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3 ways to handle a micromanager

Few things at work are more demoralizing and demotivating than micromanagement. Micromanagers crush initiative and undermine creativity. They threaten autonomy, discourage collaboration, and engender distrust. Rather than increasing accountability, they actually create dysfunctional behaviors that focus more on covering asses than on creating assets. As Blake Thorne wrote in a …

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Better work-life balance through improved productivity (infographic)

The trouble with the pursuit of work-life balance is that the concept itself is fallacious. First, work-life is a false dichotomy. Work is not the opposite of life; it’s an integral part of a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life. Second, balance is a flawed metaphor. It implies trade-offs and compromises, …

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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 …

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