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

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The authors have mapped out the most common flex-styles and offer practical solutions for drawing the line between work and family to create a better life in both arenas.

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Author Ellen Ernst Kossek and Brenda A. Lautsch
ISBN 978-0132349994
Publisher CCL Press

The book includes self-assessment questionnaires to help readers work out if they are Integrators, Separators, or Volleyers, depending on what life role is most important to them, and provides strategies, tips and tools.

Table of Contents

CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age, Wharton School Publishing, 2007
Preface xvii
Chapter 1 - Are you the CEO of Your Working Life? 1
Do you Want to Change How You Are Balancing Work and Personal Life? 1
You Are the CEO of Your Life Starting Today! 4
To Make a Change, Begin Your Self-Reflective Journey by Conducting a "Life Bucket Analysis" 11
Chapter 2 - Knowing Your Flexstyle 17
Flexstyles: The Good and Bad Ways We Manage Relationships Between Work and Personal Life 17
Types of Flexstyles 19
What's Your Flexstyle? Where Do You Fit In? 31
Self-Assessment: Identifying Your Flexstyle 32
Closing 34
Chapter 3 - Weighing the Tradeoffs 35
Erin's Story: Addicted to Work First 36
Preparing for Change: Understanding the Tradeoffs of Different Flexstyles 37
Creating a Life That Works 40
Chapter 4 - Tradeoffs of Using Flexibility of Higher Work-Life Integration 41
Cynthia: Profile of a Reluctant Reactor 41
Alysa's Story of a Fusion Lover 45
Tradeoffs of Integrating Flexstyles 46
Special Considerations for Reactors 48
For Integrators: Self-Assessment Tools on Tradeoffs 49
Chapter 5 - Tradeoffs of Compartmentalizing Work and Personal Life 55
Firsters: Make Your Priorities Clear Wherever You Are 55
Family Firsters 56
Work Firsters 59
Captives 60
For Separators: Weighing the Tradeoffs in Your Life 65
Chapter 6 - Tradeoffs of Volleying Between Work and Family 69
Sarah's Story: Striving to Protect "Quality Time" 70
Quality Timers' Tradeoffs and Strategies for Making Life Work 71
Chapter 7 - Changes Everyone Can Make to Improve Quality of Life 85
Small Steps You Can Take to Begin to Gain Control 85
Step 1: Self-Monitoring 87
Step 2: Developing a Commitment to Change 90
Step 3: Envisioning Alternatives 95
Step 4: Creating the Right Context for Change 97
Step 5: Experimentation 99
Conclusion 100
Chapter 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
Understanding 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 167
Appendix - Flexstyle Website and Overview of Assessments 169
Flexstyle Web Site 169
Sample Qualitative Interview Questions 169
Overview of Survey Instrument 171
Notes 179

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