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Making Work Work: New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office

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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:

  • feel less trapped and more in charge
  • be able to make a bad situation better
  • search for a job that's a better fit for who you are.
This is a provocative and life-changing book that will help you boost your clarity, confidence, and performance in any economic climate. With Morgenstern's guidance you can find a way to make work work.

Review:

"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.)

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Welcome to the New World of Work

Self-Assessment

Is It You...or Is It Them?

Competency One

Embrace Your Work/Life Balance

Competency Two

Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Competency Three

Choose the Most Important Tasks

Competency Four

Create the Time to Get Things Done

Competency Five

Control the Nibblers

Competency Six

Organize at the Speed of Change

Competency Seven

Master Delegation

Competency Eight

Work Well with Others

Competency Nine

Leverage Your Value

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743250870
Subtitle:
New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office
Other:
Morgenstern, Julie
Author:
Morgenstern, Julie
Publisher:
Fireside
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Business Life - Inspirational
Subject:
Organizational Behavior
Subject:
Time management
Subject:
Office management
Subject:
Paper work
Subject:
Personal Growth - Success
Subject:
Business Life - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 151
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 16.016 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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