Figure 1 Publishing

Business + Leadership

Work-Life Bloom

How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes

A thought-provoking and empowering book that will inspire leaders to take a fresh look at a new coalescence between work and life.

Gold Axiom Business Book Award Recipient

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“In this timely and compelling book, Dan Pontefract uproots outdated ideas about work and tosses them in the compost heap.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

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Book Description

In Work-Life Bloom: How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes, award-winning author Dan Pontefract takes a fresh look at integrating our professional and personal lives. Just as a flower needs the right mix of sunlight, water, and nutrients to grow and thrive, team members need the right mix of work-life factors to create a fulfilling and harmonious existence. Through primary global research, interviews, and personal experience, Pontefract delves into the current state of work and life, offering practical solutions for leaders and organizations to create environments where teams can flourish.

Pontefract argues that there really is no such thing as work-life balance: our rigid attempts to achieve it don’t reflect current realities, and are in fact leading us to further burnout, stress, and unhappiness. Instead, he encourages a more holistic approach, promoting the idea of “blooming” in both work and life. Pontefract stresses that for people to succeed, they must reach fulfillment through the integration of work and the personal aspects of life. After all, people bring their work into their lives and their lives into their work; an improved integration is necessary.

Pontefract introduces six key work factors – trust, belonging, feeling valued, purpose, strategy, and norms – and six life factors – relationships, skills, well-being, meaning, agency, and respect – essential for creating an integrated work-life ecosystem that genuinely blooms. The 12 factors contain practical solutions and strategies for leaders who want to nurture Work-Life Bloom environments for their team members, and achieve this mindset for themselves.

With a unique approach and vivid writing, Work-Life Bloom is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their impact as a leader.



“Dan Pontefract thinks you should banish the term ‘work-life balance’ from your vocabulary.”
Globe and Mail

“Dan Pontefract argues there is no such thing as work-life balance. Instead, he promotes a more holistic approach, promoting “blooming” in both work and life.”

“Now Focus On Human Needs Because Employee Engagement Has Failed”

“Pontefract connects important dots between life influence, personal experience, and business and team leadership challenges. The result is more multifaceted than most team-building business titles.”
Midwest Book Review

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Victoria Now

“Challenging the traditional notions of work-life balance and authenticity in the context of leadership.”
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Work-Life-Bloom is a refreshing take on realizing one’s full potential not only in the workplace but outside as well.”
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  • Hardcover
  • 6 × 9 inches
  • 304 pages
  • 978-1-77327-223-8
  • $32.95 CAN / $24.95 USD
  • October 2023