The Great Realignment Part 2

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I think this moment in time is special. Two years of a rolling pandemic–regardless of how the actual virus has touched your life–affords a really interesting lens through which to take a hard look at our lives and assess.
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I am not about to either judge or tell you how to live in relationship to C19–these are personal decisions everyone must make for themselves. But I am encouraging everyone to take this extraordinary and rare moment to take stock and make some changes.
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This is why I am a big fan of calling this time The Great Realignment.
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I don’t believe that people are just quitting jobs, quitting cities, ditching obligations willy nilly, I believe people are really examining the ways in which their lives changed over the course of the past 2 years, and are trying to keep changes they have grown to love intact.
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The whole return to office conversation is a great example. We’ve seen so clearly how unnecessary it is to continue full steam ahead with a particular way of doing business, when there are so many permutations that are more efficient and more comfortable.

There are better options that support working humans in being more effective and efficient and fulfilled and HAPPY at work.
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I for one, am a big fan of the hybrid approach to in-person working, an ideal situation where there are set collaboration days, and otherwise people can choose to work from the office or from home. Allowing people to make the best choices for their work life, so that their home and work lives support each other, just makes good sense to me.
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Fulfilled employees = productive employees. Giving employees agency over schedule = loyal employees.
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And though I have worked for myself and from home for many years, as someone who used to live in Los Angeles and was tied to my car for commuting and more, I get it. I used to spend hours a day in traffic, and I knew even then that—for me—it was wasted time and energy. As soon as I could figure out how to be my own boss and to dictate my time myself, I did it.
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I’m always a believer that the time to design your life is NOW. This particular now, the 2022 now, feels like quite the optimum moment. Honestly, if you’re not going to take a moment around the 2 year anniversary of a virus upending how we live to take the time to consider what MORE is POSSIBLE for you and your life, when will you?
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Never. And that’s the truth.
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I know that this realignment to find our individual new life blends requires us to slow down and look within. And I know that feels daunting. But this is one of those cases where slowing down for a moment can actually accelerate us towards what we genuinely want for this one life we get.
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Living in alignment is worth the pause.
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