It’s time to get curious about work-life balance

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  “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” __Albert Einstein I was recently talking with a friend about an argument he’d had with his wife. He felt he had been trying very hard to support her career, but she told him that she felt like he didn’t really care […]

It’s easy to be busy, but harder to be effective

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I know you’re busy, so I’m going to cut right to the chase: you need to stop being so busy. Ridiculous advice, right? But here’s the thing: being busy takes almost no skill at all. It’s a default mode. Nearly everyone I know is busy. All the time. It just means you have a lot to do. Big deal. Being effective, on the other hand, requires intelligence, skill, and discipline. It’s a conscious choice, and it’s something you can learn.

How life can go from good to great

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Jim Collins’s 2001 business literature classic, Good to Great, gave the world of business and organizational thought many gifts. The years of research and analysis that went in to the insightful tome provided a sound foundation for drawing some powerful conclusions about what differentiates good organizations from great ones. Big ideas from the book — like Level 5 leadership, the Stockdale paradox and the flywheel effect — have become so integral to organizational philosophy and practice that it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t there. The power of Good to Great doesn’t end with organizations though. There are some useful and important […]

Can we really understand other people?

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Wouldn’t life be easier if we could understand why the heck other people do what they do? What if we could all actually understand one another? What if we could figure out our differences and how to bridge them, always knowing how to communicate and interact for maximum personal effectiveness? Wouldn’t that help us better integrate our work with a meaningful, fun and fulfilling life?

6 ways to be 73.2% more awesome in 2014 (part 2)

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As 2013 draws to a close, I find myself thinking about how my life will be different on December 31, 2014. What will I have accomplished? What positive habits will I have acquired? How proud of myself will I be? If you find yourself in a similar mindset, perhaps you’ll find some of my self-improvement themes for the year inspirational, helpful — or at least mildly entertaining. If you missed my first three ways to be 73.2% more awesome in 2014, click the link to catch up. Otherwise, read on for the final six.

Don’t send that e-mail — yet! (new e-book)

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Many factors are eroding the boundaries between work time and the many other times that make up a meaningful, fulfilling and fun life. Global workforces on duty 24/7, mobile devices that allow work to happen any time and anywhere, and increasing demands to catch up or keep up all contribute to folks all over the developed world working more and being busier. One of the biggest threats to that mythical being called work-life balance, however, is e-mail.

3 simple tricks to use when working ain’t working

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Have you ever had one of those days? You know, one of those frustratingly unproductive, unfocused, can’t-get-started days? The kind of day in which you want and need to get a ton of work done, but you just can’t? If you said, “Gosh, Eryc, I have no idea what you mean; that never happens to me,” then you’re either a superhuman productivity cyborg cockroach from outer space — or you’re lying. If, on the hand, you nodded your head in recognition or even said, “Yes, Eryc, that’s happening right now. Why do you think I’m reading your blog when I […]

Taking yourself too seriously is not safe for work (NSFW, part six)

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Having fun at work is rarely a priority. In fact, “fun” is often used as one of many antonyms to “work” — along with “play,” “home” and “life.” There’s just something about that word that feels like serious Teflon to which fun just won’t stick. But nothing could be further from the truth. When we have fun at work — nurturing our collective sense of human — we are more productive, more whole and happier. This article is the sixth in a series on career limiting moves and behaviors that are not safe for work. If you missed the first five installments, […]

What’s your corporate survival secret?

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If you’ve been reading my site for a while, you’re probably aware that I’m working on a book called The Corporate Survival Guide, designed to inspire and instruct folks like you to keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. A lot of career advice focuses on either climbing the corporate ladder or jumping off it into the world of entrepreneurship. However, in my experience, the majority of folks really want the safety, security and stability of their corporate jobs — they just want those jobs to serve them better as part of a rich, meaningful life. That’s what this […]

Get curious about yourself

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“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” __e. e. cummings Look at you! You’ve finally made to the sixth and final installment in this series on getting curious. By now, I hope you believe in the value of curiosity to having a rich, meaningful life — even at work. I also hope you’ve discovered a little about getting curious about your coworkers, getting curious about your boss, getting curious about your employees and getting curious about your organization. Congratulations on sustaining your curiosity about curiosity. Your persistence has earned […]