Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers
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Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences

  • New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today’s generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all? And at what cost to our and others’ happiness? Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers explores ways in which contemporary working people can thrive in a complex, volatile and uncertain world. Combining both research and practice, the contributors of this book cover all bases from individual wellbeing, family, work and career experiences, to leadership. They conclude by providing the reader with tools to combine what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.
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Chapter 2: Being ‘otherish’: resolving the false choice between personal and prosocial goals

Robert W. Rebele

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Imagine for a moment that it is your busiest time of year at work. Your always long to-do list is bursting with urgent items, all of which need to be finished by a big deadline next week. It is Monday morning, and as you look at your schedule for the next ten days, you wonder, ‘How can I ever get it all done?’ It starts to feel overwhelming, so you take a deep breath and decide to build a plan of attack. If you move these things around, cancel those meetings, and use your evenings and weekend . . . it is going to be tight, but there is a way to make it work. Whew. Just as you breathe a sigh of relief, your phone rings. A friend is moving this weekend and wants to know if you can help her load the truck on Saturday. ‘We can make it fun’, she promises. Of course there will be the requisite free pizza.

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