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As part of an e-mail RSVP process with a young couple on their upcoming wedding celebration, they noted that they were seeking input from long-married couples on tips for a successful marriage and looking for any good advice for young fools in love. My wife had a very simple, net message that is difficult to argue with: "As for advice, well, the best we can offer is to not follow the advice of others. That's meddling! No one knows what's inside a relationship better than those in the relationship. The view from the outside is never true." They asked over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Balanced Bits
My biggest personal challenge is accepting that I seem to prioritize BalancedBits lower than many of the other things I do. I am happy with my choices, but I surely have a twinge of guilt here. Not sure what to do. Anyone interested in guest posts on work-life? Personal stories might be just the ticket.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on Tradeoff Central at Balanced Bits
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You clarification helps. It's about finding what job you want - - that makes you happy. Picking a job because it might make you a lot of money has a good chance of really hurting one's work-life balance. Too much risk of what we call the "rat race". Not sure what our kids would call it.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2011 on Tradeoff Central at Balanced Bits
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As I watch my children's adult lives (and the lives of my friends' children) evolve, I am constantly reminded that there are often no simple answers to life's choices and that tradeoffs must be carefully thought through. It seems like it all comes down to what you do for your source of income and what you do with your life. (I'm sure there is something here linked to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs). All the nuances of where you live, your relationship with your partner, your family, etc. get wrapped up into just those two points. Perhaps being a bit simplistic,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Balanced Bits
Nicely done, Mike! You know I believe that the content and style thing is critical all the time - and this really shows why!
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I still continue to believe that success at work (and at life) requires a combination of content and style. I wrote about it when I first started blogging. This post is about the "style" you have while doing your job and the perception of your peers and your management about you at work. The "content" side of your job is pretty straightforward: Doing what is expected and needed Doing things the right way Delivering expected results I don't know your job, so I can't tell you what you need to do. But I'd like you to think about how you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Balanced Bits
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What did you do this weekend? In a recent catch-up exchange with a colleague of mine, we covered the typical updates around work, kids, travel, etc. The end of her note wrapped up with how the family comes back together with a simple "Weekends are precious". How perfect! To me the weekend is defined by having far less important emails arriving and far less calendared items that drive our Monday through Fridays. It is an opportunity to do something meaningful—either professionally, with your family or friends, or for yourself. If your weekend is approached with too casual an approach you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at Balanced Bits
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I recently I got yelled at by my one of my friends that I've been remiss in posting. Now I have a 25 year old and a 50-something on my case. (Sadly, they are right.) I have spent a lot of time, though, talking with people about current issues. These conversations have been with college students, recent college graduates, some young in the business, some mid-career and people at my end of the spectrum. Common themes have emerged. Here are some of the questions with a high level answer to see if we can stir up some dialogs. Can I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Balanced Bits
I think I'm too compartmentalized as I try to use each tool for the purpose it was designed for. I updated my LinkedIn profile with all my career activities - and that's got the new stuff. For the career piece of my Facebook profile, I told people to read my LinkedIn profile. Am I being a curmudgeon?
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2011 on The "Moms with Apps" App at Balanced Bits
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Not quite a Balanced Bits piece, but for all you with kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces, I want to make you aware of a free app for the iPad or the iPhone from a wonderful organization that I am part of, called Moms with Apps. With a rich set of categorization you can easily find hundreds and hundreds of apps by age group, learning area and more. Definitely worth checking out. And I could argue it is Balanced Bits because it makes a parent's life easier! All the best. And more posts coming - - I promise. Jon P.S. One... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Balanced Bits
Gene - I can't say I was thinking specifically about you on those last two lines. I hesitated to leave them in, but I thought they'd get a chuckle. Thanks for the comment back!!
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And I didn't have any connectivity either! What a fool. I've always prided myself as someone who is able to remove myself from myself and assess things. Clearly I would have done that one differently and I did eventually figure it out. All the little minds I could have damaged by that laptop move.... And that was a long, long time ago. Maybe this blog is how I made amends?
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Blog scope: Those relatively young in their careers. Perhaps less than 10 years in the business world. (Although this should be a good reinforcing lesson for all.) I'm troubled. In my post on the new normal, I felt that many of us have become employees that are too worried about keeping their jobs to even think about themselves and their work-lives. Just keep your head low, do your job well and not rock the boat about going to a kid's soccer game or shifting work hours. Not good. We know that technology enables us to be always working and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Balanced Bits
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First, calm down. You are in tough times. This will show what you are made of. Let's get some basic definitions out of the way. Work is generating income. You might even be one of the ever increasing numbers of boomerang kids and live with your parents, but go get a minimum wage job. Or two! Life is basic living: a roof over your head, food and transportation. In many cases the financial equation doesn't close. You might have to rely on the support of family or friends (couch surfing), but hopefully you will return the favor someday. Prioritization takes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Balanced Bits
I saw it was Julie and didn't even realize that I got it wrong. Just a typo. Although I do see MomstoWork.com as a single entity greater than the sum of its parts! We hope that you'll continue in the blogosphere with MomstoWork or some other endeavor!
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Thanks, Souma. Concise? Not sure. But I'll take credit for creative map making. Maybe there is a post-retirement career for me at Rand McNally. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2011 on The Starting Out Work-Life Roadmap at Balanced Bits
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Gather 'round all ye who are done with college and are fortunate to have found a job. For those who are still seeking employment, I'll have a post for you in the near future. What matters? Finding the balance and being happy in most of what you do! As you will spend a large percentage of your life working, you have to be happy with your job choice. You also need to make sure you are happy with what you do when not working and even that requires some thinking and planning. Let's take this in simple steps. Be successful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Balanced Bits
Let's all wish for 2011 to be the year of the employee!
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We send you greetings from Mount Snow. In my new retirement, start new work projects, never lose focus on family and friends, and find the appropriate "me time", I wish you all a wonderful 2011. For my wife and me, 2010 will end in Vermont and we will begin 2011 here, too. Balance means enjoying the slopes in the morning, working or finding quiet time in the afternoons, and also having friends and family visit. So far, so good. I wish you all great success in work and life and in finding the right balance for you. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Balanced Bits
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We have had a horrible financial decade, now statistically coming out of the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression. And while businesses are showing signs of life, unemployment continues to be too high. Layoffs are way of corporate life with companies tightening down wherever they can to deliver to their shareholders. Whatever relationship existed between a company and an employee has broken down. Employees expect less, fear more and employers are happy to accommodate. I grew up in a paternalistic company where it was anticipated that you would work for a full career. Although I worked there for over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Balanced Bits
Thanks for the words of encouragement as well as a reminder of what is important, Joy. That you commented means a lot to me. My takeaway is to remember to just enjoy many activities and not worry about creating blog content. At the same time, many of my projects are great blog fodder and I'm motivated to continue to capture and see what ends up posted. Just another point of balance.
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Thank you, Donna! I flew in from the West Coast today and it was very heartening to get see nice comments. Thank you for the compliment and for elevating me to the lofty medium priority list! :-)
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With a subtitle of "Why the Future of Business is Sharing", it is not surprising that this book showed up in my mail with a short message from Seth Godin. Last January, I made a charitable donation to the Acumen Fund (which I learned about on Seth's blog) and received a copy of his book "Linchpin". The book was great and I wrote about it here. He later sent a second copy of the book to me (and others, I'm sure!) as he writes about people sharing their art. I thought long and hard about who should get that copy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Balanced Bits
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I was pretty pleased with my last blog entry on how I spend my time and comfortable with my decision to continue to blog at a lower priority than my new work projects. But I received a comment that has me rethinking things. The comment was: And of course, it's one thing to put a low priority on things that only affect you versus a low priority on things that affect other people. Here's where priorities overlap. Taking this example: Your blogging may be low on your priority list, but it's pretty high on my build-my-intelligence priority list. Your decision... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Balanced Bits
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...While I look around for my possibilities?" Thank you Simon and Garfunkel for "Hazy Shade of Winter" which is where the weather is quickly going and has provided context for what seems to be my greatest challenge. Time. Things take time! It doesn't matter what the things are -- they just seem to chew up time. I am in constant time analysis and decision making. I do this not only for prioritization of how I spend my time but also as a reminder that work and life is all about choices. And once decided - don't stress out!! Whether I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Balanced Bits