There are lots of books that address how we should take care of ourselves, find calm, and enjoy happiness in a hectic work world. But few of those books apply the lessons of Buddhist thinking as resolution and guidance tools. These questions, though found in the modern day, are actually the core of all Buddha's teachings: impermanence, suffering, and the quest for happiness (freedom from suffering). This makes Buddha the kind of consultant or coach we need today in the workplace.
Following in the tradition of the authors' first best seller, this work goes on to explore and answer 101 dilemmas that we encounter at work, with topics that include time management, goal-setting, conflict, job dissatisfaction, unemployment, and even workplace trysts. The authors emphasize practical learning and coping, not esoteric insights or metaphysics, applying concrete solutions from Buddhist teachings to real problems in easily digestible chunks.
©2012 BJ Gallagher, Franz Metcalf (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Firstly liked the structure of the book , easy to listen. Most of the material are well known in the world. However there were a couple of nice hints on dealing with stress at work. Also has good points on organising youself at work.
"Practical application of Spirituality and Work life balance"
Finally a practical application of spirituality incorporated into our work life. I feel that this book would work for a variety of spiritual views to provide the work, life, spirit balance we all need to successfully move forward in our careers.
"Full of "shoulds""
I've read hundreds of Buddhist books, and one of the characteristics I appreciate most is the lack of judgmental, right/wrong attitudes and language. This book is the exception. It is written with a parental tone and is filled with "shoulds".
As I listened, I envisioned a frustrated HR manager who wanted staff to behave more appropriately and framed a book with that underlying purpose using Buddhism to mask that intention. The recommendations that to be successful you should to come to work before your boss, leave after your boss, and never surf the web are examples that were presented in that tone. I also found that there was much more of a typical self-help orientation than a spiritual orientation.
If you are a very new employee and need advice about appropriate behavior at work, I can imagine someone might recommend this book to you. If your challenges with work are more sophisticated than that, keep looking.
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