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Life Balance: How to Convert Professional Success into Personal Happiness
 
 

Life Balance: How to Convert Professional Success into Personal Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Alan Weiss

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"The pundits all talk about achieving a balance of work and life. But until now, no one has provided clear, concise instructions about how to attain it. Alan Weiss elevates this book into the ranks of the ′must read′ by providing a wealth of practical information in an engaging and thoroughly readable fashion. He shows that to be successful you don′t have to just work, work, work." — George B. Irish, president, Hearst Newspapers "Everybody talks about added value in business . . . this book is added life value at its best. With wit and wisdom, Alan Weiss provides suggestions and solutions for people who are tired of putting their life happiness on hold." — Judy Jernudd, CEO, StarTegic®, and former Los Angeles television news reporter and talk show host, KCBS, UPN, and KTTV

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A popular aphorism suggests that in the end, no one ever regretted not spending more time in the office. Yet during our lives and careers we often seem to confuse our priorities, shifting our focus so that we end up with clients whom we know extremely well and families who are de facto strangers. In this book, widely renowned consultant Alan Weiss—cited as "a worldwide expert in executive education" in Success Magazine—tells how to blend life, work, and relationships in a way that will help anyone to work smarter and live better.

Weiss draws on scores of interviews and vignettes with highly successful consultants to offer nontheoretical, pragmatic advice on living a balanced life, including how to:

  • Work smart and not hard
  • Have time to fulfill your passions
  • Build on success, not on correcting weakness
  • Give yourself short- and long-term personal rewards
  • Take risks and reinvent yourself (again and again)
  • Play to win— but ignore the score and reward the effort
  • Influence others while surrendering the need to control
  • Visualize the future

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3042 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (11 Mar. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PBFJY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #812,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A breather for the consultant 6 Mar. 2010
By Erik Gfesser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This text is part of a 7-part series by the author called "The Ultimate Consultant", and while this reviewer may not be interested in reading the entire series, another text in the series, "How to Establish a Unique Brand in the Consulting Profession: Powerful Techniques for the Successful Practitioner", was so well done that the premise of this book peeked my interest. It is not often that one finds material on the subject matter at hand - life balance that specifically addresses the consultant. As Weiss writes, "if you've achieved success in this profession - or expect to - then you deserve to enjoy that success in support of your life priorities". Balance at work, balance at rest, and balance in relationships is discussed, and a portion of the material presented originated from the author's "Balancing Act: Blending Life, Work, and Relationships" newsletter.

In the chapter entitled "Leverage - Archimedes Was Right: There's a Reason Why the 'Big Eight' Have Slimmed Down", Weiss offers an important reminder that this consultant appreciated: "There are several reasons for working hard and not smart, but the most critical is the search for perfection. We are tentative and hesitant to proceed unless we feel we've done everything possible to ensure success. However, most success is actually accomplished en route to the goal, meaning that the adjustments and modifications made along the way are the keys, since they are in reaction to real-time events and not hypothesized events. When you're 80 percent ready to move, move! The report, presentation, evaluation, meeting, workshop, or whatever will not be improved demonstrably by demonically seeking to improve that final 20 percent. Moreover, that final 20 percent of improvement is seldom perceived by the other party. In other words, the workshop participants, meeting attendees, reader of the report, person being evaluated, and other recipients can't appreciate the distinction of that final fifth. What they can readily appreciate are any adjustments you make that improve their lives."

Also well received by this reader was the chapter entitled "Innovation and Risk: We're Here to Make Waves, Not to Stick Our Toes in the Water", where Weiss writes: "People who tell you they've never failed are in one of three positions: (1) they've never tried anything really worthwhile; (2) they have and don't realize it; or (3) they're lying. Failure - and the willingness to take risks which may lead to failure - is the mark of someone whose professional life is remarkably in balance. Trying to avoid failure at all costs is highly stressful (because it's a game that can't be won). More importantly, you cannot run your professional life on the basis of not losing, not failing, and not incurring setbacks. In this business, we must play to win, not play to avoid losing. Every time you see an athletic team of any nature with a big lead lose the lead and the game in the latter stages of the competition, it's because the coach has opted to play it safe and try to protect the lead. That is, instead of playing with the intent to win, the team is playing with the intent not to lose. These are two radically different philosophies, and the latter is death to an entrepreneur."

In the appendix, the author offers a somewhat eclectic list of 150 personal pieces of observation and advice that he has assembled from his experience, and reiterates the refrain from other texts in his series: "Improve by just 1 percent a day, and in 70 days you're twice as good". This advice ranges from the serious in #4: "People often make the mistake of allotting time for various aspects of their life each week, thinking that the technique provides balance (two hours a day with the pets, an hour every other day exercising, a weekend day with a significant other). But this meeting out of hours only provides quantity, not quality. The real test is in the intensity, fulfillment, and enjoyment of the time, not the mere expenditure of it." To the humorous in #34: "One of the greatest lines I ever heard was spoken by actor Dudley Moore playing the title role of 'Author' when he drunkenly says to his long-suffering valet (Sir John Gielgud, no less), 'Don't you wish you were me? I know I do.' Hey, shouldn't we all feel so good about our lives that we aspire to be us?"
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a book about enjoying success 23 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Despite all of Alan Weiss's books, consulting, workshops, newsletters and the rest of his success, or perhaps because of it, a couple or bitter reviewers seem to follow his listings to plant a single star where everyone else plants five. But that my be the price of success when bitter people are upset at their own failings.
This is a wonderful book which deals with escaping from tasks and deliverables. There are several sections on how to create more discretionary time. Weiss includes formulas for stress relief and establishing personal rewards. And he talks about personal mastery. The book is dvided into work, rest, and relationship sections. It is based on his popular newsletter, Balancing Act, and his workshops on life balance. (And I noted that it's published by a major publishing house, so the criticism of the size of the font is hardly relevant to the author or the quality of the material.)
Buy this book if you want to give yourself permission to succeed and enjoy life.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Weiss tell it like it is 17 Mar. 2005
By Lenny Laskowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alan Weiss tells it like it is. If you want to learn from one of the best...read EVERYTHING Alan Weiss writes! Alan's insights and experience are second to none. I personally own just about every book Alan Weiss has written. He is not only a consultant's consultant, but he is also a gifted writer as well.

Alan Weiss's advice, insights and knowledge will take years off your learning curve. This book is a must for your library.

Lenny Laskowski, Author of National Best Selling Book:

"10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking"

President of LJL Seminars(tm)
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