While Jim has his treadmill excuse (see October 23 post below), I have my bum knee defense. After a 8-hour conference call (couldn't attend a crucial meeting because of the knee), I turned on Oprah yesterday to give my mind a short break before turning to the email that had stacked up during the day. The guest of honor was Cathie Black author of Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life). Ms. Black is president of Hearst Magazines, and no doubt a very powerful, successful leader. While the Oprah piece was a bit over the top for my taste (it ended with a fashion show), I did find the main point of Ms. Black's book interesting. She refers to her life lesson as a "360-Degree Life" - that is a "blend of professional accomplishments and personal contentment." It's clear that 360-degrees has hit the mainstream...it's not just about circles or feedback anymore!
We all know that work/life balance is tougher today than it has every been. With our always- on-cell-phone-or-BlackBerry corporate culture that prevails today, most leaders continuously struggle with competing expectections and demands on their time. And as Jim and Barry have written, "How you spend your time is the single clearest indicator, especially to other people, about what's important to you."
How did you spend your time today?
Posted by Lisa Shannon