This is the view from my office window. I keep thinking there’s some inspirational metaphor to be had… something about hanging on in the face of adversity? I don’t know. But it’s an interesting backdrop.
“With the work world becoming more flexible, I believe that it’s possible to have a fulfilling career that supports, rather than detracts, from motherhood. And I’m crazy enough to think I can engineer that life for myself… if I start working on it now.”
Amen, sister! I’ve written here before that building a savings account is key to taking control of your career. Both my husband and I have been able to leave unsatisfying jobs and/or change industries because we haven’t been saddled with consumer debt. Does sticking to a budget suck sometimes? Yep. But having options is worth it.
Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan shares his company’s unique approach to workplace culture in Joy, Inc. While there is much to think about in this book – hiring for cultural fit, creating changeable space, face-to-face communications – one bit I keep coming back to is this thought on extreme reactions to change:
“…in the face of a significant change initiative, emotional reactions fitting a standard bell curve will likely never create lasting change. You need the energy from the edges, not the middle.”
I recently stumbled upon Grant McCracken’s take on contemporary culture via these two posts on Orphan Black. So two recommendations here, really. 1- check out McCracken’s blog and 2 – watch this sci-fi conspiracy thriller from BBC America. Tatiana Maslany, who plays all of the 5+ main characters, is crazy good.
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