It’s Friday! I’m quite ready to start Christmas break, which we will officially begin on the 24th. There may be a 10-hour car trip involved at some point. The folks at my OB office said I need to stop and walk every 2 hours. Since I’m not sure I’d make it 2 hours between bathroom stops, this shouldn’t be a problem.
I’m working on two pieces right now that I’d love some more sources for. First, on loyalty. People change jobs a lot these days, and move in and out of self-employment. Loyalty is now more to people than institutions. I’d love some stories of people who’ve worked together in multiple situations, and how they’ve managed that relationship over time as companies and employment situations have changed.
[As a side note, this happens to me all the time. I’ve worked with some editors at multiple publications, and written about the same people I find fascinating for multiple publications too.]
Second, I’m writing about lessons learned from tracking time. If you’ve ever kept a time log, and learned something fascinating that you’re willing to share, please let me know! As always you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com (or post here).
I have a column in today’s USA Today called “How Churches Can Attract Younger People.” Especially around the holidays, houses of worship see new faces in the pews. Here’s how to increase the chances that millennials stick around.
I wrote a column for Fortune’s website earlier this week called “Is It Time To Stop Asking Female CEOs How They Balance?” It’s tied to the impending arrival of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s 5th baby. My answer: asking this question probably is sexist, but it’s also fascinating. Those of us trying to navigate our own balancing acts have much to learn from how high-powered women make it work. Heck, that’s what my next book is all about!
At Fast Company, I have a piece on “How To Score A Promotion Even When You Work From Home,” based on the experiences of people who’ve done it. A number of studies have found that out-of-sight kind of is out-of-mind, but that reality is not insurmountable.
In other news: A few weeks ago, Forbes ran a story on the morning routines of 12 women leaders. The first one featured intense early AM yoga and steamed spinach served to small children, which was more than the editors at The Federalist could take. They ran a story on the morning habits of 10 more extraordinary women, which was pretty funny. There were no green smoothies. Only the tragic observation that you have to make the coffee before you can drink the coffee. Life is cruel that way.
Photo: Not my tree. I wish.