When it comes to measuring work-life balance, maybe it’s time to stop comparing ourselves to others, says Forbes’ Samantha Ettus. “If we can’t point to anyone who ‘has it all,’ why are we all measuring ourselves on this preposterous yardstick?” she asks.
By Bruce Rosenstein
One-third of all Americans are dissatisfied with the future facing themselves and their families, according to a recent Gallup survey. And even among those who are satisfied, their optimism about the future is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.
The good news: you can create your own future. Better yet, you can do it simply and systematically as part of your everyday life, inside and outside the workplace.
Peter Drucker, the legendary father of modern management, approached the future with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment. The takeaway for today: make choices and commitments, and take action, with tomorrow in mind.
Don’t leave your future to chance or fate, or to the whims of others. Instead, unlock and live your best future, beginning in the here and now. Start with these five keys, inspired by Drucker and imagined for today’s fast-moving, uneasy times:
A day at the office can drain you, which is why many of us view hitting the gym or jogging after work as some form of torture. I’m too tired. But Hannah Newman says that if you get into an exercise routine before work, and bring a buddy, it can make a before work workout more palatable.
By Michelle Kruse
When you’ve been with a company for a number of years, it’s easy to feel stuck in career limbo. Whether you’re working in a position that is no longer fulfilling or taking home a paycheck that suddenly seems insufficient, you may think the solution is to start looking for work elsewhere. It never hurts to reassess your options, and here are six ways to keep moving up the ladder.
1) Organize your thoughts. Set a day aside to very deliberately reflect on your career path. What do you like about working at your current company? What would you like to change? What do you dislike about your current position, and what would you rather be doing? Where do you see yourself one, five and 10 years down the road? It’s important to have a clear understanding of your own goals before moving forward with your plan.
2) Position yourself as a leader. This could be as simple as speaking up more often in brainstorming sessions or as challenging as volunteering to head up a major project. Show your higher-ups that you’re ready and willing to take on more responsibility, and be sure to give the best performance that you’re capable of.
Danielle Herzberg, a senior sales manager for HubSpot, spent 27 years building a personal and professional network in the Northeast. But when she moved to San Francisco, she was determined to build a career and life for herself there. Here are the six ways she did it.
By Jude Bijou
All of us, at some time or another, experience fear and anxiety. We worry about our teenager driving at night. We fret about whether we’ll be laid off. We fear the worst when we notice an odd lump or feel a shooting pain.
The fact is that most of the time, whatever we fear doesn’t happen. Our teen arrives safely home. There’s no pink slip in our pay envelope. And the lump is benign and of no concern.
Nevertheless, life is filled with unknowns. And it’s hard-wired for the body to go into its fear physiology when it feels as if its survival is threatened. Few among us are able to calmly tolerate the big “what ifs” that enter our thoughts every day. Since we can’t control what pops into our brain, we have to learn how to control how we respond to those body sensations and those fearful, fretful, anxious thoughts.
By Trish Freshwater
Attending the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention is an exciting opportunity for chefs all across the country. For those heading to Kansas City, Mo., later this month, they’ll get to hear from a number of leading chefs, including Sodexo’s Chef George Castaneda, an ACF Culinary Team USA member, who will lead a session called “Modern Applications for Ancient Grains” — how to incorporate light, healthy and trendy wholesome ingredients into modern menus.
But perhaps the best thing about the convention is networking among chefs to not only talk about the latest industry trends but hear how some of the best have navigated their careers in the food industry.