Who says you can’t have it all? Why can’t you be a big success in your career and also live a happy and fulfilling life? It’s a debate that’s been raging lately, with Anne-Marie Slaughter writing about how her high-profile government “dream job” didn’t jibe with her family life, and then Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer announcing she’ll return to work just three weeks after her baby is born. Rather than join the fray, Patty Azzarello, who was Hewlett-Packard’s youngest general manager at age 33, is sharing her tools and advice for achieving career success without abandoning your life in her new book Rise.
If you are smart, driven and willing to change, then small differences in the way you approach work can make a huge impact on the outcome of your career, says Azzarello. And outcome is important, because as Azzarello reiterates throughout the book, no one cares how hard you work or how many hours you put in. What matters are results. And most of us will find, according to Azzarello’s guidelines, we are probably working too hard for the results we are generating.
Through three simple steps – Do Better, Look Better and Connect Better – Azzarello outlines a method to develop a career and life that work for you. The exciting part about this is that one of the main steps in the Do Better section is to “be less busy.”
Azzarello explains that by stopping for two hours to think about what you are doing and see how it can be done better, you are likely to save five hours worth of working time. By saving time and prioritizing your tasks effectively you are now able to DO so much more – and not just do in the office.
With more time, you are able to spend more time with family or go on vacation, which raises your happiness and standard of living. You suddenly have the time to connect with others, both new and old acquaintances. Your head is no longer buried in paperwork or a book, but rather in understanding the big picture and how you can use your time and talents most effectively.
All of Azzarello’s steps work in a cycle, giving you even more time to think, see the big picture, sweat the small stuff a little less and create a better work environment for yourself and those around you. This is what divides the successful from the not, Azzarello asserts.
Azzarello’s book mirrors her philosophy with its easily digestible chapters optimized with helpful hints and tools. Whether you are just starting your career or are already the CEO of the company, Rise is an enlightening read on what separates the successful from everyone else.
For more of Patty Azzarello’s business tips, check her blog.