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Author: Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes Narrator: Tony Schwartz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780743597470
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“The way we’re working isn’t working—for individuals or for organizations,” write Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes. The relentless cultural focus on “more, bigger, faster” leads to disengagement and burnout and undermines the most lasting value for organizations. Drawing on extensive, transformative work with companies such as Google, Sony, Ford, and Procter & Gamble, they demonstrate that we are not meant to operate continuously, like machines, but perform best when we pulse, meaning when we balance our expenditure of energy with intermittent periods of renewal. This allows us to attend to four key needs in our working lives—sustainability, security, self-expression, and significance—which energize us and allow us to feel truly engaged.


The authors provide a detailed route to a better way of working by practicing a powerful set of rituals that fuel sustainability, by balancing high-energy demand with intermittent physical renewal; security, by offsetting emotionally draining challenges with rituals that restore our resilience; self-expression, by complementing periods of intense left-brain, analytical thinking with time for creative and strategic contemplation; and significance, by balancing a focus on immediate needs with a commitment to serving a greater good. Whether you are a leader looking to generate the best in your people, or an individual looking to be more productive and more satisfied, Pulse is a vital resource for achieving transformation. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The Way We're Working Isn’t Working is essential reading for anyone who wants a more productive and meaningful life. It’s less a self-help book than a peer-reviewed survival manual for the modern age…When you read The Way We're Working Isn’t Working, you get the satisfying feeling you have when someone intelligently articulates something you feel everyone knows is true, but couldn’t explain why…[Schwartz] provide a road map for how to take back control of our lives from our faster-better-more-techno-merry-go-round culture.” 

    Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Way We're Working Isn’t Working offers us an engaging, thorough, and authoritative manual for optimal performance and for a rewarding life. Tony Schwartz has done it again—a business must-read.” 

    Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

  • “The foundations of great leadership are self-awareness and thoughtful action, and the ideas in this book can be truly life-changing for both. The transformative power of this lies in its ability to help very smart and already high-performing people change their current behaviors to be even more effective, fulfilled and connected to others.” 

    Evan Wittenberg, Head of Global Leadership Development, Google, Inc. 

  • “I’ve read dozens of books about leadership and management. What makes this book unique and essential is the integrated and comprehensive way it addresses the challenge of getting the best from people. At Zappos we deeply believe that truly meeting our employees’ needs is what inspires their great performance. The Way We Work Isn’t Working lays out a compelling new workplace paradigm and a detailed roadmap for organizations, leaders and individuals seeking to gain true competitive advantage, even as the rules change every day.” 

    Tony Hsieh, CEO,

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Tony Schwartz is the founder and president of the Energy Project, a consulting group that works with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Credit Suisse, Ford, General Motors, Gillette, Master Card, and Sony. He was a reporter for the New York Times, an associate editor at Newsweek, and a staff writer for New York magazine and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He coauthored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Full Engagement with Jim Loehr.