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Living for the Weekday: What Every Employee and Boss Needs to Know about Enjoying Work and Life

ISBN: 978-0-470-59940-2
218 pages
June 2010
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Praise for Living for the Weekday

"If you want to have a team where leaders and employees are working hand-in-hand to build a culture of employee engagement, then you need to read this book. I'm confident it will help you become a weekday warrior." —Jon Gordon bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Soup

"In Living for the Weekday, Clint Swindall has rounded out a powerful message. Each individual has a personal responsibility, a singular opportunity to be highly engaged as an employee and, more importantly, highly productive and happy in all aspects of life."—Barry Malcolm, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd.

"If you want to unlock your potential and the potential of those around you, Living for the Weekday is a must read." —Mike Crownover, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Valero Energy Corporation

"Employee engagement is a two-way street with both employers and employees responsible for creating a positive and productive work environment... Living for the Weekday presents employees with a practical and powerful approach to taking control of their own happiness."—Roger C. Ahlfeld Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Training, Uno Chicago Grill

"Clint Swindall lays out a clear plan that anyone can apply to become more engaged in their work and in their lives." —Dennis Snow, author of Unleashing Excellence

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Introduction.

The Fable.

The Application of Living for the Weekday.

CAREER.

Challenge One: Address the hard questions about your career.

Challenge Two: Focus on your own personal growth.

RELATIONSHIPS.

Challenge Three: Surround yourself with the right people.

Challenge Four: Enhance work relationships.

HEALTH.

Challenge Five: Focus on your physical health.

Challenge Six: Focus on your emotional health.

FINANCES.

Challenge Seven: Tie financials to your bigger goals.

Challenge Eight: Add more value to your employer.

SPIRITUALITY.

Challenge Nine: Figure out your bigger purpose.

Challenge Ten: Commit to a cause greater than yourself.

CONCLUSION.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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CLINT SWINDALL, author of Engaged Leadership, is a nationally recognized expert on leadership development. He is the president and CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., a personal development company with a focus on leadership enhancement. He delivers his inspiring and enthusiastic message of personal and professional leadership as a featured keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and trade associations each year. His corporate client list includes American Express, BMW, Hallmark Gold Crown, Valero Energy, Ingersoll Rand, and Keller Williams Realty. You can reach him at Verbalocity's Web site at www.verbalocity.com.

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May 20, 2010
THE CASE OF THE SUNDAY BLUES

The Guardian, a UK Newspaper reported about a recent survey by Mind, a UK mental health charity, that one in four of us will have spent Sunday suffering from the so-called “Sunday blues” due to the stress of returning to work. In a survey of 2,000 workers, Mind found one in 10 had sought help from their doctors and seven percent had started taking antidepressants for work-related stress problems. The findings came after official figures recently showed the biggest ever rise in prescriptions for antidepressants which hit 39.1 million last year, up from 35.9 million in 2008.

In his debut book titled Engaged Leadership, author Clint Swindall addressed the leader's role in employee engagement. Through this popular business fable, Clint introduced readers to Seth Owen, a young management recruit who helps his boss build a culture of employee engagement.

In this eye-opening follow-up to Engaged Leadership, “Living for the Weekday: What Every Employee Needs to Know about Enjoying Work and Life” (Wiley; May 2010; 9780470599402; $22.95) Clint retells the fable from the perspective of Miles Freeman, an employee of Seth's who struggles with the disengagement of everyone around him. With the help of some insightful and timely training on life balance, Miles discovers that employee engagement is the result of some specific choices he and his coworkers make in their personal lives.

For leaders and employees, Living for the Weekday gives effective ways to create sustainable, far-reaching engagement in any collaborative workplace. With five key factors as the foundation for balancing life and work—career, relationships, health, finances, and spirituality— Living for the Weekday enables you to:

  • Answer hard questions about your career
  • Focus on your personal growth
  • Strengthen work relationships
  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Benefit from adding value to your employer
  • Commit to a cause greater than yourself

This innovative and entertaining book takes a fun yet practical look at job satisfaction from the employee's point of view. Filled with challenges and self-assessments, it supplies the reader with a series of tools to get the most out of their team and career. It serves an enduring reminder that job satisfaction comes down to practicing a few simple behaviors, regardless of the stressors involved. Behaviors that may seem simple on the surface however can be agonizingly difficult to master.

Living for the Weekday will help readers get rid of the Sunday blues and start to look at Monday as a step in the right direction.

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