Every lunchtime, I take 30 minutes of ‘me’ time to listen to interesting talks on TED.com. To be honest, it’s not without a hidden agenda. I’m developing my craft as a speaker and enjoy watching, listening and learning from other speakers.
Given that work-life balance is such a hot topic for me right now (are you joining me Wednesday night to hear about my learnings from my online work-life balance conference?), I decided to see what TED has on this topic.
I came across Nigel Marsh, author of Fat, Forty and Tired and Fit, Fifty and Fired Up. His talk is titled How to make work-life balance work. I must admit that at first, I thought “what can a bloke tell me about work-life balance“. However I am also helping my clients raise their awareness of gender (unconscious) bias so let’s give the man a go.
And I was impressed. He’s eloquent and he’s entertaining. He makes 4 extremely interesting observations. Do listen. It’s just 10 minutes.
These were the snippets that caught my attention:
- “certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young family.“
- “We have to be responsible for setting and enforcing the boundaries that we want in our life.”
- “small things matter“
- “We need to approach balance in a balanced way“
What did you like about what he says about how to make work-life balance work?