Dec 10, 2009
My middle son Zachary celebrates his 13th birthday later this
month. Just this last week I was talking to a friend of his about
the upcoming milestone. This friend, who is a couple years younger
than Z, remarked, "Man, it seems like we just celebrated his
birthday! Has another year gone by so quickly?"
Ever get that feeling, especially as we get close to the end of another year? How did this year go by so fast?
I had the opportunity to catch up with a close friend over a cup of coffee recently. He remarked that when he looked at the vice president level above him at his company, all he saw was more work, more stress, and less time with his family. Interestingly, he related "Most people at our company look up one level and say, 'You couldn't pay me enough to take that job! Life is too short!'"
Maybe you can relate. Either you're already experiencing that frantic pace or you look at the next level and agree that the price on your life isn't worth pursuing a promotion.
Certainly this reality hurts companies. They are losing leadership potential because they are losing perspective on what it means to allow people to live more balanced lives.
But my concern with this episode isn't your company. It's you. It's my friend, and it's me. How can we take back our life when it seems that the pace of life is taking it from us?
I was discussing this with my friend and colleague Kymme Lightfoot who is a consultant with McGhee Productivity Solutions. McGhee specializes in helping organizations with these very challenges and she hooked me up with partner John Witty. John is the author of Take Back Your Life! (Microsoft Press) and if you are looking for perspective to get a better handle on the demands of work and life, this episode's interview is especially designed for you.
You can learn more about McGhee Productivity Solutions at http://www.mcgheeproductivity.com/.
If you are interested in more information on this topic, here are some potential next steps:
I invite you to join us in 2 weeks when you'll hear my
interview with Bill Duncan. If his name isn't familiar,
chances are his work is if you are a project manager. Bill was the
primary author of the original PMBOK(R) Guide, and we'll talk about
certification beyond just what the Project Management Institute
Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Enjoy the discussion with John!