The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz

The Way We're Working Isn't Working

The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes, Catherine McCarthy (2010) Hardcover

Details The Way We're Working Isn't Working

TitleThe Way We're Working Isn't Working
Release DateMay 18th, 2010
PublisherFree Press
GenrePsychology, Self Help, Personal Development, Business, Management

Reviews The Way We're Working Isn't Working

  • Cathy
    This book is written for the corporate world, so I had to adapt it to my very un-corporate life. Some of it just didn't apply to me, but there was some excellent information that really helped me. I LOVED the idea of periods of work mixed with periods of rest and renewal. And now I am going to go take a well-deserved nap :).
  • Nathanael Coyne
    This book makes so much sense - it's frustrating that these principles aren't understood widely and incorporated into our lives and culture. The concept is actually similar to another book I recently read - Mood Mapping - where various states are explained in four-quadrant graphs. Physical, emotional, attention and focus.A recurring theme in the book is the idea of waves, the need to oscillate from intense states of exercise or productivity to "r...
  • Федор Кривов
    Динамичное сочетание напряженной работы и процесса восполнения энергии позволяет удовлетворять наши насущные потребности: жизнеспособность, безопасность, самовыражение и значимость. Лишь в этом случае мы улучшаем результаты изо дня в день. Ин...
  • Florin Grigoriu
    Good book, describing inner needs to excel. From physical needs(which were pretty un-exciting to read) to the emotional and spiritual , which is the part this book excel. I Listened this book twice , guess I really liked it :-)
  • Uwe Hook
    Generally, I record my book reviews on Goodreads but this book by Tony Schwartz was so close to the core mission of BatesHook that I wanted to share it with a wier audience.The basic premise of the book is: The furious activity to accomplish more with less exacts a series of silent costs: less capacity for focused attention, less time for any given task, and less opportunity to think reflectively and long term."Below are a few of the big ideas th...
  • Sean Goh
    No career automatically provides a purpose, but no job precludes our finding a purpose in it either. It isn't the role we fill that prompts a sense of purpose but how we choose to approach whatever work we do.The bigger the reservoir of value of value and well-being, the less emotionally vulnerable we are to everyday challenges. Our core mental need is self-expression, the freedom to put our unique skills and talents to effective use in the world...
  • Karen
    This is a very helpful book. Not that anything he says is revolutionary, but he does bring it together in way that makes you think. He covers everything from taking breaks at work, to eating right, to exercising and a myriad of other factors that sap our energy and make us less of the person we want to be. His basic premise is that because we think we need to work harder and longer hours, we are not actually doing good work anymore. He talks abou...
  • Megan
    This is a great book to read if you are a manager or hold a leadership position in your job. The book is written by three folks who founded the Energy Project, which works with larger companies to change their cultures in order to create happier and more effective employees. The book is broken into the four needs of employees - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. They believe that happy and healthy employees = more productivity = more money/s...
  • Derek Winterburn
    This is a 'summary of the field' of current thinking about productivity and management. In some senses it takes the ideas of a book like '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' and applies them to the corporate and organisation worlds. The authors take each of e.g. Covey's 'Four Human Needs' and think of them as sources of energy (Physical/Sustainabiity, Emotional/Security, Mental/Self-expression and Spiritual/significance.) The book then becomes a...
  • Calin Biris
    o carte foarte bună despre priorităţi, eficienţă şi dezvoltarea personală şi profesională
  • Lynn Ellison
    I frequently recommend this book, even though I haven't been able to implement the techniques.
  • Jennifer
    Thoroughly appreciated the wealth of wisdom, research and concepts that went into this book. Though it was directed toward a corporate entity, I could readily apply the same concepts toward my family and other spheres of involvement. These concepts were most helpful:1) The relentless urgency that characterizes our life undermines deliberation, creativity, engagement, and sustainable high performance.2) Human beings are designed to pulse between t...
  • Claire
    Not everything in this book is revolutionary, but this book does bring some fundamental topics together and frame them in a good way that is easy for everyone to read. There are so many 'meat' to digest in this book and it is difficult to integrate them at one set. The biggest take-away for me after reading this book is that I have a framework to understand how corporate can support its people to make them more energetic and work better from work...
  • Cynthia Lorimor
    Great Information - I've lived it. Physical/sustainability - Emotional/security - Mental/self-expression - Spiritual/significance...the four major needs and energies we ALL try to balance. This book successfully navigates how to work toward balance in all of these energies as an employee and an employer. Seems so easy, yet it is a great challenge. Most often the person who stands in our way is ourself. Great read. Well worth the time and energy.
  • Kris
    A good read. I appreciate the chapter recaps toward the end to refresh. We spend too much time trying to do too many things at once. Multitasking zaps our energy and keeps us from fully engaging and learning. However, people will continue to do busy work, multitask and continue living in a way that is never whole, but anything less is not accepted in corporate business. It is an inspiring book and if you can put 10% of it to work for you it will ...
  • Carol
    3.5 stars...lots of great facts and helpful tips to motivate and sustain change...although at the same time, there wasn’t significant new content for me at this point in my career. Would highly recommend for someone a few years in to their career.
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  • Cara
    This book seems to be _The Power of Full Engagement_ all over again. I'd be hard-pressed to identify any differences. But, since I "read" that one on audio, I never felt like I fully absorbed it, so I've been meaning to read it again anyway.The premise is simple: instead of rushing around frantically and/or making ourselves sit at our desks longer in attempt to get more done, we need to get more efficient. That happens by working in sprints follo...
  • Denys Sergushkin
    This is a must read for anyone and everyone. Mr. Schwartz puts life back into perspective then gives the reader the tools to empower their own unique and successful destiny.
  • Francis
    This is year where I'm making a big push to thrive in all aspects in my life - and I'm just beyond delighted to have chanced upon this book. Tony Schwartz offers practical tips on how to best manage our personal and professional lives - substantiated with empirical evidence and case studies (through his work with companies such as Visa) - to really be able to excel at anything we set our minds on. There are solid action steps at the end of each c...
  • Jenny
    Wow, great read! Examines workplace cultures and how to make them more sustainable. But it's written for a more corporate environment, or for folks who may not already believe in sustainability as a value in its own right. So it's filled with research on human behavior; the facts! A refreshing break from the more touchy-feely social worker stuff that's my more typical reading diet. Plus it's in small chunks, so easy to read if you only have a lit...
  • Christina Lear
    This is designed as a self-help style book for corporate people who are burnt out. Not something I would normally pick up since I don't work in the corporate sector, but I think that the theoretical base of this book is really important for ALL people in our busy, stressed-out culture. I would definitely recommend you read this book if you feel overwhelmed or unsatisfied in your current work life. Basically, Schwartz argues that we don't work in ...
  • Debbie
    According to Tony Schwartz, many of us are misdirected in the way we value the expenditure of energy - we tend to operate like machines, for long periods of time at high speeds. He contends that we are mistaken in the belief that investing more time, more continuously is the only way to get more done. He writes that we will be healthier and more effective, by learning to shift between energy expenditure and energy renewal, and he provides multipl...
  • David
    As homework assignments go it's just all right. As homework assignments for a leadership work-group it's pretty good. It is an interesting study in the good and bad ways we depleate and renew our energy reserves... and I have to say, "holy bad habits, Batman," there is a ton of stuff we do to ourselves that is just down right self-destructive. It is an eye-opening look at how our lives can be leveraged toward greater success if we just understand...
  • Karen
    Really resonated with me. My work culture expects employees to be responsive in real time. The pace has gotten faster, the line between home and work is increasingly blurred and "real time" responsiveness leaves little time for thoughtful execution. We react quickly to "keep things moving" and satisfy corporate goals. Looking at the quadrants Schwartz puts forth here, I can better visualize the impact of this pattern and what kinds of behaviors w...
  • Taracuda
    I think my review should be taken with the caveat that I'm already very familiar with mindfulness, having learned about it in my personal life and brought it to work with me. I've also read lots of Daniel Pink's work on motivation. As a result, I didn't find much new or groundbreaking in this book. It was more of a summary of what I already try to do. That said, there were some very good tidbits to put to work, like going out of my way to help my...
  • Guy J
    An interesting book, somewhat dry/academic at times (the quadrant matrix is clear and concise, but overused). I found it to be rather repetitious, and the subject matter would probably have been better served as an HBR article vs. a complete book. While the takeaways are spot on, but the ideas are too theoretical for practical application in today's business environment (try to have a conversation about this book with managers and the response is...
  • Beth Cain
    I thought that this was a good summary of the different aspects of yourself that you need to balance to maintain a sense of well-being: rest, exercise, nutrition, meaning, challenge, emotional safety, etc. I was completely pulled in to the argument of living a balanced life in order to be more productive. "I want to take a walk right now and the exercise will help me get more done after than I would've without it." However, I read an article in N...
  • Muhammad Arrabi
    AMAZING Book.If you work in a corporation, you HAVE to read this book. It'll make you MUCH more efficient at work, and MUCH happier in life.Tony Schwartz has been doing the "Energy Project" research for over 10 years. He published 2 previous books. He consulted for top CEOs from around the world. And at the end of all that, he compiled this amazing book that brings Academic Research & Behavior Psychology in one hand, and then very practical long-...
  • Michael
    The title was not a good choice in my opinion. Actually an interesting argument that the culture generally focuses too much on managing personal and organizational time, and not enough on managing personal and organizational energy. Advocates periods of intense focus with periods of positive recuperation, creating a "perform/recover" cycle. Says that the CEO of the future will be known as an "organizational energy manager" and includes some compe...