Helping the Chronically Overworked Find Life Balance

Busting Your Corporate Idol: Self-Help for the Chronically Overworked

The Proven Method To Ease Your Chronic Overwork and Avoid Burnout

“When work becomes synonymous with identity, the company starts to look and act like a god, and life is given over to the worship of that idol That’s the keen and fresh insight Greg Marcus brings to the pervasive and pernicious modern issue of company-worship. This situation may be inflicting its wounds on your own life and soul, but you may not even realize. This wonderful, insightful and practical book will not only help you wake up to how this problem may be handicapping your life, it will help you free yourself from the bonds that enslave you to the gods of company and career, so you can recapture a life that is really worth living.”

Alan Morinis
Dean, The Mussar Institute
author of “Everyday Holiness” and “With Heart in Mind”

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A letter from Dr. Greg:

I’m serious when I tell you that you’ll never have more time unless you take it for yourself. Thinking that you’ll have more time in the future is the most common mistake, and one that can have terrible consequences.  Many people have suggested that I market the book to people who have suffered a terrible health setback, or even to spouses of people who have died young from overwork. I am sure that I would have had a major health issue if I hadn’t busted my corporate idol and balanced my life. When has the company ever told you to work less? I used to think that the day after the product launch, or the first of the year, I would have all kinds of time. Somehow it never worked out that way. I was so behind on my other deliverables that I needed to catch up. Or, my boss gave me a new project. Or, the completion of the project raised a bunch of new issues to address.

And what do I mean by Corporate Idolatry? It is a metaphor for overwork, meaning that you have made the company the most important thing in your life. I thought I was a family first person, but really, how could I be family first when I was working 90 hours a week? I, like most people, didn’t even realize I was caught up in corporate idolatry. But when I recognized it, I was able to make a change.

The year I went from working ninety to sixty hours a week, no one at work noticed. I didn’t change companies, and I didn’t change jobs. In fact, I became more effective. Over one hundred years of research shows that working more than forty hours and being sleep deprived drastically lowers productivity. You make more mistakes when tired and stressed, meaning that you have to scramble to make corrections. And, when overworked you rarely have time to plan. Through stories and tips, this book will tell you how to manage the pressures of the workplace from a place of confidence.

When I was working 90 hours a week, I didn’t realize how much I was missing in the rest of my life. I was too busy:

    • Dealing with frequent reorgs and changes in priorities
    • Scrambling with programs and product launches to make the quarterly number
    • Doing mindless reports
    • Meeting aggressive targets and timelines
    • Dealing with a toxic political environment
    • “Promptly responding” to more than one hundred emails a day
    • Attending at least six hours of meetings a day
    • Saying yes to last minute urgent requests
    • Managing increasing responsibilities without more resources or more pay

As a consequence, I had

    • Insufficient time to exercise
    • Stress-related health issue
    • A strained relationship with my wife and kids
    • Trouble sleeping
    • A constant chatter of work thoughts in my head, even when “relaxing”

I wrote Busting Your Corporate Idol to help other people make the changes that I did.

This book will help you discover:

  • The root cause of your chronic overwork
  • How to say no to the boss
  • Who to trust in the workplace
  • When to let go of an issue
  • The hidden factor at your company that impacts you every day
  • Stay true to yourself amidst the chaos and pressure
  • A community of people who will stick with you no matter what
  • The one thing you can start right away to bring more balance to your life, AND make you more effective at work
  • How to make the people you care about your top priority, and how to stick with it.
  • How to start living a better life today, without waiting for an event or milestone in the future

Still not sure this book is right for you? Are you

  • Nervous that no one else would hire you?
  • Feel like you’ll be letting the team down if you try to do less?
  • See yourself as irreplaceable at work?
  • Think the experience you are getting is worth putting up with a toxic environment?
  • Work in an environment that wants more and more from you?
  • Feeling unfulfilled even through you are successful at work?

THESE FEELINGS ARE BROUGHT ABOUT BY CORPORATE IDOLATRY. If you would like to learn how to reduce your work hours without feeling guilty, you owe it to yourself to read the book.

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 Recommendations

Busting Your Corporate Idol exposes the dangers of organizational commitment taken to extremes. He shares practical advice for balancing career success and living a meaningful and authentic life. If you are losing the joy in your work and your life, this is the book for you.

—Karin Hurt, Letsgrowleaders.com

Busting your Corporate Idol is a concise and well-written book that is also very timely in describing a common and avoidable malady of our modern era. If you are someone who is allowing work to dominate your time and life, potentially at the cost of your health or relationships, then you absolutely must read this book. Greg offers a perspective that will actually lead you to be MORE EFFECTIVE AT WORK, while allowing you MORE FREE TIME. This is a great paradox of life, and Greg will explain why and how to grasp this important key. I learned the lessons in this book the hard way, and it is now very easy for me to spot people in the workplace that are in the spiral. Please, do yourself a favor – take some time to read this book and you will be rewarded with a new perspective and constructive steps toward optimizing your life balance.

—Arthur P. Review on Amazon.com

“Busting Your Corporate Idol” is chicken soup for the overworked soul, but with an interesting spice thrown into the broth. Greg Marcus frames the harried worker’s dilemma in spiritual terms, even challenging readers to consider whether their pattern of giving too much of their lives to the company may represent (at least per the Hebrew Scriptures) the sin of idolatry. Marcus’ main thesis will resonate strongly with adherents of the world’s great monotheistic religions. For others who suffer from an imbalance of work to the rest of life, there is enough practical advice that can stand independently of the “idolatry” thesis to make this a worthwhile read.

Marcus’ intended audience will find many relevant ideas and much encouragement here. He illustrates each major point with at least one story – often based on interviews with people in the biotechnology industry, with which he’s most familiar – but the stories are well told, so that whatever industry and level readers are at, the dots that connect to their own situations should be easy to trace.

—Dave Todaro, Review on Amazon.com

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