October 22, 2012

News & Opinion: KnowledgeBlocks: Your Life is Your Business

By: Sally Haldorson @ 3:06 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Last week, in honor of Evaluate Your Life Day, we published an issue that will help you do just that. There we point you toward some wonderful books--mostly narratives--that offer us wisdom on living life, on facing dying, on making the most of the time we have, and achieving the things we dreamed of doing when we were young. The first book, Howard's Gift, will not only introduce you to Howard Stevensen, the Harvard Business School professor whose wisdom and mentorship is the focus of this biography by one of his former students, but also opens the door to a number of other books that encourage you to live life with intention, and face mortality with grace. It is serious 'business' to be sure, but uplifting as well, because it reminds us to be grateful and stay focused on what is truly important. Books recommended here are: Howard's Gift by Eric Sinoway The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Chasing Daylight by Eugene O'Kelly How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clay Christensen Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen The second, Search Inside Yourself, by Google's Jolly Good Fellow Chade-Meng Tan, offers you “methods for developing…an extraordinarily capable mind” and the books that follow give you two other options for discovering how to make both long-term strategic plans for your life, as well as how to brighten each day of your life by focusing on the small, sometimes most tangible, things. Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan Strategy For You by Rich Horwath Design Your Self by Karim Rashid

Ultimately, we took a look at this topic for one reason. While many of us plan our careers, not as many of us pay much attention to strategizing our lives as a whole. Yet the truth is, our whole lives *are* our business, so we should attend to them as carefully.
Join us over at KnowledgeBlocks for this new exploration that matters to everyone, because Your Life is Your Business.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.