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Work-Life Bloom

How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes

by (author) Dan Pontefract

Figure 1 Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Leadership, Workplace Culture, Human Resources & Personnel Management
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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"Work-life balance" isn't making anyone happy.

In fact, our relentless attempts to achieve this goal have created workplaces full of stress, discontent, and burnout.

While this workplace disillusionment has been brewing for years, the pandemic helped catalyze a cultural shift of workers redefining themselves beyond what they do for a living. Now, it's time for you to rethink your role as a leader in the nexus of work and life.

In Work-Life Bloom: How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes, award-winning author Dan Pontefract contends that a thriving workplace isn't about employee engagement levels, nor is it predicated on your team members bringing their "best selves" to work. Instead, it requires you to support the people you manage so they can be their best in work and life.

Just as a flower needs the right mix of sunlight, water, and nutrients to grow, your people need the right mix of work-life factors to create a fulfilling and harmonious existence. Pontefract introduces a new leadership paradigm focused on twelve key work-life factors that determine whether your team members' gardens are able to grow.

Drawing upon primary global research, interviews, and personal experiences, Pontefract delivers a timely blueprint for leaders to cultivate work-life ecosystems where individuals don't just survive - they bloom.

About the author

Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance corporate culture, leadership, purpose, learning, work styles and collaboration practices. He is a passionate leader in the leadership and social collaboration technology spaces and is uniquely skilled to ensure an organization can move from traditional cultures to healthier ways of working. A renowned speaker and author, Dan has presented at multiple TED events, writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post and has appeared on the front covers of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. He and his wife, Denise, live in Victoria, Canada with their three young children. ou can reach Dan on Twitter (@dpontefract) or at

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Editorial Reviews

"In this timely and compelling book, Dan Pontefract uproots outdated ideas about work and tosses them in the compost heap. Then, with a graceful mix of advice and analysis, he shows leaders at every level how to plant new seeds of possibility for themselves and their teams."
-Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Regret, When, and Drive

"In Work-Life Bloom, Dan Pontefract showcases an insightful and nuanced perspective on work and life. This book is a compass for leaders who aspire to nurture a fulfilling and flourishing professional setting with their teams."
-Ranjay Gulati, Harvard Business School Professor and author of Deep Purpose

"With Work-Life Bloom, Dan Pontefract offers us the seeds to grow not just better workplaces but better lives. A must-read for leaders navigating the modern world."
-Erica Dhawan, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Digital Body Language

" Work-Life Bloom challenges the status quo. It's an essential read for anyone committed to building an amazing workplace and a great employee experience."
-Alex Osterwalder, CEO of Strategyzer & IMD Visiting Professor

"A must-read! Dan Pontefract challenges the concept of work-life balance by introducing Work-Life Bloom . Highly recommended."
-Martin Lindstrom, New York Times best-selling author of Buyology and Small Data

"Dan Pontefract's Work-Life Bloom turns the conventional wisdom about work and life on its head. If you truly want your teams to thrive, read this refreshing, indispensable guide now."
-Dorie Clark, best-selling author of The Long Game and Entrepreneurial You

"Dan Pontefract's Work-Life Bloom recognizes how my 'Working Together' leadership, management system, and its connected culture of love by design contributes to one's integrated life and life's work of service, which is one's love made visible. Great job, Dan!"
-Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Ford Motor Company

"We all need help in our lives to realize our true potential. This amazing book is the help you have been looking for! It will guide you to a life that blooms and blossoms in all the right ways. Don't miss the chance to understand what it really means to flourish!"
-Chester Elton, best-selling author of The Carrot Principle and Leading with Gratitude

"Work-life balance? We've been labouring to achieve it for the last two decades. Clearly, we need a new approach and a new metaphor. So, we should all be grateful to Dan Pontefract for providing it with Work-Life Bloom . Dan offers not just sound principles but actions we can take to bloom together - testing our soil, remembering to water. Helpful, inspiring, and fresh."
-Sally Helgesen, author of Rising Together, How Women Rise, and The Female Advantage

"When people bloom at work and in life, they flourish, and your organization does too. This book offers both soil and seeds - frameworks and tactics - that you can use to help unlock the greatness of your people and teams."
-Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit and How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

"The best leaders not only enable people to do great work; they help people live a great life. This book will give you the tools to both grow your talent and help everyone on your team."
-Liz Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author of Multipliers and Impact Players

"[ Work-Life Bloom ] is more multifaceted than most team-building business titles, offering solutions and observations that stem from acknowledging the interconnected opportunities and pitfalls that lie between individual members, leaders, and group efforts."
-Midwest Book Review

" Work-Life-Bloom is a refreshing take on realizing one's full potential not only in the workplace but outside as well."
- Chief Talent Officer