When I was in 4th grade, in 1975, my mother started having a self-described "mid-life crisis" that lasted several years. She sought help through counseling and reading, and one of the books she read was a wildly popular bestseller that I'd dismissed, until now.
Seven years ago this week, when I turned 50, I was on the brink of breaking free and launching into the career I'd been waiting for. I'd worked hard, set my sights, and was ready, finally, to (in the lingo of that year) lean in.
OK, now what? That's the question. In my experience (and I have my fair share of change management/reinvention experience to bring to bear here), "now what?" may be the only question worth asking when things are going sideways, whether that sideways slide is a dead car battery or an entire country run amok in civil … Continue reading Reinvent.
Today's idea: Words are like clothes.
Short version? A friend invited me to escape for a little while, and I said yes. And even though (a blessedly mild case of) COVID came home with me, it was a transformative trip for which I'm eternally grateful.
Before you can find, achieve, or settle into work-life balance, you have to get to clarity about what that means for you.
In my first real management job, I almost fired the wrong person. I looked at the data, and was sure I had the answer. But the story in those numbers was a lie.
Is it really a better "balance" between time spent "at work" and time spent "at life" that's at issue, or is it actually something else?