Busyness. Endless To Do’s. Endless meetings. Endless deadlines. Endless expectations. Survival. And yet, in our overwhelm, we have this sneaking suspicion that there must be something more to life than being a slave to urgent matters. I know this from my personal experience, that's for sure.
This constant clamor of our 24/7 nonstop culture has been labeled by the World Health Organization a “modern plague.” Why? Because we are literally killing ourselves with one To Do list after another. How? We are neglecting some of the most significant human experiences vital to producing a life of well-being and fulfillment.
The truth is, the human system is designed to optimize life by means of regular pauses. But not just stopping. A strategic stop.
In my book The Strategic Stop I am calling into question our culture’s tilt toward “doing” in contrast to “being”.
The highest value in our workplaces has been productivity, and while that seems normal to us, we have paid a price as individual workers, teams, and organizations. We are jeopardizing the soul of our greatest resource: the human being side of our doers; knowing and honoring each other's strengths, preferences, and unique experiences as human beings; the challenge to bring all this essential humanity into a deeper innovative collaboration.
So in The Strategic Stop I lay out seven vital pauses designed to increase human well-being and effective living in and out of the workplace; seven practices to include in the regular rhythm of your life: Start with rest, State your Why, Strengthen self-awareness, Shift limiting beliefs, Sharpen strengths, Surround yourself with support, and sabbath your time.
These seven strategic stops will transform the way you work, manage, and live because you are you choosing to be more intentional about the kind of life you want to live. You are refusing to allow the urgent to dictate your priorities. You are taking back your life in order to really live your life. You are allowing yourself to come face to face with your fullest human potential by embracing your identity as a human “being” not merely a human “doing.”
And if you're a leader in an organization, you are choosing to give these strategic time gifts to everyone who works for and with you. And if you're a parent, you are choosing to give these vital habits to your children to utilize as they grow up into adults who then populate the workplaces and cultures of the world.
Whether you’re a leader who manages a team or heads up a company, or an independent contributor, or a parent faced with unending responsibilities to your family and work, if you’ve ever felt like you’re in bondage to your busyness and nonstop schedule and have lost a bit of your self in the process, this book is for you. It will guide you to pay attention to how you thrive not just survive.
Our workplace culture and culture in general desperately need to restore balance to our humanity by valuing human well-being. This emphasis is what ultimately provides us with the joy, fulfillment, engagement, and groundedness we hunger for deep inside. And when we pay attention to this priority, our productivity becomes more human-centered than robotic.
I want to invite you to take a stand with me for this bold mission. #moreHumanity
First, for the last 15 years I have worked as a full time professional speaker, leadership and team strengths coach, and author mostly in the business world. I have been trusted by big brands such as Amazon, Fitbit, Walmart, Lyft, American Express, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to come in and maximize their leaders and teams.
So working with hundreds of leaders and teams has given me a seat at the table to facilitate strategic stops in which everyone is given opportunity to radically increase self-awareness, relational empathy, and innovative collaboration. I've seen women and men when given the space and opportunity make the courageous choice during sessions to be vulnerable, honest, transparent, while showing deep levels of respect, honor, and empathy with each other, and then to put it all together effectively in order to parter and collaborate in creative ways.
I've seen the transformation of these work cultures into places of human potential and human beings not just human doings. And when this happens, it matters to the whole organization.
Second, prior to this, I spent twenty plus years as a pastor in congregations journeying with people from the cradle to the grave. I learned all about the very human and often messy process of living and dying. And over time, I saw with increasing clarity how living life works best; how we as humans are designed for ways of being that enhance and enliven human existence; learning firsthand the best practices of being human, as it were. And when I stood beside a dying parishioner, holding his or her hand, I never once heard them say to me or to their families, "I wish I had spent more time at the office."
Third, I am speaking from personal experience as a leader, entrepreneur, parent, and now grandparent. I, too, have wrestled with the tug between the urgent and the important. I feel the inner turmoil of having to choose priorities, and depending on which ones I choose, experiencing the consequences. Sometimes it has felt good. Other times not. Sometimes it has worked well, other times not at all. But I continue working to build the healthiest balance in my life through all the ups and downs, ins and outs.
And fourth, I have a doctorate in personal and organizational effectiveness. My study, research, and learnings through the years have extremely energized and informed me about how people work and live best; about how when individuals come together in an organization the culture gets shaped by both individual influence and group shifts, either for good or for not so good, depending on how healthy and whole each person is.
I'm extremely grateful for and thankful to the thousands of people in my working life who have trusted me in various capacities to be in their lives. They have invited me into their journey at various stages of life to be a supportive, encouraging, and guiding presence. They have taught me so much.
So this book The Strategic Stop is the culmination of some of my learnings developed through my career with people and groups.
And now I need your help.
I’ve written the manuscript for “The Strategic Stop” over the past year and have gone through a number of rewrites to make the content as valuable as possible.
I’m raising the finishing funds I need to hire a designer, final editor, print the book, and get it into the hands of people like you.
If you are someone who feels like we live in an “always-on” society and would benefit from learning how to take purposeful pauses for reflection and connection, I would love to have you to back this book.
Would you Join me in this bold mission to reclaim our balanced humanity in the workplace, at home, and in our culture? #moreHumanityintheWorkplace
We have special discounts for early backers, so check out all our perks below.
And please share this campaign with your work colleagues and peers, friends and family. Spread the word to join this movement with me. I simply cannot do this alone.
Thank you for your support in this mission, for participating in this project, and for helping to make it come to life.
Here are some advance praises people are giving to this book:
"The world of business will benefit from Greg’s work by helping those of us who are in leadership positions to understand that starting with people as humans and creating a space for them to be will get the long term fiduciary results we need. Greg gets to the core that we have a responsibility for those in our charge and when we start with them first and help them understand where they have agency the outcomes will come.
I have had the great pleasure of working with Greg and bringing him in to two companies and multiple teams; he brought what he brings in this book. The end results have been an increase in engagement, retention and ultimately productivity. The results in all aspects have been so successful that people who have moved to other teams and/or companies then ask Greg to come work with them. This is the wisdom you will find in The Strategic Stop."
“The Strategic Stop” is a must read for busy professionals, executives, skilled and unskilled workers alike. In fact, this book should be mandatory reading in every high school in America, so that we can train our next generation of leaders how to avoid the traps and pitfalls of selling their souls to the marketplace to the detriment of their own wellbeing. Reading this book will literally cause you to stop dead in your tracks and question how you are living life.It will cause you to rethink, reevaluate, recalibrate, and reassign all the important priorities in your life, bringing them into line with the core essence of your being. Greg’s book is refreshing, revitalizing, and relevant to the realities we are currently facing in our world and in our lives.This is the best book I’ve read this year and I highly recommend it for anyone who is caught up in the rat race and feeling disconnected from life."
"As a hospital administrator, I face a daily grind to squeeze every extra ounce of life from our doctors, our nurses, and our patients. Having a guide to redirecting them from the hamster wheel to a sustainable path to self-awareness is an incredible gift that I look forward to sharing.
The concept of a strategic stop is reminiscent of a surgical time-out where the entire team comes to a halt, discusses the patient and the procedure, before moving forward with the case. Even this small pause has shown to produce significant improvements in outcomes. How much more could our lives be improved by taking strategic stops in our lives to increase our self-awareness before plunging into the future?
Thank you, Dr. Nelson, for giving us permission to accomplish more by doing less."
"In a culture that says 'Go. Go! GO!', author Greg Nelson says 'Stop.' And his argument is compelling. Rather than urging a spate of mental coasting, Nelson defines periods of intentional reflection. He describes seven strategies for tapping undiscovered inner resources, setting new goals, and becoming one’s own best partner in living a fulfilling life. I have been privileged to observe up close as Nelson practiced these strategic stops while navigating significant reinventions in his own life. They work! This is a must read for all who consider taking their foot off the gas and using the brake pedal for its best purposes."
"The world of business will benefit from Greg’s work by confronting the ramifications of this question: What happens to work culture as more and more of us recognize that ROI (Return on Investment) does not always equal ROL (Return on Life)?
With more than 35% of American labor force participants being Millennials, (Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data) business can no longer count on attracting and retaining new talent based on the old formulas. Millennials have often shared their unwillingness to sacrifice their off-work time or to make other lifestyle compromises in return for financial compensation. It’s been argued that millennials’ inclination in this regard relates to them having watched their boomer parents delay happiness in return for career advancement, a worldview they’re not willing to buy into for themselves.
With 'Strategic Stops' Dr. Greg Nelson offers today's increasingly caffeinated leaders and managers (I'm one of them!) compelling ways to integrate the power of productivity with the power of pausing— to help reclaim human 'being' instead of blindly chasing human 'doing'."
"We are at the point where information--relevant and excellent information--is infinite. What matters most now is our simple capacity to live, love, and lead a fully human life. Greg Nelson helps you discover and feel that newly simple life already pulsing in you. As a reliable and caring guide, Greg will help you muster your courage to stop, feel your body, access your inner wisdom, and connect with all the help in the world that you need. By the end of the journey, you will double down on being your authentic self and experience new level of your thriving. That's what happened to me. I emerged from reading this book breathing more deeply, seeing more clearly, and making my very next steps more playfully."
"This is a must-read as Greg Nelson takes us through the journey of our everyday busy lives. He proves why it is essential to take a “Strategic Stop” for one’s personal well-being, the benefits of clearing your mind, and how this can carry over into making you a more successful leader.
With my daily demands of managing the operations of a large organization, I am seeing more and more the significance, as Greg Nelson demonstrates, of disconnecting and prioritizing time to reflect and refuel. I highly recommend this book in becoming a better leader not only professionally, but personally as well.The super power of The Strategic Stop will literally stop you in your tracks and make you reevaluate your life for the better."
"The Strategic Stop" is a novel and necessary read for those looking to bring thoughtful order to the chaos of their lives. Each chapter brings wisdom, experience, and a framework for recognizing and utilizing "The Strategic Stop". Greg's book is an essential read which will remain a staple in my library of self-help books."
"As an engineering leader I have seen time and time again that being thoughtful, calm and deliberate delivers higher quality and faster projects every time. Rushing to meet deadlines creates mistakes, that can end up taking longer to fix than doing it right the first time.
And as a dad, observing the stress and pressure of growing up in a constantly connected world, I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Greg’s philosophy. It’s inspiring to be reminded that both higher performance and less stress can come from an intentional approach to life."
"You need to read this book if you feel trapped in nonstop busyness. Dr. Greg Nelson eloquently describes how our current culture is failing us - personally and in organizations - and invites us into another way of being by leveraging Strategic Stops. Dr. Nelson draws from the fields of neuroscience, business, sports, and the world's wisdom traditions to make his case, and helps us imagine and implement cycles of rest and renewal in our lives. Taking time out helps us reconnect with what is most important - as individuals and as a team - so we can return to our lives and work with renewed perspective, meaning, and commitment. In these times when being busy can be seen as a badge of honor, Dr. Nelson points the way to caring for ourselves and our teams so we can live and work in an authentic, intentional way, one that supports us in expressing the full potential of this life."
1. Digital eBooks
The digital editions will be delivered via email after the Kickstarter campaign closes, following editing, layout, and final submission for production. This digital file will be delivered before the official release date of the paperback or Kindle editions of the book. Format will be .PDF or .epub.
Pre-release eBooks will be emailed to backers after the Kickstarter campaign closes, after editorial and layout is complete, but before the book is released to the public through major retailers and distributors. You will be kept informed of the progress. Estimated time of delivery for the digital is April or May of 2019.
Limited-edition signed paperbacks of The Strategic Stop will be mailed to backers before the book goes on sale at major retailers but not until editing and layout are complete. This early delivery is is an extra perk I am extending to the first 200 backers of the project.
Regular paperbacks -All other backers who select the regular paperback rewards, five-pack or ten-pack reward, or small group packs, should expect to receive their rewards very close to the official public release date of the book (aiming toward May).
INCLUDED IN THE 10 PACK REWARD - exclusively as a Kickstarter perk - will be a PDF WORKSHEET to guide your team or group through the process of applying the strategic stop in the context of your lives.
Free shipping for all domestic book orders.
3. Live Phone Session with Dr. Greg
This is limited to 15 backers so don't delay too long to sign up. You will receive an autographed book, along with a worksheet to help you think through and identify your most important strategic stop you're feeling the need for these days. And then you will enjoy a 45 minute live phone session with Dr. Greg (to be scheduled once the book has been delivered to you - most likely by May) to help you clarify and apply your strategic stop vision. This is a huge value for your own personal and professional development in 2019.
4. The Platinum Package for Leaders and Teams
This is limited to only 4 leaders/teams so definitely don't hold off too long to sign up. This package would be typically valued at $4000). This is a perfect reward to be used for a team off-site or on-site, a leadership retreat, an executive leaders session. And the good news is, this is a big discount for this experience with you and your team. But only 4 are available.
You will receive 10 books for you and your team members. You will receive 10 codes for the Clifton Strengths online assessment which measures and identifies people's top five natural preferences that when utilized and maximized identify your strongest contribution to life and work, your areas of strongest positive energy.
Then the live 90-120 minute team session with Dr. Greg (to be scheduled after the book is delivered to you in May) will be an opportunity for you and your team to experience a strategic stop that will enhance individual self awareness, team empathy and understanding of each other, and a putting into place the steps needed for continuing innovative collaboration.
"I am willing to go to wherever you are because I know how valuable this process can be for you and your team(s). If there is travel and lodging involved, please accept the responsibility for those expenses. I'm really looking forward to working with you and your team!"
I plan to use the Kickstarter funds for the hard costs of producing, publishing, and promoting this book project. The bare minimum budget is $13,500. Here's the breakdown:
KICKSTARTER BUDGET BREAKDOWN
- book design (covers and layout), digital edition design and layout, several stages of editing, publishing expenses
Technical & Marketing Costs:
- video productions, marketing ads and promotion, web site design and layout, Kickstarter & credit card fees
Kickstarter Reward Costs:
- printing books, shipping, supplies
My manuscript is completed. It is in the various stages of professional editing. With the launching of this Kickstarter, we begin the process of securing as many people as possible to support, share far and wide, and help fund the rest of the project.
And the publishing and launching of this book is really only the beginning of the huge process of making a book successful and impactful. It requires lots of promotion and marketing, casting the vision with scores of people, organizations, clubs, bloggers, social media, and press to get the word out.
I would really appreciate if you would share this campaign with as many people as you believe could benefit from this book. I promise that every dime raised here will be put to use in the most responsible ways possible for making this project come to life! #moreHumanity #TakeBackYourLife
Risks and challenges
THE BIG RISKS:
As you probably know, Kickstarter is an All or Nothing process which increases the risk for me. In other words, no matter how much money is pledged and raised, if it doesn't reach the goal of $13,500, no one pays a dime, no one is charged. And this project does not receive any funds.
So you're rigorous and vocal support in passing the word along to the influencers in your networks - your friends, colleagues, family, and others - is crucial to this success and the possibility of this book finally getting into not only your hands but into the hands of people all over the world.
I am truly thankful and grateful for your interest and your ongoing support. Please pass the word about this campaign to as many people as you can think of. As they say, this really does take a Village. Thanks for being willing to be in mine with me.
THE BIG REWARDS:
I believe that this book The Strategic Stop: Taking Back Your Life in a World Obsessed with Busyness:
Will both challenge and inspire you to become more intentional about how you choose to live your life at work and beyond.
You will be empowered to act with courage, authenticity, and intention to re-create and re-shape the rhythms of your life in ways that result in more wholeness and well-being.
And as a result, you will experience more joy, fulfillment, purpose, and meaningful connections with others.
I also believe that as you share this book with the people in your life:
You will experience the reward of joining me and many others in creating a wave of positive human change in our workplaces, homes, and culture.
You will join in the mission of refusing to simply follow the status quo of busyness and nonstop living.
And instead you will choose to engage the world in a counter-cultural priority of paying more attention to the human being side of life that includes authenticity, soul, compassion, purpose, deeper connections of empathy and respect, and more effective collaboration with people uniquely different from you.
You will bring your whole self to everything you do. And that is the greatest secret to a transformational life of joy and happiness and service.
So THANK YOU for supporting my mission and cause. THANK YOU for believing in this book project. And THANK YOU for joining me and others in bringing this project to a thriving life in the world we all live in!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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