DISCOVER THE KEYS TO SECURING A BETTER FUTURE!
"It′s likely that you will live longer, work longer, and hold more jobs than any generation that′s come before. And unlike the days of lifetime employment with one company, now it′s totally up to you to make your career everything you want it to be. Stretch is a book that challenges you to leave your comfort zone with its honesty and its practical approach to helping you expand your career options as far as they will go."
Daniel H. Pink, Best–selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
"Compelling and rigorous, yet fresh in approach, the authors come within reach of extraordinary, not only as a guide for a successful career but also for making the most out of life."
Joseph Grenny, Best–selling author of Crucial Conversations
"Stretch is a true wake up call. At the heart of this book is a simple truth: the secret to thriving at work and in life lies in your hands. Mistick and Willyerd provide a remarkable read filled with great stories, compelling research, and highly practical tips to become more engaged both at work and in life."
William Byham, Co–Founder, Chairman and CEO, Development Dimensions International, Author of Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment
"Stretch is a fascinating read with powerful stories and solid research. No matter what your career stage, this book will help you reach a new level."
Heather Hiles, CEO, Pathbrite, 100 Coolest People in Tech, LinkedIn Influencer
"No one will ever care about your dreams or your career as much as you do. This exceptional book gives you the tools to register your ambition and win in the fast–paced digital economy."
Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP, Author of Winner′s Dream
Part 1: Introduction 1
1: The Stretch Imperative 3
Who Do You Want to Be Tomorrow? . . . Megatrends That Will Affect Your Future . . . Do You Have a Sell–By Date? . . . The Stretch Imperatives . . . An Overview of the Five Practices . . . The Story of Brandon
Part 2: It’s All on You 31
2: Learn on the Fly 33
Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough for Long . . . Learning a Living . . . What Does Excellence Look Like? . . . Strategies for Learning on the Fly . . . Learning Traps to Avoid . . . The Payoff . . . Stretch Summary . . . What Organizations and Managers Can Do
3: Be Open 61
The Importance of Being Open . . . Are You Closing Doors to Your Future? . . . Accept Uncertainty . . . Stretch Strategies to Be Open . . . You Are Not on Your Own . . . Stretch Summary . . . What Organizations and Managers Can Do
Part 3: You Need Options 91
4: Build a Diverse Network 93
What Is a Network? . . . The Two Networks Everyone Has . . . Why Do Diverse Networks Matter? . . . Strategies to Build a Diverse Network . . . It’s All About Options . . . Stretch Summary . . . What Organizations and Managers Can Do
5: Be Greedy About Experiences 123
The Tale of Two Attorneys . . . The Experience Catch 22 . . . No Two People Are the Same . . . Boost Your Skill Set . . . Strategies for Being Greedy About Experiences . . . Managers Matter . . . Evaluate Your Options . . . Stretch Summary . . . What Organizations and Managers Can Do
Part 4: You Have Dreams 153
6: Bounce Forward 155
Don’t Bounce Back—Bounce Forward . . . Silver Linings . . . Pursue Mastery . . . Fits and Starts . . . Finding Meaning in the Commotion . . . The One That Got Away . . . The Workday Blues . . . The Recipe for Springing Back . . . Mental Strategies to Help You Bounce Forward . . . Maintain the Faith . . . Stretch Summary . . . What Organizations and Managers Can Do
Part 5: Charting the Path Forward 183
7: Stretch into Your Future 185
Ten Predictions for the Future of Work . . . The Top Ten Capabilities for Tomorrow . . . The Home Stretch . . . Onward
Supplemental Materials 209
List of Figures and Tables 215
Appendix A: Research Methodology; Key Workplace 2020 217
Appendix B: Essential Books to Learn More 223