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 Review

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

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

  • 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...

  • Sharon

    Fantastic book! Insightful with hands on examples of what you need to do to reframe your mindset and either make the best of your current situation or find a way to design your way out of it....

  • Bridget

    So white - so cis - so male! So ableist! Literally take what’s useful and ditch the rest. ...

  • 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...

  • Marty

    Disclaimer: I am a certified DYL coach and work with the material in the first DYL book frequently. Even with an insiders view, I found most of the content here new, relevant a refreshing. The two mos...

  • Mark

    These two are undoubtedly qualified to speak to design thinking, and this book builds on the previous highly-successful "Designing Your Life." Admittedly, I did not read the former . . . and probably ...

  • Michele Rapp

    This is not your typical career book! As an experienced career coach, I found many fresh ideas for my work and exciting new tools to offer clients. The life design principles from this book and the ea...

  • Karen

    We’ll see how implementation of the ideas presented in this book actually go, but overall I believe this book is full of actually actionable steps and exercises that can change your mindset and appr...

  • 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...