The following is a short book preview of Stretch (and taking relaxation seriously) contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace
Kate Willyerd, Barbara Mistick, and Joseph Grenny, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons (2015)
“Maybe you are the person with that burning passion to do well. You come in early, are the last to leave, and haven’t taken off a day or weekend since you started. While you’d planned to scale back after you got the promotion or when the project was finished, you never did. Consequently, it’s five or ten or fifteen years later and you are burned out.
Face it. You are a workaholic, or perhaps this sounds like someone you know. No desire to hang out with friends much less expand your network. Permanently stressed. No longer performing at your best. And it’s become a chronic situation.
Exhaustion, frustration, lack of energy, and sleep deprivation are all signs that more demands and less resources have gotten the best of you. In order to overcome the blahs, consider the following advice from Manfred Kets De Vries at INSEAD: Take relaxation seriously, cultivate a rich non-work life, and consider unplugging (p. 131).”
Stretch is available from the OSU Leadership Center.
Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.