The end of the year is always a time of reflection – and appropriately, I’ve been thinking… Thinking about the mess that so many business leaders have made of their companies—from the slow-motion withering of General Electric, the management darling of the Industrial Economy, to the overnight implosion of WeWork, the once-celebrated icon of the New Economy. How did so many smart people do so many stupid things?
This blog has nothing to do with the speaking industry – but then again, it kind of does. The reaction was so positive for my blog about the stand-up desk a few months ago, I thought I'd share something else that's been really useful for me. The events business is pretty demanding. Event planners I know have long hours and uncertain schedules that sometimes make it hard to find the time/motivation to make dinner. I like to cook. I find the whole process – washing, chopping, sautéing, etc. – relaxing. And the smells can be fabulous and help ease the pressures of the day. But finding the time can be an issue.
A SIMPLE CHANGE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE It’s not every day you can make a simple change that has an enormous impact on the way you feel and the way you work. At the end of 2016 I did just that. I bought a stand-up desk. Of all the healthy workplace ideas I've tried, this has made the greatest difference. Like so many people, I spend my days sitting in front of a computer. In my case I’m booking speakers for events -- communicating all day with event planners, agents from bureaus, and my speaking clients. I'm a morning person – I start around 5:00 AM with a computer in my lap – sitting on my office couch with a coffee. I move to my desk around 7:30 and stay there pretty much all day – winding up my day at around 6:00 PM. That's a lot of sitting - and I've been working like that a long time.