Mindful Work: Been There, Done That

Mindful Work Gelles

Mindful Work, by David Gelles, is a well-written book on a popular subject. While I believe wholeheartedly that the topic is worthwhile and appreciate that people are becoming more mindful in all areas of their lives of late, I am getting just a wee bit tired of reading the same “the history of,” “the science behind,” “the benefits of” sections in almost every single book. I think we are beyond this now, right?

Unfortunately, Gelles hits these same familiar notes and then some. Though it is clear from the get-go that he can write, I wish Gelles had pushed beyond the basics, especially in his first few chapters. And while I did enjoy some of the chapters that followed, I didn’t like that there was such a heavy emphasis on examples from the author’s personal experience or from the experiences of the famous and/or successful business or political leaders he knows in some way. Some of the many anecdotes in these pages were interesting, sure, but at times it all felt slightly self-indulgent. There were more than a few points when I wished Gelles would have given me something more, something beyond his world. As is, and I agree with other reviewers here, this book tended to feel like a one-man show.

Ultimately, Mindful Work was just okay, in my opinion. I like Gelles’ writing style, but the content wasn’t as strong as it could have been. Plus, the book went on forever…without adding much to the conversation. All this together made Mindful Work a disappointment.

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