Sleeping With Your Smartphone by Leslie A. Perlow

2018-04-09

How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way you Work: all about her work with BCG to implement PTO to bring more predictability and work-life balance to their crazy consulting schedules.

Introduction

  • this book shares the BCG story and is a guide for implementing PTO in your organization
  • "The Cycle of Responsiveness": always on leads to expectation to be always on in vicious cycle --> you need to set expectations
  • PTO = predictability + teaming + open communication

Part I: How A Team Turns Off

  • started with one predictable night off per week
  • reinstated the "Pulse check"

    • How are you feeling?

    • How much value are we delivering to the client?

    • How satisfied are you with your learning?

    • Is the current operating model sustainable for you?

  • PTO: Collective goal of predicable time off + Structured dialogue = Better work and better lives

    1. Collective goal must be:

    2. Personally valued by everyone

    3. Doable but still a stretch

    4. Collective and shared

    5. Requires integrative thinking

    6. A means, not just an end

    1. Structured dialogue
  • Chapter 5: writing a daily update to a team blog makes you think twice about what you to do make sure it is value added

Part II: The Magic of the Process

Part III: Getting Started On Your Team

  • the team leader's role is critical: they must be on board and read this to be successful (naturally)
  • gives example slides and meeting agenda for introducing this to a team

Part IV: From Team to Organization

  • have organizational "PTO facilitators"