About the Books

How a Stressed-Out, Dog-tired CEO Regained Her Passion for Work

Most of us fantasize about what it would be like to walk away from work. I did it.

On the surface, I had it all: a great job as CEO of a $100 million company, offices in thirty countries, and travel around the world. However, my great job was killing me because I couldn’t keep work in perspective. I let it take over my life and was exhausted, overworked, overweight, and endlessly running on a hamster wheel.

When it became too much, I took an unpaid sabbatical and spent months regaining a sense of balance in my life. I explored what drove me to work in such a destructive way and discovered many insights about work, and more importantly, what made me happy at work.

To help myself recover from burnout, I started writing. Over time, two books took form.

Falling in Love with Work by Denice KronauFalling in Love with Work, a Practical Guide to Igniting Your Passion for Your Career offers a series of linked observations that, taken together, showed me there were many, many things that made me happy at work. When I added them all up, I knew I could be happy at work again. This is not your traditional self-help book, with step-by-step instructions on how to be happy at work.

Being happy at work is a complex issue and, as such, has a complex answer. Maybe there is a formula or a structured process that can help you find that answer. But that’s not what you’ll find in this book. Instead, this book is organized in the way that I recovered from my burnout. It gently guides readers to explore their own thoughts and feelings about work, and what makes them happy at work. Read More…

From Boardroom to Beach Chair, How a Stressed-Out, Dog-tired CEO Regained Her Passion for Her Career is the story of my recovery and how I fell in love with work all over again. I felt trapped by work and decided the only way out was to quit my job. Not only had I lost the feelings of joy and fulfillment that work could create, I was emotionally at the other extreme—I was addicted to the “dark side” of work—always needing to work longer and longer hours to get things done.

In the end, I took an unpaid sabbatical and ran for the hills—or more accurately, the beach on Nantucket Island. Like all addicts, I had to find my way back to a healthier, happier place and an important part of my recovery was my finding an unlikely teacher, Mike Phelps, the Norton Simon Professor and Chair of the Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Department at UCLA. My emails with Mike became the GPS to my new life.
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