Book description

You know you can do more with your career. And the future is going to demand more of you.

The problem is you are so busy keeping up with the day-to-day that you can't prepare for tomorrow. Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace gives you the confidence and knowledge you need to achieve your goals in an ever-changing world. Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick—established experts and the collective winners of dozens of awards in the field of personal development and learning—offer evidence-based guidance on obtaining the skills you will need to thrive in tomorrow's workplace. Built on solid, global research and dozens of personal interviews with people who have achieved new and inspiring goals, Stretch offers advice, valuable insights, anecdotes, and recommendations to make achieving your goals practical and within reach.

If you are like other professionals, your biggest worry is becoming obsolete at work. Shifting technologies, fierce competition among corporations, and recruitment occurring on a global level would give anyone concern. To remain relevant in spite of change, you need to know how to:

  • Learn in any situation
  • Open your thinking to a world beyond where you are now
  • Connect to the people who can help you make your future happen
  • Seek experiences that will prepare you for tomorrow
  • Stay motivated through the ups and downs of a career so you can bounce forward

Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace offers five practices to help you start, enhance, and lengthen your career by anticipating the needs of tomorrow's work environment. Don't become obsolete.  Instead, stretch to achieve your potential.

Table of contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Part 1: Introduction
    1. 1 The Stretch Imperative
      1. Who Do You Want to Be Tomorrow?
      2. Megatrends That Will Affect Your Future
      3. Do You Have a Sell-By Date?
      4. The Stretch Imperatives
      5. Stretch Imperative 1: It’s All on You
      6. Stretch Imperative 2: You Need Options
      7. Stretch Imperative 3: You Have Dreams
      8. An Overview of the Five Practices
      9. Stretch Imperative 1: It’s All on You
      10. Stretch Imperative 2: You Need Options
      11. Stretch Imperative 3: You Have Dreams
      12. The Story of Brandon
  4. Part 2: It’s All on You
    1. 2 Learn on the Fly
      1. Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough for Long
      2. Learning a Living
      3. What Does Excellence Look Like?
      4. Strategies for Learning on the Fly
      5. Learning Traps to Avoid
      6. The Payoff
    2. 3 Be Open
      1. The Importance of Being Open
      2. Are You Closing Doors to Your Future?
      3. Accept Uncertainty
      4. Stretch Strategies to Be Open
      5. You Are Not on Your Own
  5. Part 3 : You Need Options
    1. 4 Build a Diverse Network
      1. What Is a Network?
      2. The Two Networks Everyone Has
      3. Why Do Diverse Networks Matter?
      4. Strategies to Build a Diverse Network
      5. It’s All About Options
    2. 5 Be Greedy About Experiences
      1. The Tale of Two Attorneys
      2. The Experience Catch 22
      3. No Two People Are the Same
      4. Boost Your Skill Set
      5. Strategies for Being Greedy About Experiences
      6. Managers Matter
      7. Evaluate Your Options
  6. Part 4: You Have Dreams
    1. 6 Bounce Forward
      1. Don’t Bounce Back—Bounce Forward
      2. Silver Linings
      3. Pursue Mastery
      4. Fits and Starts
      5. Finding Meaning in the Commotion
      6. The One That Got Away
      7. The Workday Blues
      8. The Recipe for Springing Back
      9. Mental Strategies to Help You Bounce Forward
      10. Maintain the Faith
  7. Part 5: Charting the Path Forward
    1. 7 Stretch into Your Future
      1. Sydney, March 15, 2025
      2. Ten Predictions for the Future of Work
      3. The Top Ten Capabilities for Tomorrow
      4. The Home Stretch
  8. Supplemental Materials
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. List of Figures and Tables
    3. A Research Methodology
    4. Key Workplace 2020 Survey Findings
    5. B Essential Books to Learn More
    6. Notes
  9. Index
  10. Eula

Product information

  • Title: Stretch
  • Author(s): Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick, Joseph Grenny
  • Release date: January 2016
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119087250