The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

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The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

by Catherine McCarthy, Jean Gomes, Tony Schwartz

Free Press | February 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
This book was previously titled, Be Excellent at Anything.

The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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. The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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 needs.

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.

The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451610262

ISBN - 13: 9781451610260

Found in: Business and Finance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get the recipe - to be excellent at anything! Tony Schwartz exposes the uncomfortable truth that most people are not satisfied or fully engaged in work…or life. His compelling advice to maximize human potential is rooted in fascinating research. Whether you want to improve your own or your team’s potential, this book has the solution. And it is presented in an engaging, ‘don’t want to put it down’ way. Enjoy my summary of my top 3 learnings from the book at http://www.excellerate.ca/blogs/jillsblog/sleep-your-way-to-the-top-literally
Date published: 2012-02-17

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The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

by Catherine McCarthy, Jean Gomes, Tony Schwartz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

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.

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  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
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This book was previously titled, Be Excellent at Anything.

The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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. The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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 needs.

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.

The Way We''re Working Isn''t Working 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.

Editorial Reviews

"An engaging, thorough, and authoritative manual for optimal performance and for a rewarding life. Tony Schwartz has done it again. A business must read."