Often times, when I speak on the topic of career growth and development, professionals ask me to talk about work-family balance. I don’t believe work-family balance is something you can teach someone. Similar to success as described in my last post, work-family balance can have a different meaning to everyone. I define work-family balance as being able to contribute to both your career and your family in a positive way. The key word in my definition being contribute. Many professionals have to work long hours and don’t get to spend as much time as they would like to with their family. Some professionals adjust their schedules so they still get their work in, but also get to spend time with their families on their terms. The bottom line is if you wish to achieve this balance, you have to make an effort to do so. It’s easy to say, I have to work all of these hours to support my family. My opinion is, what’s the point of supporting them if you can’t spend time with them? I am not saying it’s easy, in fact most times it’s not, but if you decide to bring more balance to your life you absolutely can. Among other changes, you can strive to be more productive at work to cut down the number of hours you are there. Yes that may mean giving up Facebook at work or fantasy baseball talk with your co-workers. I guess it just depends how bad you want that balance. What is your definition of work-family balance and how do you strive to achieve it (if you haven’t already)? Photo Credit: Shutterstock

I modified my previous post entitled, “LinkedIn is Sharing Your Private Information With Their Business Partners” based on information I received directly from a LinkedIn representative. Apparently there has been some misunderstanding as to exactly what information is being used in LinkedIn’s social ads and it is NOT private information, it is only information available in your public profile. None-the-less you can still opt-out of your public information being shared in social ads by following this procedure:
  • Hover over the user name in the top right hand corner of any LinkedIn page and click “Settings.”
  • On the Settings page, click “Account.”
  • On the Account tab, click “Manage Social Advertising.”
  • Uncheck the box next to “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.”
  • Click the “Save” button.
Users also may want to opt out of receiving e-mails from LinkedIn advertisers. This setting also allows LinkedIn advertising partners to spam users with promotions during e-mail marketing campaigns if the user follows the brand. To opt out of this setting, click the “E-mail Preferences” tab and click on the “Turn on/off partner InMail” link to locate the check boxes. Feel free to read the entire post from LinkedIn regarding this issue entitled: Privacy, Advertising, and Putting Members First Photo credit: Shutterstock
I guess by writing this post, I am admitting I watch American Idol, and not only do I watch it, but I enjoy it thoroughly. The reason I do is because I enjoy seeing people do what they love to do, especially in such a supportive arena. If corporate professionals followed their dreams like these young adults and even teens are doing on Idol, I believe the world would be a much more positive place. What can American Idol teach us about career advancement? One thing it can teach us is that to be successful, it is important to know who you are and lean on your strengths in whatever you do. One of the contestants, Scotty McCreery, is a country music singer. That is who he is, his voice, his roots, everything about him. In my opinion, American Idol is focused mostly around a pop music theme, and it would be very easy for someone like Scotty to try to sing pop music, specifically some of the more popular hits on the radio right now, to try to gain popularity votes, however he refuses to do that! Every single song he sings is either country, or he sings it in a country music style. He even sang Stevie Wonder’s hit, “For Once in My Life,” with a country twist and everyone loved it. So whether or not you like American Idol, it can teach us a lot about advancing our career. Seventeen year old Scotty McCreery has shown us the following are key elements to success:
  • Know your strengths and utilize them.
  • Stay true to yourself even when there is pressure to change.
  • Be passionate in everything you do.
Being a country music fan myself, I’d like to say thanks for the great music Scotty, and thanks for the career advancement inspiration! Photo credit: Shutterstock