Minding the Workplace


I’d like to revisit a topic I wrote about in August 2009, the idea that we create a “body of work” in our lives that helps to define who we are and what our contributions are to the world. Here’s what I said back then:

Until recently, I’ve regarded the term “body of work” as being somewhat odd. It refers to an individual’s total output, or at least a substantial part of it. We often hear “body of work” invoked when assessing an individual’s creative, artistic, or athletic endeavors, as in looking at the career of a great musician, writer, or baseball player.

But I’ve come to realize that we all produce our own body of work, even if we are not famous artists or athletes. It may include work we are paid for, but it also may capture our contributions as parents, friends, caregivers, volunteers, and members of…

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