Is My Vacation Balance a Measure of Work-Life Balance?

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just about here, and New Year’s is also fast approaching. Where did the year go?! I’ll save the recap/goal posts for next week, but I wanted to talk a little bit now about my upcoming vacation. At my company, we implement a “firmwide shutdown” starting on Christmas Day and running all the way through New Year’s Day. Yes, you have to use a few vacation days for this, but they’re always very generous about also {Read More}

If It’s Worth It, Make It Work

Tonight, I went out for happy hour with a friend who’s thinking of switching jobs, and who wanted to hear a little bit more about my company. I was completely transparent and told him both the good and the bad. No matter how great your company is, there will be some things about it that don’t work for everyone, and I think it’s better to be up front about that than have someone be surprised once they start working there. But {Read More}

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling… 32

Lately I haven’t been fulfilling my New Year’s resolution of listening to TED talks in the morning while I get ready for the day. Instead, I’ve been listening to the “Today’s Happy Pop” station of Google Music. Maybe not quite as intelligent, but it definitely gets me energized for the day! As a result of this morning’s playlist, I have had Taylor Swift’s “22” stuck in my head most of today… …except I don’t feel 22. I feel 32, or {Read More}

Driving Toward No Goal At All

One of the speakers I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with at Discover is Jullien Gordon, a professional career coach and speaker who’s been featured in Forbes and Under 30 CEO. Jullien has some great lessons on developing your personal definition of success and going after what you want, rather than copying someone else’s definition of success – which may or may not make you happy. When I went through the Discover program a few years ago, Jullien’s message really resonated with {Read More}

Crafting my Victorious Entrance

This week, I’m back at Terranea to deliver another week of my firm’s Discover program. I was really nervous for this session – much more than my first one as orchestrator, a few weeks ago. A few days after my last session, I got videos of my performance – and I was really unhappy with how I did. I was looking down at my notes a lot, and in the post-session feedback, some of the senior associates commented that it made {Read More}

Update: My Energy Audit

I am having an amazing time at Terranea Resort, orchestrating my firm’s “Senior Associate Leadership Development Experience” (which we shorten to be called “Discover”). Yesterday was a really big day for me as orchestrator, as I had about half an hour of time on stage to tell the seniors my “who am I” story. Of course, it wasn’t quite as perfect as I would have liked it to be, but overall I was pretty happy with how it went! One {Read More}

Emphasizing my OOO

Last Thursday, I got a reminder from my company to check out my “total rewards” page on the intranet. I dutifully went to the page to make sure that my 401k and other investment allocations were where I wanted them to be, and I happened to glance over to another part of the page and see my vacation balance. As luck would have it, I had just earlier that day finished reading an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review {Read More}

TGI Flyday – and Cheers to a New Beginning!

In most of my consulting work where I’ve had to travel, the typical schedule is that you’re on site Monday through Thursday. Although we work from home (or in our local office) on Fridays, the fact that we actually get to go home and sleep in our own beds is always cause of celebration, so people will sometimes refer to Thursday as “consulting Friday”. My preferred Thursday catchphrase, though, is “TGI Flyday!” It’s been both a year since I’ve been {Read More}

Choosing The Simple Life… and Accepting the Consequences

This weekend, with Adam‘s help, I went back to the simple life. We spent Friday night at the baseball game downtown, where my company hosts an annual event with amazing field-level seats. And then on Saturday, we planned literally nothing all day long, slept late, and got errands done. I now have a new stainless steel dishwasher! (The old one broke, which means I am officially replacing my kitchen appliances one at a time until everything is stainless.) Adam installed {Read More}

Finding the Three Ps: Place, Person, and Passion

My company has an amazing executive coaching center of excellence. Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to not only get to work with some of the great coaches they’ve hired, but also to become friends with one of the coaches who’s based in our Denver office. Last week, we were catching up at an office happy hour, and she told me about a neat concept that a mentor had taught her: Everyone goes through life seeking “the {Read More}