ISBN 9781422189412,Leading the Life You Want : Skills for Integrating Work and Life

Leading the Life You Want : Skills for Integrating Work and Life



Harvard Universal Press

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781422189412

ISBN-10 1422189414


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Business & management

For nearly thirty years, my lifes work has been to help people like you find ways to bring the often warring aspects of life into greater harmony. - Stew Friedman, from Leading the 'Life You Want'.

Youre busy trying to lead a full life. But does it really feel full-or are you stretched too thin? Enter Stew Friedman, Wharton professor, adviser to leaders across the globe and passionate advocate of replacing the misguided metaphor of work / life balance with something more realistic and sustainable. If youre seeking balance youll never achieve it, argues Friedman. The idea that work competes with life ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity-the interaction of four domains-work, home, community and the private self. The goal is to create harmony among them instead of thinking only in terms of trade-offs. It can be done. Building on his national bestseller, total leadership and on decades of research, teaching and practise as both consultant and senior executive, Friedman identifies the critical skills for integrating work and the rest of life. He illustrates them through compelling original stories of these remarkable people

  • Former bain and company CEO and bridgespan co-founder Tom Tierney

  • Facebook COO and bestselling author 'Sheryl Sandberg''

  • Nonprofit leader and US navy SEAL Eric Greitens

  • US first lady Michelle Obama

  • Soccer champion-turned-broadcaster Julie Foudy

  • Renowned artist Bruce Springsteen

Each of these admirable (Though surely imperfect) people exemplifies a set of skills-for being real, being whole and being innovative-that produce a sense of purpose, coherence and optimism. Based on interviews and research, their stories paint a vivid picture of how six very different leaders use these skills to act with authenticity, integrity and creativity-and they prove that significant public success is accomplished not at the expense of the rest of life, but as the result of meaningful engagement in all its parts. With dozens of practical exercises for strengthening these skills, curated from the latest research in organisational psychology and related fields, this book will inspire you, inform you and instruct you on how to take realistic steps now toward leading the life you truly want.
About the Author
Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been teaching at Wharton, where he is the practise professor of management. In 1991 he founded both the Wharton leadership program-initiating the required MBA and undergraduate leadership courses-and the Wharton work / life integration project. He advises many organisations, gives high-energy keynotes and is an award-winning teacher. He was chosen by working mother as one of Americas twenty-five most influential men to have made things better for working parents and by thinkers50 as one of the worlds top fifty business thinkers. The families and work institute honoured him with a work life legacy award.