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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler; 1st ed edition (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576751163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576751169
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1 x 23.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John D. Drake currently serves as chairman of the board of Drake Inglesi Milardo, Inc. Before creating this firm, Drake founded and served as CEO of Drake Beam & Associates, Inc. (now Drake Beam Morin, Inc.), the world's largest human resources consulting firm (200+ offices in 43 countries). John Drake chose to downshift and sold his firm to a major publishing company. Over the past thirty years, Drake served as consultant to America's Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Atlantic Richfield, Citibank, GTE, Prudential Insurance, Warner-Lambert, and the World Bank. He is well known in corporate circles as a psychologist, consultant, speaker, and author. Drake has served as trustee for the University of New England. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Case-Western Reserve University, an MA in psychology from Fordham University, and a BS in economics and psychology from Rutgers University. Drake has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. Earlier in his career, Dr. Drake was the director of psychological services for Dunlap and Associates and director of management development for Allied-Signal Corporation. John and Dee Drake were married in 1952 and have four sons. They divide their time between Maine and Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Made a difference 3 Jan 2001
By Vivi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Drake clearly accomplishes his goal. In an easy-to-read, logical, step-by-step progression he helps the reader overcome doubts and fears, and then provides a wide range of downshifting actions-some risky; some involving little risk. I was impressed by his understanding of the corporate arena and the dangers that accompany cutting back at work. The clincher is his description about how to use any newfound time for increasing personal happiness.
I am writing this review because, on a personal level, it had a great impact on me. For years I've thought about finding a better work/life balance, but did nothing about it. This book brought me into action. Downshifting addressed two fears I had-lower income and less security. It helped me plan around these concerns and cope with the tradeoffs I have to make. I was most impressed with how the book's "enjoying life more" portion introduces concepts that have already improved my close relationships and how I feel about myself. I recommend it to anyone who has ever thought about a better balance in his or her life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Also Great For Volunteer Workers 2 Jan 2001
By Dorothy S. Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
While this book is focused on people who are in paid jobs, I found it provides unbelievable help to me as a near-full-time-volunteer who works for love. Drake has helped me see ways to slow down, do volunteer work more effectively, get rid of feelings of resentment that build up from over-involvement, and truly get back to enjoying life more.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Solid advice; practical examples 27 May 2005
By Jeff Davidson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The author consulted with readers trying to slow down the hectic paces of their professional lives. He helped them cut back on work and downshift by offering real-life anecdotes. The tone of this book is serious; the advice seems solid.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
New Directions 25 Jan 2001
By Robert McLoone - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are on the fence, Downshifting will get you to move. Great psychological and spiritual insights to help live a more peace filled life.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Been there done that!! 16 Jan 2001
By Herman Krone - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having accomplished my own downshifting more than ten years ago I can attest that John Drake has developed a solid grasp of the needs and concerns of those thinking about a change/reduction in their work schedule. Very insightful and helpful thinking.
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