Mon, 31 March 2008
-Secrets to Family business success
-Too little time to read Business books?
-Take a Workaholic Self-Test!
Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm the show host and blog writer, Laura Adams.
MBA Essential Tip:
Americans as a whole could certainly be considered Workaholics when compared to many other countries. We tend to take pride in working hard, sometimes to a dangerous extreme. I've heard that as many as 40 percent of workers don't take the vacation time they've earned because they're afraid they won't have a job to come back to! Corporate cut-backs and consolidations further enhance employees' fears.
Whether the reason for obsessive working is our 24/7 connected technology, financial goals, materialistic dreams, or an intense love of what we do, there can be serious side effects. We all must block out sacred personal time for whatever can divert our minds from thinking about work. Consider hobbies, volunteering, exercise - anything that gets you completely away from everything work related.
And the irony is that getting away from your work, can actually make you more effective when you get back to it!
"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth." -Bonnie Friedman
In this show, I give you a secret weapon to read all those business books that have been calling you. It's Soundview Executive Book Summaries. Check it out for yourself or as a gift for anyone who wants condensed business education - short and sweet is good!
Soundview pioneered the concept of outlining key concepts of the year's best, cutting-edge business books. You can download formats for viewing or listening on your computer, Palm device, Pocket PC, portable media player or CD. Really brilliant.
The first segment in this episode was inspired by a recent article in Inc. Magazine by author Adam Bluestein, titled "The Success Gene". He takes a look at some very successful family businesses to understand why they have been able to beat the odds.
I also give you a fun test to see if you're a Type A-Workaholic (like me)! And suggest some ways to make sure you stay balanced.
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Thanks for listening & reading -
Do Good Work, Laura
Direct download: MBA_WGP_43_-_Time_is_a_Form_of_Wealth.mp3
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