How to be a career-loving parent — Part 2: Know your work options

The first installment of this series introduced the idea that “working parent” is a phrase of resignation. With that choice of words, we give up the idea that we can be passionate about both work and family. We resign ourselves to a life in which we can only really be good at …

Working parent or career-loving parent?

How to be a career-loving parent — Part 1: Know your flex style

In her insanely popular book, Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg relays the story of how Caroline O’Connor reconciled her love of work and love of parenting to design a balanced life. Former Storyteller-in-Chief and lecturer at the Stanford d.school, and current product marketing manager for education for Google, O’Connor approached her …

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Want a great job? Stop playing by the rules!

When it comes to finding work-life balance, one of the first steps is getting the right job. Unfortunately, when it comes to getting the right job, most people are going about it all wrong. They’re looking at job boards, applying online, and sending bland, formulaic résumés and cover letters — …

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Millennials, motivation and work-life balance: Radio interview on CJOB (audio)

A couple of weeks ago, in response to my insanely popular article on Gravity Payments, I was interviewed by Greg Mackling on CJOB, a large AM radio station based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to the Gravity Payments story, Greg and I discussed work-life balance, changing attitudes in leadership, Millennials, and …

You are more than just a knowledge worker

You are more than just a knowledge worker

Did Peter Drucker ruin everything? Just six years before his 2005 death, the management guru published Management Challenges for the 21st Century. Having established himself as one of the great organizational thinkers of the 20th century, Drucker left us with some sage predictions and suggestions for management in the next century. In …

CEO Dan Price sets $70,000 minimum wage at Gravity Payments

What difference does a $70,000 minimum wage make?

We’ve all seen the scenario before. The CEO stands up at an all-company meeting to announce changes to the compensation system. Usually, this means profit-sharing is canceled or bonuses are being cut, but when 29-year-old CEO Dan Price addressed the 120 employees of Seattle-based Gravity Payments last week, the message was very …

Job search and corporate survival myths

Job interview conventional wisdom: myths or truths?

When it comes to your job search, there’s no shortage of helpful advice out there. Your friends will tell you one thing. Your parents will tell you another thing. In some cases, your kids might even weigh in. The trouble with much of this well-meaning advice is that it’s just …

You can keep your dreams and your day job

How to keep your dreams AND your day job

In the struggle to integrate work with a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life, many of us find our big dreams colliding with our occupational realities. As much as we’d like to be starting our own businesses, finishing our novels, selling our albums, or getting out to those casting calls, we …

Build resilience for better work-life balance

Build resilience for better work-life balance

Flexibility and adaptability are critical skills for integrating your work with a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life. If you aren’t able to adjust quickly to changing circumstances, you’ll lose your sense of agency and control. In other words, if you don’t bend, you’ll break. And one of the keys to …

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Top 10 companies for work-life balance

Clients, friends, and complete strangers often ask me, “Where can I work and truly achieve work-life balance?” My admittedly flippant response is, “Anywhere. It’s up to you to create what you call balance, wherever you work.” But in my less flippant moments, I point to employers who have specifically gained a …

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