Don’t become obsolete!

Instead, stretch to achieve your potential.

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.


It’s likely that you will live longer, work longer, and hold more jobs than any generation that’s come before. And unlike the days of lifetime employment with one company, now it’s totally up to you to make your career everything you want it to be. Stretch is a book that challenges you to leave your comfort zone with its honesty and its practical approach to helping you expand your career options as far as they will go.

Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human

Compelling and rigorous, yet fresh in approach, the authors come within reach of extraordinary, not only as a guide for a successful career but also for making the most out of life.

Joseph Grenny, bestselling author of Crucial Conversations

Stretch is a true wake up call. At the heart of this book is a simple truth: the secret to thriving at work and in life lies in your hands. Mistick and Willyerd provide a remarkable read filled with great stories, compelling research, and highly practical tips to become more engaged both at work and in life.

William Byham, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Development Dimensions International, Author of Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment

Stretch is a fascinating read with powerful stories and solid research. No matter what your career stage, this book will help you reach a new level.”
- Heather Hiles, CEO, Pathbrite, 100 Coolest People in Tech, LinkedIn Influencer
“No one will ever care about your dreams or your career as much as you do. This exceptional book gives you the tools to register your ambition and win in the fast-paced digital economy.

Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP, Author of Winners Dream

In today’s fast-moving, multigenerational workplace, we all want more from our professional experiences. Stretch provides solid advice on how you can feel valued and in control of your career success. This book is one that will bolster your spirits and might just change your life.

Lindsey Pollak, New York Times bestselling author of “Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders

Our neuroscience research has shown that experiencing hope and dreaming of your desired future helps a person to create a path to that future and ameliorate the ravages of stress and uncertainty. Willyerd and Mistick have converted complicated research and emerging trends into a delightful journey through their stories and guidance. Reading will do more than help you prepare for the future, it will help you make your dreams your reality!

Richard Boyatzis Distinguished University Professor Case Western Reserve University Co-author with Dan Goleman and Annie McKee of the international best seller, Primal Leadership Faculty for a MOOC with half a million students enrolled

Willyerd and Mistick have the courage to expose a raw nerve that many of today’s employees feel. They don’t shy away from the reality of the vulnerability many feel about not only keeping up with today, but also preparing for an ever-changing tomorrow. Stretch brings hope and inspiration to both individuals and organizations with specific tools, examples, and practical ideas to move forward.

Joe Campbell Talent Management Director, Nike, Inc.

The future of work promises to be dramatically different over the next decade. Disruptive technologies, big data, demographic shifts, and demand for new skills will require new ways of thinking about careers and preparing a workforce for tomorrow‬‬‬‬. Stretch tackles these issues head on with practical advice for those in the workplace and for organizations that want to prepare their workforces for the future. Those who prepare will seize huge opportunities and with the workplace changes underway, everyone who wants to participate in tomorrow‬‬‬‬’s economy should read Stretch today.

Eva Sage-Gavin Vice Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future Advisory Board

Obsolescence. It's the single biggest concern of today's workforce. STRETCH by Willyerd and Mistick is the answer. Study the megatrends shaping how we work. Analyze their comprehensive data around why we work. Then put their original and accessible solutions into practice. Want to remain relevant? stretch, Stretch, and STRETCH again.

Whitney Johnson, Thinkers50 Most Influential Management Thinkers Author of critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Research meets practice most eloquently in Stretch. The thought-provoking ideas about how to prepare for a rapidly-changing workplace will give you the edge in future-proofing yourself.

John Boudreau Professor and Research Director, University of Southern California Author: Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment

Smart organizations are preparing now for the talent they will need for tomorrow. Stretch takes on the critical and complicated subject of why leaders need to be career makers. The excellent case studies and strong research make this book required reading.

Laura Stein Fortune 500 executive and board member

Good enough is never good enough when the bar is raised or the rules change, … and both will happen. Stretch speaks to this in a powerful way. Willyerd and Mistick make the case for continual development in a world that will be unforgiving to those who ignore this challenge, and then help readers understand what it takes to engage in self-development in a meaningful way. It is the book you need to read if you want practical steps to build a meaningful, purpose-filled career for the future. This is not just a great read -- it is an important read.

Larry Peters Professor of Management & Leadership Development Neeley School of Business, TCU Author: The Simple Truths About Leadership: Turning Your People Into Your Partners

Willyerd and Mistick do a great job of explaining how the work landscape is changing and what we need to do about it. If you have a job or want a job then you need to read this book!

Jacob Morgan Best-Selling Author of The Future of Work, Speaker & Futurist

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KarieWillyerdDr Karie Willyerd is a Workplace Futurist at SuccessFactors, an SAP human capital software company. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in March, 2011. Jambok is now incorporated into the SAP Jam product offering. Karie was formerly Chief Learning Officer for Sun Microsystems. In October 2009, ASTD named Sun the #1 BEST learning function in the world.

Karie is the coauthor of the award-winning bestseller, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today. (Harper Business May, 2010) She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, coauthored a feature article on Mentoring Millennials in Harvard Business Review and has authored dozens of other articles or publications. She is a keynoter, facilitator and contributor at hundreds of events a year, from White House events to Fortune 500, from small businesses to garage startups.

BarbaraMistickDr Barbara Mistick is President of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. A seasoned entrepreneur, advocate for higher education affordability and recognized expert in leadership development, she recently made history pioneering the nation’s first loan buy-back program for college students. A recognized change agent, she was named a Distinguished Service Professor for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and continues to hold prominent leadership roles in some of higher education’s most influential national organizations. Prior to her roles in academia, Barbara was an accomplished two-time entrepreneur.

Her public service advocacy on behalf of entrepreneurs has won numerous awards from the US Small Business Administration, Ernst & Young and The Girl Scouts of America. She has held executive positions in a number of non-profits and public institutions such as The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where she helped children discover their curiosity for science. Barbara is a frequent guest on NPR commenting as an expert on issues in higher education.