For the first 10 years of my career, I had the good fortune of aligning my need for change with the type of work I did.
As a military brat, I’m used to moving around a lot, which can be problematic if that spills over into the work environment. Unless you get into project management, which I did. There was always something new around every corner, and it played right into my need for constant change.
Or at least, that’s what I thought. When I joined my current company and started managing systems development projects, I quickly found myself on multi-year initiatives, where my next “accomplishment” might be months or years out.
As leaders, we try to be supportive and transparent with high integrity. Even with the best intentions, however, we can easily fall into the hypocrisy trap when it comes to work life balance.
We have all heard that happy, well-balanced employees are more engaged and productive.
So why are we the first ones to work late, send emails at 3am or check in while on vacation?
Yesterday, we closed on our old house and our new one. We’ve been living in the new pad for 2 1/2 months, but it finally felt like home once those papers were signed. Sometimes a contract does make things feel more real.
Not long after, I was asked what I learned from this whole ordeal. Yesterday, all I wanted to do was be happy and enjoy the feeling of relief that it was all behind us. Today, I’ll consider what it has all meant.
As I mentioned a while back, we recently moved to a new home. It was the day before we were supposed to close and everything was lined up – supposedly little risk.
Within hours, everything fell apart. We lost our buyers and found ourselves in the middle of a dilemma. Do we move back to the house we own or stay in the house we love with great schools, neighbors and friends for our son?
While we wanted to believe that things would work out, six weeks in, there was no change. We were sitting on an empty house that wasn’t moving, though everyone told us it should “any day now.”
How long do you trust that fortunes will go your way before you either give up or make something happen?
Are you a social butterfly or someone that can walk into any room and feel comfortable engaging new people? That’s great. Congratulations. I want to thank you for stopping by, but you can stop reading now. Really.
Okay, still with me? Then maybe you’re more like me…not exactly sure how to navigate a room full of strangers. If that’s the case, then please read on.