The Work-Life Equation
Six Key Values That Drive Happiness and Success
by William L. Maw
March 2015, 158pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3245-1
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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According to Forbes magazine, 70 percent of employees say they hate their jobs.

This book supplies a simple, memorable, and effective formula to solve problematic behaviors in the work environment and life in general. An invaluable guidebook, it will help readers move beyond mediocrity and achieve happier, more successful lives.

The Work-Life Equation: Six Key Values That Drive Happiness and Success is for the millions of people and business managers who are surrounded by bad behavior—with its attendant mediocre or unsatisfying results—at work and in their private lives, but who hope and dream for happier and more successful lives. The book begins with a frank explanation of the need for self-awareness and self-improvement, then describes how the “winning formula” and the equation for happiness and success in work-life—(H,S) = f(4C,2R)—can be applied via six types of behaviors to effect sweeping changes. The formula means Happiness and Success can be achieved by (is a function of) Cooperation, Consideration, Compassion, Courtesy, Respect, and Responsibility. The book focuses not just on the meaning of these values but also on how to “better live” them. It concludes with a self-assessment tool for the individual, team, or organization to complete that enables objective measurements of behaviors and identification of areas of potential improvement.

Dismissing the familiar, corporate value clichés, the author focuses on six key values most readers probably learned as kids but have forgotten about in adulthood—or didn’t realize were still apt and relevant. The book provides priceless information and guidance for all readers but will be especially appreciated by those in the corporate workplace interested in self-improvement and success, educators and business students, executives looking to shift their firm’s behavioral atmosphere in a positive direction, and individuals seeking inspiration and hope in their daily lives.


  • Presents a simple and practical formula with six key values that drive happiness and success in work-life: (H,S) = f(4C,2R)
  • Explains why and how to deal with the complex need for self-awareness and self-improvement
  • Shows readers how to apply the Pareto principle (or the 80-20 Rule) to address the majority of bad work-life behaviors
  • Provides an in-depth review of each of the six key behaviors and ways to improve
  • Supplies a self-assessment tool that enables readers to gauge how they measure up on each behavior spectrum
William L. Maw is a business executive, social entrepreneur, and mentor. He has more than 30 years of workplace experience with large-, mid-, and small-sized companies around the world, where he has witnessed many astonishing success stories and spectacular failures.


IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medalist in Pyschology catagory—Independent Book Publishers Association, April 12, 2016


"The Work-Life Equation takes us back to the core principles that we learned as children, but forget as adults. If more workplaces were marked by Bill Maw’s values of cooperation, consideration, compassion, courtesy, respect, and responsibility, we’d all be happier and more successful."—Adam Grant, Professor of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take

"Bill Maw isn’t being metaphorical when he uses the word ‘equation’—it really is an alphanumeric riddle: (H, S) = (4C, 2R). And by the end, it all makes sense."—Dennis Kneale, former anchor, Fox Business and former editor at Forbes magazine and The Wall Street Journal

"Maw has created a valuable blueprint for a happy life by fleshing out the definitions of words you thought you knew the meaning of. If you’re unhappy, read this book."—Robert D. Smith, Author of 20,000 Days and Counting

"A source of sound advice, given thoughtfully with humour and humanity. An easy read full of things that if you were lucky as a child, your parents taught you over breakfast and dinner, and which we often forget or ignore as we grow older."—Iain Mackay, Group Finance Director, HSBC Holdings plc

"From the breakfast smoothie of champions to the importance of investing early in a life coach, Bill’s book is full of illuminating anecdotes and practical takeaways to help young professionals fast track their careers in a sustainable and fulfilling way."—Laura Du, Princeton University Class of 2014; Corporate Contacts Manager, Business Today
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