Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.32 × 2.17 × 0.35 in
Published: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Free Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451610262
ISBN - 13: 9781451610260
About the Book
Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling "The Power of Full Engagement," offers individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands we all face in an increasingly complex world.
Read from the Book
More and More, Less and Less The way we’re working isn’t working. The defining ethic in the modern workplace is more, bigger, faster. More information than ever is available to us, and the speed of every transaction has increased exponentially, prompting a sense of permanent urgency and endless distraction. We have more customers and clients to please, more e-mails to answer, more phone calls to return, more tasks to juggle, more meetings to attend, more places to go, and more hours we feel we must work to avoid falling further behind. The technologies that make instant communication possible anywhere, at any time, speed up decision making, create efficiencies, and fuel a truly global marketplace. But too much of a good thing eventually becomes a bad thing. Left unmanaged and unregulated, these same technologies have the potential to overwhelm us. The relentless urgency that characterizes most corporate cultures undermines creativity, quality, engagement, thoughtful deliberation, and, ultimately, performance. No matter how much value we produce today—whether it’s measured in dollars or sales or goods or widgets—it’s never enough. We run faster, stretch out our arms further, and stay at work longer and later. We’re so busy trying to keep up that we stop noticing we’re in a Sisyphean race we can never win. All this furious activity exacts a series of silent costs: less capacity for focused attention, less time for any given
From the Publisher
This book was previously titled, The Way We''re Working
Be Excellent at Anything is one of those rare books with
the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.
Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of
"more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious
costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and
passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel
disengaged at work every day. Be Excellent at Anything
offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we're
both more satisfied and more productive-on the job and off.
By integrating multidisciplinary findings
from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of
the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a
persuasive case that we're neglecting the four core needs that
energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security
(emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance
(spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for
long periods, we're at our best when we pulse rhythmically between
expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four
Organizations undermine sustainable high
performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people.
Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core
needs so they're freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of
themselves to work every day.
Drawing on extensive work with an
extra-ordinary range of organizations, among them Google, Ford,
Sony, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM, the Los Angeles Police
Department, and the Cleveland Clinic, Schwartz creates a road map
for a new way of working. At the individual level, he explains how
we can build specific rituals into our daily schedules to balance
intense effort with regular renewal; offset emotionally draining
experiences with practices that fuel resilience; move between a
narrow focus on urgent demands and more strategic, creative
thinking; and balance a short-term focus on immediate results with
a values-driven commitment to serving the greater good. At the
organizational level, he outlines new policies, practices, and
cultural messages that Schwartz's client companies have adopted.
Be Excellent at Anything offers
individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven
set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands
we all face in an increasingly complex world.
"An engaging, thorough, and authoritative manual for optimal performance and for a rewarding life. Tony Schwartz has done it again. A business must read."