June 2010

Work Life Stories: Man Vs Debt

“Sell your crap. Pay off your debt.  Do what you love.”  Adam Baker and his wife Courtney, have embarked on a unique debt management journey, documented on Adam’s blog “Man Vs Debt”.  What started as an experiment in transparency and dreams has leveraged Adam into a substantial web personality in just under a year. I […]

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It’s More Than Bringing Home the Bacon

Mothers and GatekeepingMy husband works in a very traditional corporate environment, as well as being extremely involved with our children.  I’ve been realizing lately though, that his involvement is limited to the extent I allow it. I know what my readers who are mothers are thinking, “great, it’s Father’s Day in the US, so let’s […]

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Hungering For Heroes

Heroes The rock star draw of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Admiral Michael Mullen was the most surprising element of my night at the Families and Work Institute’s (FWI) 2010 Work Life Legacy Awards on Monday.  The room’s excitement at his presence was palpable and energizing.  Who says we don’t hunger for […]

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Asking More Men the “Balance” Question

When the first question an interviewer asks a successful man is “How do you balance work and family?”, then will we be getting somewhere? I posed this question on Twitter and Facebook last week and some thoughtful responses and conversations emerged.  It was prompted from reading (yet another) article about senior professional women where it […]

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Heretical Thoughts About Zappos, Delivering Happiness and Work Life

Delivering Happiness is a bold promise to make in any book, let alone a business book.  Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh makes just such a promise.   The autobiographical story of Tony’s childhood and career at times seems self indulgent and veers into frat boy territory, Harvard style.  Hsieh is open about the fact that the writing […]

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Cash, Post-it Notes and Paperclips

Debt can be useful when leveraged properly.  For most of us however, it has the potential to become a scary millstone.  The work life impact?  Choices.  Excessive debt removes our choices, burdens our mind and body and adversely affects our well being.  Which is why I was intrigued to discover several months ago Adam Baker […]

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Harry Potter, Running and a Guilt Free Work Life

I confess I’ve been a tad discombobulated (is that not one of the finest words in the English language?).  Mostly because I made a conscious decision to relax.  For a whole week.  Yep, you read me right.  Work life balance for me often plays out as family, work, family, work, family, work.  It’s about choosing […]

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