combination of philosophies that not only makes a whole lot of sense but is practical and applicable to the real world, no matter what the job or office setting. Each 'competency' (as the chapters are called) includes scenarios taken from actual clients, bullet-pointed tips known as 'grab-and-go-strategies,' from getting away from wasteful e-mails to planning your day better and always dancing 'close to the revenue line.' Morgenstern promises readers a significant change in their workload, productivity level and all-around confidence if they refrain from reading, replying to or even perusing e-mail in the first hour of the day. This may be a hard sell for some desk-based professionals, but it's clear that Morgenstern knows her stuff. The habits of workaholics and perfectionists, she argues, are impractical and will render one unproductive. In accessible, encouraging prose, Morgenstern helps readers learn their boundaries, limits, strengths and weaknesses. Agent, Joni Evans. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This book is brimming with great ideas for making our working lives better. And when work is working for us, that's when we can serve ourselves and others best." Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and The On-Time, On-Target Manager
"Until you change the way you work at things, the things you work at will never change. Julie teaches how to change those things and become more energetic and efficient at work. This book is a must for anyone who loves to work." Pat Riley, President, the Miami HEAT
"As someone who is always one stack of papers or one missed meeting away from being on top of things, I found Julie Morgenstern's Making Work Work invaluable. Creativity, they say, comes only to the prepared mind. Julie's book will help every reader get prepared to give of their best." Marcus Buckingham, co-author of First, Break All The Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths
"If you're like me, you're probably sick and tired of the Dilbert-eye view of the world of work. The good news is, there's an alternative. Work can be meaningful, productive, worthwhile, even fun. Want to know how? Read this book! Real help is inside these covers." Alan M. Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company
Table of Contents
Welcome to the New World of Work
Is It You...or Is It Them?
Embrace Your Work/Life Balance
Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Choose the Most Important Tasks
Create the Time to Get Things Done
Control the Nibblers
Organize at the Speed of Change
Work Well with Others
Leverage Your Value
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