Off Balance

Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

by Matthew Kelly

Number of pages: 160

Publisher: Avery

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 978-1594630811

About the Author

Matthew Kelly is a motivational speaker, author, business consultant, and founder of Dynamic Catholic. He is a founding partner at Floyd Consulting, a management consulting firm whose clients include more than 35 Fortune 500 companies.


Editorial Review

This book is discussing the term: work-life balance, one of the major issues plaguing human potential in the corporate world today. The term was first introduced twenty years ago and is likely to go down as one of the great corporate blunders of our time. The future of an organization and the potential of its employees are intertwined; their destinies are linked. However, the work-life balance that has dominated the corporate landscape for almost two decades implies that work and life are separate. In this way, we set them against each other, and the thought that follows is that you’re either working too much and living too little or vice versa. The term itself diminishes our ability to make the case that work can be a richly rewarding part of a person’s life.

Book Reviews

"Matthew Kelly believes that work- life balance was a mistake from the start. Because we don't really want balance. We want satisfaction." – Barnes and Noble

" In the book, Matthew takes a closer look at the “Work-Life Balance” discussion, and relates it back to specific steps you can take to explore this balance in your own life." – Brian Quinn

" Management consultant Kelly upends the myth of "having-it-all" and replaces it with a system for personal and professional satisfaction" – Kirkus Review

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