CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age

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You are the CEO of your life: you, and nobody else. You can establish the new rules that will help you achieve true balance between work and the rest of your life. And if you don't do it, nobody else will. Now is the time to take control, and this is the book that will get you there. CEO of Me is like no other "work-life balance" book you've ever seen: there are no clichés here, and no one-size-fits all solutions. Instead, Drs. Ellen Kossek and Brenda Lautsch help you identify which of six worklife "patterns" you fit into and how to move towards a pattern that's more productive and comfortable for you, one step at a time. As leaders of North America's largest research projects on work/life balance, Kossek and Lautsch are singularly well-qualified to write this book. Drawing on their unparalleled research insights, they show how to identify the personal triggers that cause you the greatest stress...make the small changes that make the biggest difference...make technology work for you, not against you...redraw the lines between work and family as your life changes...master powerful strategies for managing yourself, your colleagues, and your supervisors...leverage emerging work options that are available to our generation for the first time. The authors' radical new approach will transform the way you view both your work and your life and help you make the practical changes that lead to true fulfillment.

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ELLEN ERNST KOSSEK, professor at Michigan State University’s School of Labor & Industrial Relations (Ph.D. Yale), is a leading expert on research on improving relationships between work, family, and personal life in organizations, new ways of working related to flexibility (telecommuting, flextime, reduced-load work), management of talent and diversity in the global multicultural firm, and workplace innovation and change. She has published dozens of articles and a number of books on these topics. She was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Management, chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and fellow of American Psychological Association and Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her research on work and personal life has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Gerber Foundation, and major corporations. She has taught managers in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is married with four children.

BRENDA A. LAUTSCH, associate professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada, received her Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources management from The MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research examines the equity and work-life implications of new ways of working, including contingent and flexible work forms. Her work appears in leading journals such as the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Industrial Relations. She is married with two delightful sons (Oscar age 4 and Kaspar age 7 months).

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Book Description Wharton School Publishing, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface xviiChapter 1 Are You the CEO of Your Working Life? 1Do You Want to Change How You Are Balancing Work and Personal Life? 1You Are the CEO of Your Life Starting Today! 4To Make a Change, Begin Your Self-Reflective Journey by Conducting a "Life Bucket Analysis" 11Why Change Is Tough 14Chapter 2 Knowing Your Flexstyle 17Flexstyles: The Good and Bad Ways We Manage Relationships Between Work and Personal Life 17Types of Flexstyles 19What's Your Flexstyle? Where Do You Fit In? 31Self-Assessment: Identifying Your Flexstyle 32Closing 34Chapter 3 Weighing the Tradeoffs 35Erin's Story: Addicted to Work First 36Preparing for Change: Understanding the Tradeoffs of Different Flexstyles 37Creating a Life That Works 40Chapter 4 Tradeoffs of Using Flexibility or Higher Work-Life Integration 41Cynthia: Profile of a Reluctant Reactor 41Alyssa's Story of a Fusion Lover 45Tradeoffs of Integrating Flexstyles 46Special Considerations for Reactors 48Self-Assessment Tools on Tradeoffs 49Chapter 5 Tradeoffs of Compartmentalizing Work and Personal Life 55Firsters: Making Your Priorities Clear Wherever You Are 55Family Firsters 56Work Firsters 59Captives 60For Separators: Weighing the Tradeoffs in Your Life 65Chapter 6 Tradeoffs of Volleying Between Work and Family 69Sarah's Story: Striving to Protect "Quality Time" 70Quality Timers' Tradeoffs and Strategies for Making Life Work 71Chapter 7 Changes Everyone Can Make to Improve Quality of Life 85Small Steps You Can Take to Begin to Gain Control 85Step 1: Self-Monitoring 87Step 2: Developing a Commitment to Change 90Step 3: Envisioning Alternatives 95Step 4: Creating the Right Context for Change 97Step 5: Experimentation 99Conclusion 100Chapter 8 Tailoring Change to Your Particular Flexstyle 103 Gaining Control, Countering Tradeoffs,and Exploring Flexstyle Options 103 Change Strategy 1: Gaining Control 104 Change Strategy 2: Reducing the Disadvantages of Your Current Flexstyle 110 Change Strategy 3: Exploring New Flexstyles 116 Conclusion 125 Chapter 9 Negotiating a New Flexstyle and a Life That Works on Your Terms 129 Negotiation: Finding Your Voice 129 The New Deal Larry Wants 131 Preparation Negotiation Tactics 132 Collaboration Tactics 140 Final Thoughts 145 Chapter 10 Not Going It Alone: Making Sustainable Change at Your Workplace 149 Taking the Risk to Establish New Norms at Your Workplace 149 Clean Up Your Own Backyard and Neighborhood 151 Understand the Challenges of Those in Most Need 152 Time for Change 157 Dialogue to Change Attitudes and Culture 158 Improve Work Processes 164 Looking to the Future 168 <P styl. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_013234999X

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