Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work

Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best seller Designing Your Life ("Life has questions. They have answers" --The NYT)--a job-changing, outlook-changing, life-changing book that shows us how to transform our work lives and create a dream job that is meaningful without necessarily changing the job we have.

Dysfunctional Belief: I'm stuck in a lousy situation (and there's nothing I can do about it).
Reframe: I'm stuck in a lousy situation (and I'm finding the problems and the solutions).
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans successfully taught graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University and readers of their best-selling book, Designing Your Life ("The prototype for a happy life." --Brian Lehrer, NPR), that designers don't analyze, worry, think, complain their way forward; they build their way forward.
In Designing Your Work Life, Burnett and Evans show us how design thinking can transform our present job and our experience of work in general by utilizing the designer mindsets: Curiosity. Reframing. Radical collaboration. Awareness. Bias to action. Storytelling.
Dysfunctional Belief: Good enough isn't good enough.
Reframe: Good enough is GREAT--for now.
Burnett and Evans show us how, with tools, tips, and ideas, to enjoy what we have and to live in a state of "good enough, for now," one of the strongest, most effective reframes there is, and how this idea, once understood and accepted, can make new possibilities available, giving us the energy to enjoy the present moment and allowing us to begin to prototype possible futures.
And if we want to quit? Burnett and Evans show us how to use the job we have to get the job we want (in another company), and show us as well, the art and science of quitting (leave the campsite better than we found it), using the power of the quit design to reframe how we finish our current job and get a better one.
They write, as well, about how the work world is changing as the automation of work increases (hello Alexa, artificial intelligence, drones, and robots); how thinking like a designer can make us flexible, and ready to adapt to change . . .

Title:Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525655244
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  • James

    Given my feelings about the first book, it seems unlikely that I would choose to read this one, and yet here we are, and I really can't say that this one was much better than the first, although to be...

  • Robin

    I got this out of the library because I found Burnett and Evans's earlier book helpful in imagining how I might like my life to look as I moved toward retirement. Because I am pretty happy at how thin...

  • Jill

    As a follow-up to their first book, I found this book to be more more "practical" and career oriented. As a career coach, it was filled with psychology and techniques that I've used over the years wit...

  • Rich

    I'm not sure I'm the best reader for this book. Topics like money v. meaning, mind-set, and power and politics--roughly the first half of the book--were more useful to me than topics like quitting, mo...

  • Kirstin Swartz

    I picked this up because of the title and the subject had epitomes of what I enjoyed most about Sarah Knights Get Your Sh*t Together. Designing Your Work Life is all about re-framing your way of think...

  • Anandh Sundar

    I decided to read this book basis the extract on gracefully quitting your job: the chapter on a good handover itself is worth the whole book. other points like Maker mix, delegating, networking etc is...

  • Stevo Brock

    This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 3/8, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. How to visualize and build a work-life that is product...

  • Juliana Han

    Everyone who has a job and is not thrilled with it should have this book. I wish I did before I quit any number of jobs, always looking for something better but not sure how to find it. This gives hop...

  • Earl

    I really enjoyed their first book which was a general guide to a better life. This was more specific. The only reason I didn't like it as much because it wasn't relevant to me at this time. I can see ...

  • Savannah Peterson

    The best toolkit out there for people looking to find purpose at work....