Archive for October, 2007

Congress Perpetuates Outdated “Face Time” Culture

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Congress Perpetuates Outdated “Face Time” Culture

The headline in the New York Times over the weekend (10/27/07) screamed, “Democrats Plan a Shorter Workweek,” but are they really? It depends upon whether you analyze last week’s announcement by the House leadership through the traditional presence=performance “face time” lens, or a more progressive “it’s about working differently, not less,” flexibility lens.

Last week the Democratic house leadership announced that “the House would not be in session on Fridays, except in June for work on appropriations bills.” The intention, according to Representative Steny Hoyer (D) was to, “have more time for members to work in their districts and be close to their families.” He conceded that the previous 10-months of “Marathon days and weeks in Washington…had taken a toll, especially on lawmakers who must travel long distances home and who have small children.”

Immediately the response from the other side of the aisle was, “Changing the schedule was an example of Democrats breaking promises, ‘They said five-day weeks.’”

Cali’s Fast Company Blog Goes Live…and Other Cool Happenings

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“Summer Blowback”

While it may seem like I fell off the face of the earth for the past month, in fact I’ve been busy experiencing “summer blowback.” In other words, I’ve been doing all of the things I agreed to do this summer while dealing with my mom’s illness and death without thinking clearly about just how much I’d committed to! Thus the term, “summer blowback.” Lesson learned for the future. However, interestingly I’ve met other people who are dealing with their own version of summer blowback during the last two weeks of September through early October but for different reasons. Are you experiencing “summer blowback?” Let me know!

I may not have blogged in a couple of weeks, but a lot has been happening such as…

My New Fast Company Blog Goes Live!

My new weekly Work+Life “Fit,” Not Balance blog for Fast Company went live this week! My intention is to blog here and for Fast Company once a week and cross-link to both. I knew Fast Company would be a great partner to spread the work+life “fit” message back in October, 2004 when Keith Hammonds interviewed me for his provocative and controversial “Balance is Bunk,” article, so check it out.