Save your vocation with a vacation

Save your vocation with a vacation

My wife and I love vacations. We just planned a little end-of-year trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts — to see a play that a friend directed and skinny dip in the Charles River. And we’re in the midst of planning a springtime vacation to Nicaragua — to study Spanish and meet some freshwater sharks. …

Daylight Wasting Time

Daylight Wasting Time: Making the least of the shortest days of the year

For much of the Northern Hemisphere, Daylight Saving Time has come to an end and that dark, dreary time of year known as standard time has begun. This means that, quite suddenly, evening descends before many folks have finished their work days and sometimes — on the most trying days …

Don't wear a mask - bring your whole self to work for better work-life balance

Apple CEO Tim Cook on bringing your whole self to work

Last week, Tim Cook became the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO. In a statement in Bloomberg’s Businessweek, the man who took the helm at Apple in 2011 proclaimed, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” And while I’m personally excited …

Work-life balance doesn't have to be a juggling act

Does organizational culture affect work-life balance?

Working folks who aspire to integrate that work with a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life are often lone rangers — desperately and individually striving to achieve all they want to achieve at work, at home, in their communities, and within themselves. But the pursuit of work-life balance doesn’t have to …

work-life balance

Can friends help you improve work-life balance? [infographic]

I have long advocated that the secret to keeping your head and your heart while keeping your job is to integrate your work with a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life, instead of trying to balance work against life. As research has repeatedly shown, work friendships can be a key to …

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Work-life balance, employee engagement, culture change and crappy meetings

Recently, I’ve received a lot of questions about the connections between lofty concepts — like work-life balance, employee engagement, and organizational culture — and more mundane topics, like how to have better meetings. I’m currently working on a series of articles that ties it all together, but in the meantime, …

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