Archives for Work/Life Fit
In the third debate, the President’s history lesson -“we don’t use bayonets and horses”- prompted big buzz, smiles and controversy. But, although billed as a last resort, bayonets still do play a part in military arms, just not a significant one.
Another idea – a killer idea – also steeped in history moves toward a possible [...]
While your organization may show high interest in joining the list of companies with established sabbatical programs, this economy may have temporarily stalled or diverted that high interest.
No need to despair. You can do it yourself! Really? And how might that work?
For inspiration, tips, tools and real stories of people who have added sabbaticals to their [...]
If you’ve been lucky enough to travel internationally, you probably met other travelers along your way. And you may have noticed: travelers from countries outside the United States usually travel for longer periods of time than Americans do.
How many Americans have you met recently who have vacationed for longer than a week? Right. Even a [...]
Hey ho, Gen Y. Are you watching your parents grapple with late-in-life work issues such as staying on top of their game in a youth-obsessed world, pensions, retirement and 2nd career issues? Your parents aren’t the only ones who will face these issues. You’ll have your chance too.
The difference is you might be facing them [...]
Aspiring, newly minted and experienced entrepreneurs rejoice! This week I happily devoured a second smart and engaging book to help us lead the life we want.
In my last post, I ditched Tony Robbins for Chris Guillebeau. (That was so easy!) Gurgling about the inspirational messages in Guillebeau’s book, “The ART of Non-Conformity: Set Your, Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change [...]
AARP would do well to pay Chris Guillebeau big bucks to be a spokesperson for their 50-something crowd. Chris won’t be eligible to join AARP for about 20 years, but so what? His writing is sharp, his message has guts, and his passion is contagious.
Chris Guillebeau has strong opinions about life, work and travel. [...]
Last month I spent a week on a walking tour in the Northern Lakes District of England with poet, David Whyte. In community with 21 others, I experienced the pastures and mountains, villages, locals, cuisine, pubs and sheep (lots of sheep) of the region. The treks were challenging; so is life. No matter your age, title, or size of [...]
Post-recession demographics are not only showing that baby boomers plan on working longer to recoup from the financial collapse. What’s also now clear is the way they intend to work in the future – and that has major consequences for talent managers, who must rethink their policies to support the new workplace realty that is [...]
Julia Roberts grew up in Smyrna, Georgia. Since I was part of the school system that raised her (I was a middle school counselor for 10 years), I can say that she never knew a moneyed lifestyle. There was no affluent side of Smyrna at that time (and I don’t think there is now.)
This past weekend, my mother moved her 95-year-old father from Ohio to Pensacola, Florida, and into an assisted living facility a couple of miles up the road from her house. She had two siblings helping her, but this was still a time-consuming, logistical ordeal. Have you ever prepared an almost-centurion to get through TSA? Have [...]
When it comes to defining “work,” Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek (Expanded and Updated, 2010) offers this definition to Max Chafkin, senior writer at Inc. Magazine (March, 2010):
Work is an activity that is financially driven or one that you’d like to do less of.
I confess, on certain days, my work falls squarely into [...]
An afternoon visit to a Gen Y blog site has me looking for an antacid. Why? Smoldering resentment from the younger generation about Boomers.
“Couldn’t they just please retire so we can get some real work done.”
“God, they think they are always right.”
“And then he told this story about something that happened in the 70s. Geeez, [...]
Moms of the world, this post’s for you. Whether you work full time, part time or devote all of your energy to your family, are sabbaticals for you?
Alina Tugend, a New York Times reporter broaches this subject at the end of her recent column, “The Best Time To Ask For a Sabbatical Could Be [...]
Gladwell’s manifesto, The Outliers, begins with hockey players and their birth dates. You should check yours because I’m pretty sure you are in the column of “born too late” when it comes to individual greatness.
But, let’s keep going anyway and look at the other prerequisites.
Exceptional achievement equals being born at the right time – the [...]
Underneath everything – the daily headlines of massive layoffs and bank failures, the squawking of bad news, and your unopened 40l(k) statements – there’s an internal dialogue of worry.
Not the worry that this Plan A you are living will be over. You’re pretty sure it will be.
The static in your head is because you screwed up.
The new feeling is s-l-o-w. It’s certainly not positive when it comes to the economy, but other than that, perhaps your work life and life in general are not currently moving as fast as they once were.
Do you like slow? Or do you miss fast? How comfortable are you with slow? Is too much slow [...]
While some organizations excitedly complete the final design of their first Sabbatical Program, McDonald’s could literally yawn. Their sabbatical program is more than 40 years old.
While there is nothing quite like debriefing with a person who’s just returned from their first career break imagine how intrigued we are to interview employees of two other firms [...]
The sales and share price of McDonald’s have soared in the past six years. “I’ve been an analyst for 18 years, and I’ve never recommended a stock for this long in my life,” said David Kolpak. “It’s been an amazing ride.” (NY Times, January 11, 2009)
It wasn’t always so. At the beginning of 2003, McDonald’s [...]
The 4-Hour Work Week inspires sabbatical mindset
Employers and even individuals can sometimes view a sabbatical as having benefits that are pretty one sided…and slim. The sabbatical taker returns refreshed and rejuvenated. Whoopee! Why not just buy Starwood’s SweetSleeper Bed, pull that downy comforter over your head and get some sleep?
When individuals choose to do something on their sabbatical [...]
In an interview last week, Elizabeth talked with a man who had taken a 3-month sabbatical – an eye-popping, continent-hopping adventure with family and friends. Right before I was ready to glow blue-green with envy (blue for the two oceans he crossed; green for the amount of money this adventure must have cost), I tripped [...]
Peggy Noonan’s Declarations column in the Wall Street Journal stays pretty political, but yesterday (6/21-22/2008) she tackled the sadness felt at the death of American television journalist, Tim Russert. While the media coverage on Tim Russert was extensive, the messages were also extremely consistent.
For four days, we were told how to live a well-lived [...]