An organizational psychologist provides tools and insights to achieving professional and personal happiness in this debut self-development guide.
Schiemann (co-author: The Rise of HR, 2015, etc.), the founder and principal of Metrus Group, says that his management consulting firm’s work over 25 years has “led us to the concept of fulfillment as a critical quality” that people may achieve with “a plan that brings out the best in themselves.” In this book, “intended not for my academic colleagues but for practical application by readers like you,” Schiemann discusses “ACE,” which he sees as the guiding acronym for achieving fulfillment: one thinks about one’s “Alignment” by creating life goals, pursues the “Capabilities” that one needs to achieve them, and makes choices that bring about continuous “Engagement.” He then provides an array of flowcharts and tracking tools by which people may pinpoint and make progress on said life goals, including mapping out steppingstones, or “lighthouse goals,” to reach larger objectives (such as doing well on the LSATs in order to get into law school and then become a lawyer). Schiemann also shares his own personal story about struggling to focus and sketches out the life maps of both fictional and real people. The latter includes a woman who responded with passion and power to her pancreatic cancer diagnosis; she served as Schiemann’s key inspiration in developing this book. In this guide, the author effectively widens the lens of HR–type planning tools to serve a larger context. His advice to take time to specifically map out one’s goals, with specific targets and measures, is indeed practical, applicable advice, and it stands in contrast to the fuzzy positivity found in many happiness-oriented tomes. Although some readers may balk at having to fill out the several trackers provided here, it’s clear that such homework may be beneficial to anyone seeking to assess his or her work/life balance. Schiemann’s use of life stories, including his own, also enlivens what could have been a dry, prescriptive text.
A tangible, motivational life-planning approach with useful examples.