October 12, 2005
News & Opinion: Question For Bosses: "Where Are You Stuck?"
Today's question for all you bosses out there is:
"Where are you stuck?"
This "million-dollar question" comes from Graham Alexander's new book, Tales From the Top.
Many of us have been conditioned to think that the harder we work, the more successful we will be. We have to challenge our inner beliefs with regard to time and work/life balance in order to make lasting changes.
I think Graham presents both an interesting question and answer. This past summer I spent some time in Europe and conversed with many different travellers from around the world. (It was great!) I learned something from each new encounter--from the location of the local art gallery to a new perspective on the latest current event.
One Austrailian guy and I spoke a lot about careers and life in general. He was an experienced web-designer, photographer, animal breeder and a lot of other things. We discussed how Americans view their jobs and how many Americans are encouraged to put 60-80 hours into their careers. For some Americans, career = life.
Even now, a question asked by the Austrailian still sticks in my mind, "Is your career your life or merely part of it?"
So where does this question fit in with Graham's? Right here: are you stuck in the belief that your career should be the key focus of your life? [Enter your answer here].
As you know from Todd's post yesterday, Boss's Day is this Sunday, October 16. In honor of this special day, we are selling an e-book, Nine Lives of Leadership. Check it out. Stretch your mind.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.