Own Your Work Journey
and Happiness in the Age of
& Radical Change
Don’t let technology or other people control your life!
Own Your Work Journey
Find Meaningful Work and Happiness in the Age of Smart Technology & Radical Change
This is a learn-by-doing book. It is a create-your-new-story book. You must learn how to be an “Adaptive Learner” to prevent being left behind or overwhelmed by the pace of continual technological, economic, and social change. An Adaptive Learner excels at learning—unlearning and relearning. To be a good Adaptive Learner, you need to bring your Best Self to your world everyday. Becoming your Best Self requires you to Take Ownership of You. This book provides the Tools and Practices you need to do just that.
Who should read this book?
The Smart Technology Age will be an age of constant change that will require you to continually adapt and continuously learn new skills to have good jobs. That’s not all. The other big technology challenge for all of us is preventing technology from hacking our emotions—influencing how we feel, how we behave, and how we define ourselves.
I wrote this book for every person 18 years old or older who wants to:
- Have meaningful work and live a happy life
- Be successful and respected as a unique human being
- Not be left behind or overwhelmed by the pace of continual technological, economic, and social change in an era of radical change, social divisiveness, and climate change
- Not be automated out of a job by artificial intelligence or smart robots within the coming decades
Why is This Important?
- The Smart Technology Age will be an age of constant change that will require you to continually adapt and continuously update and learn new skills to have good jobs.
- Technology will automate blue- and white-collar jobs. In many cases, technology is going to take over doing the work that many of us do now.
- Having the same job working for the same employer for five years or more will be history for most people. The best scientists predict that the average person will have five completely different jobs in the coming decades.
- The best research from Oxford University predicts that between 25-47% of the U.S. workforce will be automated by the end of this decade. Millions of jobs will be automated.
This is a How-To Book
This is a learn-by-doing book. It is a create-your-new-story book. You must learn how to be an “Adaptive Learner.” An Adaptive Learner excels at learning—unlearning and relearning.
- To be a good Adaptive Learner, you need to bring your Best Self to your world everyday. Becoming your Best Self requires you to Take Ownership of You.
- Take Ownership of You means that you must take ownership of your Ego, Mind, Body, Emotions, Words, and Behaviors so you can learn how to be a good critical and innovative thinker, a good reflective listener, and a good collaborator. That will enable you to become a good Adaptive Learner which will help you stay relevant work wise as technology advances.
- Own Your Work Journey gives you the Tools and Practices that will help you do that. In essence, you need to bring your Best Self to the world each day and this book teaches you how to become your Best Self. You biggest competition going forward will be you not others.
About Edward D. Hess
Edward D. Hess is Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Batten Fellow and Batten Executive-in-Residence Emeritus at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, and the author of Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change,” which was published by Berrett-Koehler in August 2020.
Professor Hess spent twenty years in the business world as a Senior Executive and has spent the last 18 years in academia.
He is the author of 13 books and over 140 articles and 60 Darden Case studies. His work has appeared in over 400 global media outlets including Fortune magazine, European Business Review, HBR, SHRM, Fast Company, WIRED, Forbes, INC., Huffington Post, Washington Post, Business Week, the Financial Times, CNBC Squawk Box, Fox Business News with Maria Bartiroma, Big Think, WSJ Radio, Bloomberg Radio with Kathleen Hayes, Dow Jones Radio, MSNBC Radio, Business Insider, and Wharton Radio.
His recent books and research has focused on “Human Excellence in the Digital Age: A New Way of Being; A New Way of Working; Humanizing the Workplace; and Hyper-Learning”.
What Did the Book Reviewers Say?>
This will quickly become the most important book for every employee looking to stay valuable in an increasingly automated world! Own Your Work Journey is a powerful guide to honing critical soft skills and learning to stay ahead.
Today’s world is one where change is the norm and complexity is constantly accumulating. It can be overwhelming at any level. Ed Hess shares a proven array of tools and practices that can help you thrive at work and live that “best life” we all seek.
This book will be your best friend. It challenges you to be courageous and “Take Ownership of You” so that you can bean Adaptive Life-long Learner able to navigate the continuous waves of change driven by smart technology. Ed Hess gives you the tools and practices that will help you thrive on your Journey to Best Self. As a social scientist and a person who regularly uses what Ed recommends in my own life, I know this stuff works. This short book is powerful. Buy it! Use it!
In this amazing guide to survival in the era of exponentially advancing technologies, Ed Hess outlines the basics of human re-invention: how we need to transform ourselves and cope with change. I can’t believe how much he has packed into so few pages! This book will help you live happier and healthier lives.
A compelling case for the power of emotional intelligence. “To learn, unlearn, and relearn at the speed of change,” you must be willing to slow down; learn to challenge what you believe you already know; and be willing to engage yourself and others with reflective listening, humility, and compassion. This workbook provides a roadmap to becoming a vital contributor to the work force in this Age of Smart Technology and teaches you to bring your “Best Self” to every human interaction.
Ed Hess has earned the right to be called a master teacher, leader, and coach. His past books have built a foundation of wisdom, practical advice, and empirically grounded prescriptions for leadership success and life-skills development. Ed’s latest book, Own Your Work Journey, is an accumulation of his wisdom over the last several decades. If I were going to trust someone to provide useful guidance and proven advice for guiding one’s career and personal life in this era of ubiquitous technology, ambiguity, uncertainty, and rapid change, I would select Ed. Don’t pass this one by.