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Dee Edington’s book is inscrutable.

Do you know whether heartburn pills are safe for long-term use?

I apologize. He asked me to do a review but I couldn’t make any sense out of it. It simply isn’t a good book.  I got about 100 pages in and just gave up.

Wish I could say something positive about it.


  1. Tom Emerick says:

    I can’t wait to see their new book.


  2. Dee Edington says:

    Al and Tom thanks for the review and comment. Jennifer and I are looking forward to finding the positive side of health, which we label as wellness. If the wellness and well-being programs shift to a focus on the benefit to employees and somewhat decrease the emphasis on the benefit to employers, the win-win philosophy will be achieved.


  3. Anonymous HR says:

    Sounds like a great book but what caught my eye was this weekend email policy. Is it in the book? Is ther more to it than this? How is it working? Can you write it up separately? Can we ask you followup questions?


    • whynobodybelievesthenumbers says:

      When real reviewers (like New York Review of Books etc.) write reviews, they are often asked to review specifically because of their expertise in the subject matter, and sprinkle in their own experiences. This Quizzify weekend email policy is an example of the latter. It fit very well in the context of the review. And, yes, you can write separately to ask other questions.


  4. Leo Tolstoy says:

    Regarding the book’s treatment of 4P programs and associated vendors, I think this is attributable to the authors’ ability to see these things in the broader context of an evolving and still relatively immature industry. There is a beautiful summary of that broader context and history provided very early in the book, explaining how the industry errantly embraced the medical model and how/why we’re now working to transcend it. You might say Dee and Jennifer are applying ‘Systems Thinking’ to our industry in the same manner that they advocate employers apply it to the wicked problem of workplace well-being. The flawed wellness practices of today are merely symptoms of a larger disease, and as painfully annoying as those symptoms can be, we shouldn’t confuse them for the disease itself.

    If we define the disease as flawed thinking, Rosie & Jon contributed significantly to the cure around this time last year, and Dee & Jennifer have now advanced the practical application of ‘new paradigm’ wellness even further. This follows the important work you did to widely expose just how problematic things had become. 4P programs and vendors are absolutely slowing the progress of change, but in the context of history and the larger evolving system, they are far more insignificant than they may now appear. Those who cling to the status quo will be buried with it in time, and that time draws ever closer.

    Overall, excellent review on an extremely important book.


    • whynobodybelievesthenumbers says:

      Thanks for the review of the review and glad to see your “name” pop up in our comments list again. This is also proving to be a very popular posting (more popular than any posting not involving Ron Goetzel), so hopefully people will see your take on the book and also get the book for themselves.


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