* Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.
“Tim Gallwey is one of the great teachers of our time.
Many years ago, I watched Tim “teaching” a woman to play tennis for the first time. Though she had difficulty touching the ball with her racket initially, within twenty minutes, she was carrying on sustained rallies with Gallwey, like someone who had played tennis for years. It was the most stunning example of tapping intrinsic capacity to learn I had ever seen.
Tim’s gift lies in his deep appreciation of the power of true, i.e. non-judgmental observation and how to invoke it. His aspiration is the realization of genuine potential not miracles, but the gap between that potential and our current performance is often so great that the results are nothing short of miraculous.
Twenty years of testing have shown that his methods can produce results in work, as they have done widely in sports. The real question is, ‘Are managers ready to surrender trying to control people and trust their desire and capacities to learn, starting with themselves?’
In this day when many talk of accelerating learning in organizations but few have actually done it, the words of a master are timely indeed.”
* Peter Block, best-selling author of The Empowered Manager… Flawless Consulting… and Stewardship…
“The Inner Game of Work helps us define the landscape of what has become known as a “learning organization.” In this book, any manager or employee who has the courage and commitment to really learn about learning will find concepts and practices that can turn the intention of a learning organization into a day-to-day, lived experience.”
“Tim Gallwey is one of the great teachers of our time. His aspiration is the realization of genuine potential, not miracles, but the gap between that potential and our current performance is often so great that the results are nothing short of miraculous. In this day, when many talk of accelerating learning in organizations but few have actually done it, the words of a master are timely indeed.”
–Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
From the Hardcover edition. — Review
Do you think it’s possible to truly enjoy your job? No matter what it is or where you are? Timothy Gallwey does, and in this groundbreaking book he tells you how to overcome the inner obstacles that sabotage your efforts to be your best on the job.
Timothy Gallwey burst upon the scene twenty years ago with his revolutionary approach to excellence in sports. His bestselling books The Inner Game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Golf, with over one million copies in print, changed the way we think about learning and coaching. But the Inner Game that Gallwey discovered on the tennis court is about more than learning a better backhand; it is about learning how to learn, a critical skill that, in this case, separates the productive, satisfied employee from the rest of the pack. For the past twenty years Gallwey has taken his Inner Game expertise to many of America’s top companies, including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Apple, and IBM, to teach their managers and employees how to gain better access to their own internal resources.
What inner obstacles is Gallwey talking about? Fear of failure, resistance to change, procrastination, stagnation, doubt, and boredom, to name a few. Gallwey shows you how to tap into your natural potential for learning, performance, and enjoyment so that any job, no matter how long you’ve been doing it or how little you think there is to learn about it, can become an opportunity to sharpen skills, increase pleasure, and heighten awareness. And if your work environment has been turned on its ear by Internet technology, reorganization, and rapidly accelerating change, this book offers a way to steer a confident course while navigating your way toward personal and professional goals.
The Inner Game of Work teaches you the difference between a rote performance and a rewarding one. It teaches you how to stop working in the conformity mode and start working in the mobility mode. It shows how having a great coach can make as much difference in the boardroom as on the basketball court– and Gallwey teaches you how to find that coach and, equally important, how to become one. The Inner Game of Work challenges you to reexamine your fundamental motivations for going to work in the morning and your definitions of work once you’re there. It will ask you to reassess the way you make changes and teach you to look at work in a radically new way.
“Ever since The Inner Game of Tennis, I’ve been fascinated and have personally benefitted by the incredibly empowering insights flowing out of Gallwey’s self-oneself-two analysis. This latest book applies this liberating analogy to work inspiring all of us to relax and trust our true self.”
–Stephen R. Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Renowned sports psychology expert W. Timothy Gallwey teams up with two esteemed physicians to offer a unique and empowering guide to mental health in today’s volatile world. The Inner Game of Stress applies the trusted principles of Gallwey’s wildly popular Inner Game series, which have helped athletes the world over, to the management of everyday stress–personal, professional, financial, physical–and shows us how to access our inner resources to maintain stability and achieve success.
Stress attacks every aspect of our well-being. Gallwey explains how negative self-talk undermines us, making us believe that pressure is inevitable and that other people’s expectations are paramount–which leaves us feeling helpless and unhappy. But as Gallwey shows, we have the means to build a shield against stress with our abilities to take childlike pleasure in learning new skills, to properly and healthily rest and relax, and to trust in our own good judgment. With his trademark mix of case histories and interactive worksheets, Gallwey helps us to tap into these inner strengths, giving us these invaluable tools:
• the STOP technique: Learn how to Step back, Think, Organize, and Proceed with a more conscious choice process, even in the most chaotic circumstances.
• the Attitude tool: If you’re feeling resentment, try gratitude.
• the Magic Pen: Develop the ability to open up your intuition and wisdom.
• the Transpose exercise: Imagine what the other person thinks, feels, wants–and develop empathy, kindness, and better relationship skills.
• the PLE triangle: Use your goals for Performance, Learning, and Experience to redefine success and enhance enjoyment.