Many people struggle with the notion of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Ambitious, driven and committed people want to be successful in all aspects of their life, not just their professional career. They want to have it all. They want to have a great marriage, nurturing family life, fantastic health and fitness and a satisfying social life. And, they want to have or achieve all these desires simultaneously. There is a notion that the Europeans have more of a “Work in order to Live” mindset while in North America, we tend to “Live in order to Work.” I think this is somewhat true. However, I have also seen from my own experience working with people […]
In one of my earlier blogs I shared about the story of a client friend who described his work as his “8 hour inconvenience.” Almost every week as I work with teams of all levels around the globe, I encounter a similar team dynamic: people being hesitant to express themselves boldly and passionately, especially when dealing with the sensitive issues, challenges and topics that frustrate them and stifle their productivity and effectiveness. In fact, in most teams, bold and courageous communication is often replaced by resignation, fear and a victim mentality. It’s not that people are cowards. It’s that in organizational settings, even courageous people tend to play a more safe and politically correct game. […]
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