President, The Osborne Group, Inc.
In today’s world, it’s a badge of honor to say, “I’m busy, busy, busy,” like the actor in the Angie’s List commercial. We’re proud of our crazy lives.
That is one side of the coin.
On the other side, we are working ten hour days, neglecting our health or families or friends or passions, trying to make it all happen, be successful and still have a life. Many of our jobs require evening and weekend work. As managers, we really have it tough. What messages are we sending to our teams when they receive emails from us at midnight? “But that was the only time I could send it.” Our staff members take cues from us. Working weekends, last one out the door at night, not setting priorities.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal talked about the “pass” those with children often receive. Flex time, understanding about having to leave early for a soccer match. Does taking care of a sick mother count? How about taking a graduate class? Who has to take up the slack so moms and dads get extra time? Does grand-parenting make the cut?
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