I’ve had times in my many years of work when I’ve been happy—ecstatic even—about my job. During those times, I felt my work was meaningful and that the future was bright. I loved the people I worked with, too (well, most of them). I’ve also had too many years when my work was a source of pain and stress. This book first emerged from the experiences I’ve had—both good and bad—with my own work. One thing I learned along the way is that life is too short to be unhappy at work—a major premise of this book.

Like me, most of us have good times and bad, but far too many people are unhappy at work. They feel stuck and alone. They want something more. And they know what they want and need at work.

So, to all the people I’ve met and worked ...

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