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Realize Vienna Waits

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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The last few weeks have been hectic with deadlines at work and back-to-school at home. As I rush from yet another work meeting to transport one of my children from school to practice, I catch a few lines of Billy Joels ' Vienna on the radio. It was not the first time in my life that words struck deep: slow down, You crazy child-Youre so ambitious for a juvenile But then if youre so smart, then tell me-Why are you still so afraid? As one of my favorite songs, lyrics of Vienna serve as an important reminder to me. From the onset of my career, I was certain of the formula for succeed right job, advanced degree, next promotion. I took off in my career at dead sprint. I was eager to please and driven to succeed. Formula extended to my personal life as well, as I was certain that a beautiful wife, two kids, and a house on the cul-de-sac would consummate my success and happiness. But if I had it all figured out, why was I so stressed and exhaust? Why was I still so afraid? Where is the fire, what is the hurry about? Youd better cool it off before you burn it out. Youve get so much to do-And only so many hours in day. In perpetual haste of life, when do you pause? Are you ever truly present to blessings of your life? Do you take time to experience joy? And at work, how often do you put aside urgent for strategic? In your constant rush, are you ever truly efficient? Worse yet, do you sacrifice your core values to meet your next deadline? What is the impact on your relationships, your health, your joy? Are you burnt out? Slow down, You crazy child and take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile It all right, You can afford to lose a day or two. At CEEK, we recognize that a healthy and engaged workforce is key to sustained, long-term success personally and organizationally. Weve incorporated Billy Joels advice into the fabric of life at CEEK. Our staff set aside Analog Time as part of their daily work schedules. This time is theirs to disconnect, pause, reflect, and rejuvenate in whatever manner works for them. We gather weekly to remind ourselves who we are and why we are doing what we do. We engage in monthly wellness challenges to pursue mental, physical, and spiritual health. And we expect our colleagues to truly unplug from work and reconnect with themselves and loved ones during annual vacations. I encourage you to take time to pause amidst chaos of your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly work and life schedule. Remind yourself that Youre Only Human-another great song by Billy Joel. And if you are leader of your organization, promote a culture that manages this tension well.

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