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Inner Productivity: a Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work

~by Christopher Edgar of www.InnerProductivity.com

Chris Edgar is a life coach and former lawyer.  He writes good posts on his blog and he writes great comments on other’s blogs.  I will let you link to his about page or the flap on his book to find out more.

My goal is to inspire people to be the best they can be in living this life.  One of my sub-goals is to read all the books written by the career and life coaches who make comments on Blogging Without a Blog –  this is a good community base to work from….and the commenters are full of integrity and truths.

This book was also suggested by Tess of the Bold Life, and Jannie of Jannie Funster that I would like this book.

They were both correct in making that assumption and presenting that idea to me.

I do not enter a relationship with a “self help” style book without picking a topic within myself that I wish to work on and in this case I picked my bubbling up and over anger at the Federal Reserve and the Greedy folks who have messed with the economy and my personal financial plans and goals.  The anger is spilling out as a hot button for me.

My first delight with the book was that it was available on my KINDLE II.   This is a high priority for me and I do not have to dust this book on a book shelf, worry about trees, or give it away.   I can reference it at any time and check on my notes and highlights forever – and did I mention I do not have to dust this book ever?

I began reading this book on the train – it was easy to read and had a generous and calming flow.  Funster had stated it was not about rearranging your desk or making neat and tidy color coded charts and graphs, and she was right.   I liked this book more and more.   I do so much data entry now and when it comes to money and anger, I did not want to color code anything on that front.

The Outline of the book was delightful.  I never felt slammed or dunked or pushed; rather there was a flow of idea, anecdote, adaptive thinking, illustration of point and an exercise to keep you on the pathway to your own story and keep one focused on their own needs.

I loved that the book included Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s (compassionate communication/Nonviolent communications) work on needs and it flexed that research and skill into conceptualizing his work into your circumstances.  I had never used needs in quite this format before and yet it still was not about needing or needy being a negative state.

The quotes to begin sections and within the book added to one’s thinking and self-assessment and were truly relevant to the progress.  This is no easy feat.

Here’s one that was opening to my thinking:

“The alternative to this perspective is an attitude often called nonresistance by spiritual teachers.  When we resist some aspect of our inner experience or some unwanted situation in our work, we internally or outwardly complain about it, and blame ourselves or others for creating it.  It’s possible, however, to drop our hatred of a situation while still working to change it.
“Ram Das concisely summed up this attitude by saying ‘the world is perfect, including my desire to change it.’”

I added numerous authors and books to my reading list because the placement of their recommendations intrigued me to want to know more….and it would be okay not to pursue them, because they were true to the next exercise or concept being discussed.  They were never just dropped in to be impressive or meet some kind of quota.

The big finish was quite a surprise and the most metaphysical exercise of the book really did open up the why of my anger and release the venom.

I feel so betrayed and my trust is so shattered because it was such a personal attack – a universal attack on everyone and I do not know how to recover for myself or how to assist other’s in understanding and learning how to trust anew…..the book’s big finish was very powerful – a total surprise to me at how clearly I understood the depth of my anger and why it was pouring out with no place to go.

It is only the beginning of resolution for me.

I highly recommend this book for the distracted, the folks who dislike their work or work environment, for those with writer’s block and for those who need clarity in their actions.

I liked that Chris’ book did what it set out to do and that I could successfully use it to find resolution. Have you found a book or a coach that assists your understanding and truly accomplishes what it sets out to achieve?  Please share.

21 Responses to “Inner Productivity: a Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – I ended this post intrigued more by what you didn’t say than what you shared. It sounds as though there is much more to “the story” that the book assisted in helping you peel away to get to the heart of the matter. The evaluation tool must be very powerful, indeed. I hope you can comfortably share more as you progress.

    One book that truly changed my thinking and skewed my own path more rightly is The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra. I read this book years ago when it first came out (Amazon says 1996) and have recommended it to many. While the message wasn’t new then, and certainly isn’t now, the delivery is exceptional. The premise is that love comes from within, and that falling in love with another or one self is the beginning of a journey comprised of distinct phases, and that all relationships are a manifestation of the one we have with God. This book truly pulled the curtain aside for me to reveal a glorious landscape of promise and affirmed positive changes I was making in my own world.
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..My Three Words for 2010 =-.

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. a really interesting review and I’ll definitely add Chris’ book to my to read list. It’s also great that you empower the group through acknowledgement of their recommended reading, and in particular the books they have written – it’s a wonderful set of people and I’m & we are so lucky to have found them.

    I decided to follow a different course re writing .. and so all of these extra benefits are a real bonus – good writing, good information, good tips on self-development, learning to think for ourselves, bits about life, our own stories .. I think it’s just great – heart warming.

    re the Kindle II – can you make notes in it – I know you can receive comments, but can’t make them on posts .. but can you annotate passages & cross reference/record them for easy retrieval?

    Thank you – really brilliant review of Chris’s book .. and some excellent thoughts to ponder.

    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Three Wise Men – Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Chalk =-.

  3. Dot Says:

    I read this post thinking it was by Chris Edgar and wound up totally confused at the end. Was even part of it by Chris Edgar? Apparently not. So then when it refers to “this book” you were talking about Chris Edgar’s book, not Marshall Rosenberg’s.

    I kind of agree with Betsy that the post left me intrigued as to just what insights were revealed to you, since that could possibly help others, too.

    My anger at the ripping off of American working people is not a mystery to me. A crime against an entire nation should be much higher than a felony and all those people belong in jail.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Blogging in 2010 by Patricia =-.

  4. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — thanks so much for this review — it sounds to me like the book had a powerful impact on you and the way you relate to your work, and I’m really glad to hear it. I’ve also been impressed at how much Barbara S. has done to create community among bloggers, and I’m grateful to have met you through her blog!

  5. J.D. Meier Says:

    It sounds like a lot of interesting thoughts.

    I’m a fan of leading from the inside out, thinking globally, but acting locally, and not blaming, but creating and leading by example — be the change you want to see.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..3 Ways to Know Something =-.

  6. Mama Zen Says:

    Sounds fascinating!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Soup Of The Day =-.

  7. Patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    I appreciate your comments and your suggestions of another book to share – I have used Deepak Chopra’s work for years and the Path to Love is quite exceptional. Thank you for the good reminder.

    Hilary,
    Yes, you can highlight, underline and make notes on the kindle…you can not make comments on blogs though – I could do that with my cell phone but find the bigger keyboard on my computer much more compatible. BWOB is a wonderful community and such a good start point – and I think you will be very pleased to read Chris’ book.

    Dot,
    I am so sorry, the title was so long that the author did not fit in the correct placement and then my IT left out the words: THE REVIEW when she put the book icon in place…Sorry for the confusion, but it is obvious to me how it could happen as I look at the post this morning.

    My insights were very personal – as the book and exercises make your productivity a very personal in- sightful journey. Chris’ book allowed me to totally stop blaming the east coast bad guys and move into my own personal financial recovery and how to assist the folks within my church community to understand and find local recovery. It help me lead. The anger and blame was keeping me stuck and non-thinking or exploring…it was making me emotionally cemented into blame and anger mode, which made me feel LESS than…or how could I have been so ignorant to be caught up in this felony crisis…

    J.D.
    This is very insightful and powerful inside to outside work. Chris has great skill in conveying his message and walking one carefully through the steps.

    Mama Zen,
    It is very interesting material – much of it’s power comes from the format of the book and the gentle flow of the explanations.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Inner Productivity: a Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    I was happy to read, to learn and to have such a powerful learning tool at my disposal. Thank you for writing this…and yes another shout out to BWOB for such a great community and fine introductions. I am working on putting excerpts on to Amazon …and working on integrating David Korten’s Agenda for a New Economy into workable solutions too for myself and others – I just did not realize how much more productive I would be and how deep my anger was embedded.
    Thank you for a great book.

  9. Jannie funster Says:

    Yes, you nailed it! And I loved how you put it that you never felt pushed or prodded by the book, but escorted kindly from section to section, nice way of saying that, Patricia. I have bought 2 extra copies, one for a friend and one to give away on my blog.

    It will be one requiring a mild dusting under normal household circumstances maybe once a year.

    :)

    Funster

    xo
    .-= Jannie funster´s last blog ..Wacky! (This’ll Explain A Lot) =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Thanks for coming by – sorry you must dust the copies! I do love my kindle.
    I hope the modified review finally posts on amazon…never have had that happen on a review before?

    did you get my penquin pics on your iphone?

  11. Lori Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Thank you for your elegant and graceful review of Chris’ book. I adore Chris, so I feel appalled by myself for not having read it yet.

    However, you signaling that’s it’s available on Kindle really perked my ears. I LOVE my kindle as feel I’m doing my part to save trees. 😉

    I think it’s time I download Chris’ book and get to reading. There’s too many reason to JUST DO IT and prioritize.

    Thanks again and best to you!
    My Best!
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Random Acts of Kick Arse: Wacky =-.

  12. Davina Says:

    Patricia, when I was reading this review I found myself thinking that you are a little distracted. Still processing “stuff” perhaps? I like how you picked a topic to work on while reading the book. I’ve never done that — usually just pick up a book and read because I’m curious about the topic.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Mother Nature Waits for Nobody =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Lori,
    I really do love my kindle and reading on it – I thought it was a book to admire and I was surprised by how much I learned through his format – to pull deeper without really working at it, because the set up for discover was so in place. I think you will truly enjoy this book. Thank you for coming on by…enjoyed your wacky today!

  14. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I could see myself sharing information that I did not want to share and getting white hot angry over things I could not figure out – the anger was making me static and un thinking. I could have worked on another book, but thought using Chris’ book would really show me whether it was off the mark or really good work….It was so good I am still integrating ideas and discovering more changes I can make that will make a difference to myself and to others.

    I am definitely more productive.

    I will tell you, I have read two books this autumn, I would not waste anyone’s time doing a review.

    I have lots of topics to choose from :)

  15. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “I do not enter a relationship with a “self help” style book without picking a topic within myself that I wish to work on” – it’s never occurred to me to do that. You are so smart.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Fat People Not Welcome =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I need to know if the concepts and ideas work…before I pass on or recommend the book to others…this one was right on.
    I will also say that people are diverse and have diverse needs – so if I have a whole list of referrals that work – even better.

    A good piano teacher keeps taking lessons themselves !

  17. Jannie Funster Says:

    Oh, my iPhone — must check!! That’s a new one on me, so much to learn with the iPhone.

    Thank you — you are so sweet.

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Funny Typos, “Like A Bord on A Wire,” 14 =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Not so sweet just bragging on my IT’s artful designs! even in her youth

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  20. Robin Says:

    Hi Patricia – I find Chris’s blog posts to be exceptional, so I would assume this book would be great – and very useful. I am advertising it on my site though I haven’t read it!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..My Last Blog Post =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    Robin,
    Chris really pulled all that exceptional together in this book. It is very good – gracious learning.