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The inner game of work – review

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Title: The inner game of work
Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
Publisher: Texere
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 1-58799-047-4

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This is the most recent of Gallwey’s books concerned with the inner game and the first in paperback aimed at work rather than play. The cover boasts glowing testimonials from Steven Covey and Peter Senge, could it live up to
it’s reputation?

I must admit that I have not read any other of Gallway’s books and so all the ideas were new to me. The idea of an inner dialogue between Self One, so often the saboteur and Self Two representing your potential struck a chords with me immediately.

This book is about change at work, about being able to make changes in yourself but also about corporate change. It emphasises the need for focus in particular on critical variables such as time, and provides exercises to encourage you to do this. One thing that really appealed to me was the idea that to help us succeed we need to redefine what we mean by work. What we need to do is concentrate on the things that are meaningful and valued.

The book also gives the “tool to end all tools”:
Step back
Think
Organize your thoughts, and
Proceed

This is a tool that I feel could be used both by individuals and organisations planning change. Does this book live up to the testimonials from Steven Covey and Peter Senge? Yes I feel it does. If you only read one book this year make it this one!

Patric Devitt
Psynergy Consulting
[email protected]

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