Myths of Work: The Stereotypes and Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back

Kogan Page

Narrated by Joe Penn

4 hr 57 min

Buying a table tennis table will make your staff happier. Working eight hours a day, five days a week, will result in the most productivity. Paying higher salaries will always result in higher motivation. But will it really?

There are a staggering number of myths, stereotypes and out-of-date rules that abound in the workplace. This can make it feel impossible to truly know how to get the most out of your career, your team and your organization. In Myths of Work, Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham take an entertaining and evidence-based look at the most pervasive myths about our working lives, from the serious to the ridiculous, to give you the insight you need to become a better manager in the modern workplace. Fascinating real life case studies from organizations around the world display the myths (and how to overcome them) in practice.

Myths of Worktakes the most up-to-date academic research in business and psychology and combines it with practical insights, a lively writing style and a handy dip-in-and-out structure to form your ultimate guide to becoming a better enlightened manager.

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Kogan Page
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Published on
4 Feb 2019
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Duration
4h 57m 32s
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ISBN
9780749497217
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Human Resources & Personnel Management
Business & Economics / Organizational Behavior
Business & Economics / Workplace Culture
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“Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers.” David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was “Because you told me to.” Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. That's when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control. Before long, each member of Marquet's crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.

Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life?


Are you struggling with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary working, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or Repetitive Strain Injury?


These are the most common issues reported by writers and if you struggle with any of them, you are not alone.


Writing is not a physically healthy job, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body.


I've been through my own pain journey over the last six years. I used to get crippling migraines that sent me to a dark room, and back pain so bad that I couldn't sleep, as well as stress levels so high that I wasn't able to breathe normally.


Now, my back pain, migraines and RSI have almost gone completely, and I manage my writing life in a far healthier way than ever before. I share my personal journey and insights with you in this book.


My co-author is Dr Euan Lawson, who shares his insights into how we can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term.


The book covers:


Introduction and survey results from 1200 writers

7 Reasons why writing is great for your health


PART 1: The Unhealthy Writer


Stress, anxiety, burnout

Back, neck and shoulder pain

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

A personal journey to a pain-free back

Writing with chronic pain

Sedentary life and inactivity

Sleep problems/ insomnia

Eye strain, headaches, and migraine

A personal story of headaches and migraine

Loneliness and isolation

Weight gain or weight loss

Joanna's Letter to Sugar

Digestive issues and IBS

A personal journey through IBS with FODMAP

Mood and mental health

Riding the Waves: Writing with depression

Alcohol - the good, the bad, and the ugly

Coffee and caffeine

Supplements, substances, and nootropics


PART 2: The Healthy Writer


Improve your workspace

Sort out your sleep

Sort out your diet

From fat to fit

Sort out your back

Lessons learned about writing from yoga

How to use dictation for a healthier writing life

The active writer mindset

Strategies for the sofa-bound

The active writer: Three golden rules

The running writer: Three rookie mistakes

Lessons learned about writing from walking a double ultra-marathon

Find a community

Build wellbeing with mindfulness

Develop healthy habits for the long-term

Conclusion: It's your turn. Choose life.


It's time to be a healthy writer!

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