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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

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Define Your Workview

Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

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4. Define Your Workview


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1 Introduction to Workshop Duration:07:10
2 Design Thinking Overview Duration:13:12
4 Define Your Workview Duration:05:38
6 Work, Life, Balance Debrief Duration:05:59
7 Gravity Problems & ReFrame Duration:27:20
9 Odyssey Planning Debrief Duration:19:33
10 Intro to Prototyping Duration:05:08
11 Prototype Ideation & Exercise Duration:30:43
12 Unicorn Hunting Duration:09:13
13 Networking Exercise Duration:12:04
14 Outbound & Inbound Networking Duration:14:41
15 The Decision Process Duration:15:27
16 Decision Models Duration:02:50
17 What's The Story Exercise Duration:19:10
18 Energy Assessment Duration:14:40
19 Reflection Session Duration:05:41
20 Final Takeaways Duration:03:52
21 Impact & Meaning Duration:27:12

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Define Your Workview

We're gonna go up into the Meaning Making layer, look at some of the big ideas, the organizing principles that help us figure out what to do, where we're going and really answer the question, is this really the real me, is this working for me? And the first one's what we call Workview, which is not your job description, and it's not I want a corner office and I'd like a car, you know, that's a job description or a wish list, a Workview is the manifesto, the set of values that define what I think good work is. So if someone says, well tell me about your job, you know, is that really the kind of work you want to be doing, your Workview answers that question. So we're gonna actually jump right in. You've all been doing this already on homework and for the online participants, if you haven't written your Workview and Lifeview yet, you'll want to you know, take a break, and get those things done because we're gonna be talking about your ideas and you have to articulate them to talk about th...

em, and when we talk about them, this is the beginning of many very personal conversations we're gonna have in the room. What we say in this conversation stays in this room. We're co-life designers. Our role today is to assist one another in this life design process. By the way that goes for all two bajillion of us in the cloud as well. You know, even these people's conversation, we're in a small group together, and you're gonna be listening in on this group over here most of the day, and so the whole point is they volunteered their lives lived out loud in order to support all of us having an empathetic and an authentic experience of this process, which means during the day, and if you do this in a group offline at home, you too, want to keep this confidential, these are these people's stories. It's personal not universal, and will you be saying things that well as we all know, I mean work is just about the money. Well actually in my personal, the way I look at it is, we're all the first person active voice here today, we're not trying to be bombastic, you know, certainly respectful and generative. Generative means we're gonna be affirming and suggesting things all day long. How many of you have plenty of places where you can get criticism? (students laughing) Yeah, we sort of thought we would just like skip that for the most part today. You get plenty of criticism. Today we're gonna be generative, not critical. So with that in mind, we want you now to actually pull out your Workviews and we're gonna have a conversation in threes, we'll do this a lot today, and in triads, you know offline if you can do this course together with a couple other friends it's fabulous, and triads means three people, and when you break into a triad today, you do that by pulling your chairs back and getting into a perfect little isosceles triangle. So if Bill's there and say Susan's here, that is not a triad, that's a line, you know, and there's a big leaky place on the back. So pull your chairs back, there's enough room here to do that. We will give you rubrics all day long, and our job is to give you the container to hold the conversation, and here's the container, it starts with, read your Workview to one another. Now, when I say read it, just read it. Not, well, you know, on the way in, I've decided I don't believe any of this anymore, I really, I don't know who wrote this thing, my dog peed on it, you know, no, no, no, no. All that caveat stuff we're used to doing, just skip it, you wrote it, it's your story, hi I'm Dave, my Workview is, boom. So that only takes a minute or two. Once you've read it, then the two people who are listening to you that you just met, here's your job listeners, first, when did the reader while reading her Workview seem most authentic to you? And I'm not even gonna explain what I mean by authentic, you know what to do. And the second thing you're gonna do is talk about what stood out most to you. The first question's what's going on for the reader in that Workview, and when you were listening, what was going on for you? Like, you know, I noticed you really seemed pretty perked up when you were talking about the part about dogs, you know, and I was really animated about the part about rainbows. So whatever that might be. So the two of you can share when did the reader seem most authentic and what part really stood out to you. That's all you do, so it takes a minute or so to read your Workview, takes like two minutes to make some comments about that, then it's time for person number two. We'll give you time to go all the way around the circle. Any questions? Good, I'm so glad that's clear. Okay, go, you know what to do. Who wants to start? Want me to go first? Happy to. Okay, I work in part because I love what I do, and in part because it provides meaning to my days. When I'm in the flow I'm learning, strategizing, collaborating and creating new solutions for problems. It's critical that my work involve people I respect, especially at this stage in my life. I've co-founded ReBoot Accel, designed to help women reimagine life after a work pause and reengage in meaningful paid work. We get them current, connected, and confident to land their dream job or start their entrepreneural adventure. My days are filled with purpose and joy as each week I hear about another life that has been changed. Scaling what we do and impacting women nationally and even globally is an important mission to me. Success to me is less driven by money and more by lives impacted, though it would be ideal to feel fairly compensated for my work. I came from a family with a strong work ethic where my Dad started a Charter School at age 85, and shared his last civic focus meeting of retired executives at 87. I was taught that work is important and giving back is a critical part of my reason for being. I'm grateful for finding work I love with people I respect and that uses my gifts to the fullest. What stood out for me was respect. I heard (mumbles) and your voice changed when you said that; respecting others. Oh, with people I respect. Yeah, and you used the word twice. And I also, when you used the word flow, you kinda got into that. I realize there was like some liveliness in you, in your voice, and those are the two things that I heard. Okay.

Class Description

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Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head? 

Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are joining us at CreativeLive to teach a class based on their #1 New York Times bestseller, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

By leveraging proven design thinking principles used by leading companies such as IDEO, IBM, and Apple, they will teach you how to apply that same methodology to making your biggest life decisions. Regardless of age, income, or stage in life, their unique approach to designing your life will give you the actionable tools necessary for becoming unstuck and creating a more meaningful life. You will learn how to ask the right questions, eliminate old ideas that are not working and test new approaches to your life.

In this class, you will learn how to: 
  • Closely examine the “life story” that has brought you to where you are today. 
  • Shift your thinking and instead of being part of the society factory, learn how to focus on life as a journey to be experienced fully, rather than a means to an end. 
  • Align your ‘life’ views and ‘work’ view, because more often than not making money and having meaning in your life are not always perfectly aligned. 
  • Fixing dysfunctional attitudes by understanding the root of things that might be blocking you.  
  • Understand what gives you energy and what sucks you dry, so you can design a life that fills you up.

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A fantastic class for someone seeking to optimize their life for a greater sense of satisfaction and especially for someone who is considering a career transition. We are taught effective methods for brainstorming, examining, and prototyping our options, and we are given an approach for the hardest task of all: how to make a choice when faced with multiple good options! Also great tips for networking and getting your foot in the door. This class was very timely for me as I've been struggling with making a decision on what my next career was going to be. I now feel equipped with tools that will help me make that decision with less agony and more fun! Also, I'm a huge fan of design thinking, so it was great to see how that methodology could be applied to making one of the most important decisions in our life.

Karen Vitto

Great course! Great for who like me is on their 30's starting life in a new country with a new language and have been out of the industry for 4 years. Designing new goals, making new networking and starting a MBA for some updates on my carrear. Really helped with some focus. Super recommend!


Loved this class! It was high energy, fast paced and well organized, as well as inspiring. It helped me to make more concrete things I've been thinking and dreaming about. I'm so glad I took it. I made great contacts and will definitely use this material in the future!