Monthly Archive
for: ‘October, 2012’

The King, Cinderella, and 168 Hours: Work and Free Space

Just published! In: Prethinking Work: Insights on the Future of Work. Sabina Jeschke, Frank Hees, Anja Richert, Sven Trantow (eds). Vienna: LIT Verlag. I’m writing this at my home office on a snowy February morning. The topic Prethinking work invites me to reflect on the prefix pre, sending my thoughts to previous historical times. And […]

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Changing the culture: a recipe in three parts. Or, the Quota-Frauen-Club

Recently, while working with a group of professional women, we generated a few solutions to increase the number of women role models in German business leadership settings. The ideas are so simple, and so positive, I’d like to share them here. Praise leaders who do things that you like, and be specific about what it […]

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The Time-and-Possessions Equation: or, why hire help?

When we’re not working, are we still working? That is to say, is paid work the only work there is? Of course not. Unpaid work — in the form of caregiving, kinkeeping, and maintaining home, body, and relationships – is essential for life. These tasks tend to be invisible until they come in conflict with […]

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Food for Thought: or, “Eat a balanced intellectual diet.”

How much are food and work connected metaphorically? That’s the topic I’m working on this Sunday morning.  My introductory sociology class, which meets for the first time this week, will hear from me on Tuesday that, just as a healthy food diet includes a variety of foods, a healthy university education includes a variety of […]

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Authentic at work II: We are what we do

We influence our work, clearly. But our work also influences us.  How often do we talk about this fact?  How often do we talk about the question, “What kind of a person will this job turn me into?”  When we counsel young people about their career futures, do we focus on this aspect? What kind […]

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Gardening at (as?) work

Some say raising children is like gardening. Others say tending friendships is like gardening. There are good reasons for these similes. I say that the workplace is like gardening. And here’s why: There are the characters you enjoy: butterflies, good bugs that eat the bad bugs, groundhogs that slurp up slugs so that you can […]

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Are we taken at face value at work? Or is something else going on?

Reflect for a moment: Are you where you want to be in your work life? Do you have the feeling that you’re not taken at face value, that you’re not coming across as you are? Do you have ideas about why that’s happening? Do you have solutions for yourself? The Organization “Women in Business” at […]

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