Life Is a Mashup
Stop looking for work/life balance
and get a life instead

An e-booklet by Eryc Eyl, ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all ...
Disclaimer
The information contained in this guide is for informational purposes only.
I am not a lawyer or an accountant ...
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: What the Freelance Hellraiser can teach us about work/life balance

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Chapter 2: Craft a ...
Chapter 1: What the Freelance Hellraiser
can teach us about work/life balance

Unless you've been living under a rock for ...
When you think about it, it's a lot like life – or how life could be. When we stop talking
about work-life balance and fle...
Kerr slapped the bubblegum pop vocal from Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" over
the instrumental tracks from the S...
"OK," you say, "That was fun, but what the heck does this have to do with my job?"
I'm glad you asked. As it turns out, it...
Creating a mashup — whether your medium is music, video, software or your life —
involves three key phases:
1.

Vision — Y...
Chapter 2: Craft a vision for your
life mashup with Danger Mouse
image by musicisentropy, used under Creative Commons lice...
While the Freelance Hellraiser really got the ball of 21st-century mashups rolling with "A
Stroke of Genie-us" in 2001, th...
The stunning results and runaway
popularity of The Grey Album led Burton
to producing an album for the Gorillaz, to
creati...
Maybe it was simply something he thought was funny (e.g., black + white = grey) or
maybe it was something deeper (Jay-Z's ...
As you start crafting that vision for your life mashup, use these questions to guide you:

•	

Which domains of your life ...
Chapter 3: Make your life a mashup with GirlT
alk
All right. We've talked a little about WHY you might want to make your l...
Like most people, I first encountered the work of Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, with the
Night Ripper album in 2006. The...
As you can see – you did watch the clip, right? – Gillis's
approach to mashups is visionary, precise and biased
toward act...
There's one other interesting biographical
fact about Girl Talk that's worth noting for
beyond your reach, who think that ...
Moving from the Freelance Hellraiser to Danger Mouse to Girl Talk is a bit like moving
from motor scooter to land speeder ...
Chapter 4: Fine-tune your
life mashup with Wax Audio

Have you ever been asked by a boss or manager or coworker to
leave y...
When we don't make the personal professional
opportunity to reduce stress, feel whole and do
greater good in the world. In...
Wait a minute! Britney vs. Wu-Tang sucked? How can that be? That sounds amazing! Well,
the trouble was that many of these ...
Yep. You've just been Waxed! Can you see
and hear how Compagnoni cut, caressed,
cuddled, coaxed and cajoled all those
elem...
The most significant thing we can learn
from Wax Audio is that — contrary to
what Tom Petty might've taught us —
the fine-...
Letterpress posters by artist Anthony Burrill. All copyrights retained by the artist.

When you put together your own life...
Chapter 5: Put an end to work/life balance
It’s time to stop looking for work/life balance.
It’s time to stop talking abou...
At no other time in history have we had so many simultaneous demands on our time,
energy and attention. Our caveman brains...
We all have the responsibility to maximize the contributions we make to the world. We
must bring our whole selves — all th...
Incomplete acknowledgements
There are no new ideas, only new combinations of ideas. The ideas expressed in this e-booklet ...
Life Is a Mashup

Stop looking for work/life balance and get a life instead

FIN

An e-booklet by Eryc Eyl, ©2013 Eryc Eyl...
Meet Eryc Eyl
I was fired from my first job.
Since then, two decades of success and happiness in the corporate world have
ta...
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  1. 1. Life Is a Mashup Stop looking for work/life balance and get a life instead An e-booklet by Eryc Eyl, ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted image by dmarklaing, used under Creative Commons license
  2. 2. Disclaimer The information contained in this guide is for informational purposes only. I am not a lawyer or an accountant or a licensed therapist or a professional video game player or a competitive eater. Any advice I give is my opinion, based on my own experience. You should always seek the advice of a professional and do some serious soul searching before acting on something I publish or recommend. The material in this guide may include information, products or services by third parties. These contain products and opinions expressed by their owners. As such, I do not assume responsibility or liability for any third-party material or opinions. Publication of such third-party material is simply a recommendation and an expression of my own opinion of that material. No part of this publication shall be reproduced, transmitted, or sold in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written consent of the author. All trademarks and registered trademarks appearing in this guide are the property of their respective owners. Users of this guide are advised to do their own due diligence when it comes to making business and career decisions and all information, products, services that have been provided should be independently verified by your own qualified professionals. By reading this guide, you agree that neither I nor my company is responsible for your success or failure relating to any information presented in this guide. You’re the boss of you. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted
  3. 3. Table of Contents • Chapter 1: What the Freelance Hellraiser can teach us about work/life balance • Chapter 2: Craft a vision for your life mashup with Danger Mouse • Chapter 3: Make your life a mashup with Girl Talk • Chapter 4: Fine-tune your life mashup with Wax Audio • Chapter 5: Put an end to work/life balance • Incomplete acknowledgements • Author’s biography ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted photo by Renee Comet, in the public domain
  4. 4. Chapter 1: What the Freelance Hellraiser can teach us about work/life balance Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 15 years or so – and it's totally cool if you have – you've probably encountered the term "mashup" in some context. Whether you're talking about music, video, literature, software or a scene from Glee, you know that a mashup results from combining material from two or more sources to create something that is simultaneously 100% derivative and 100% original. image by Hannes Kinnunen, used under Creative Commons license Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 4
  5. 5. When you think about it, it's a lot like life – or how life could be. When we stop talking about work-life balance and flexible work arrangements and all those attempts to reconcile apparently competing forces, we might realize that the competition is artificial. Instead of pitting the domains of our lives against one another, we can create something new – 100% derivative and 100% original — and life can be a mashup. _______________________________________________________________________________ While mashups have a history that reaches far back into the 20th century, the contemporary form we've gotten used to probably got its popular boost in 2001, when a British producer named Roy Kerr released "A Stroke of Genie-us" under his nom-demash, Freelance Hellraiser. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 5
  6. 6. Kerr slapped the bubblegum pop vocal from Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" over the instrumental tracks from the Strokes' neo-garage single "Hard to Explain." The two very different tunes worked surprisingly well together, and the result was unexpectedly awesome. Somehow, this strange combination brought out the best in both of the sources (to be totally honest, I hated the Xtina original), while also creating a brand new song that, on its own merit, was called "the song that defines the decade" by the If you’re not familiar with “A Stroke of Genie-us,” do yourself a favor – give it a listen by clicking the image to the right (internet access required) before you read on. You’ll be glad you did. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Guardian UK's Dorian Lynskey. 6
  7. 7. "OK," you say, "That was fun, but what the heck does this have to do with my job?" I'm glad you asked. As it turns out, it has a LOT to do with it. Given the increasing busyness of our lives, the technologically aided dissolution of barriers between personal time and professional time, and the stressful fragments of our selves that never seem to get together, recognizing that life is a mashup just might be critical to your survival. When your life is a mashup, things can get really fun. When you start thinking about how your Texas Hold 'Em habit can help you in your job as a product manager, or how your experience in corporate finance can help you get that recycling program off the ground in your community, you also stop thinking about work-life balance. You stop thinking about tradeoffs — sacrificing in one domain to benefit the other — and start thinking about how you can make gains in two or more domains at the same time. You feel less stressed, happier and healthier. You bring your whole self to work, to church, to your daughter’s soccer game, to the neighborhood meeting and to your relationships. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 7
  8. 8. Creating a mashup — whether your medium is music, video, software or your life — involves three key phases: 1. Vision — You begin by seeing that seemingly unrelated sources just might fit together productively. ge b y Tk gd2 007 , us ed u 2. nde r Cre ativ eC Execution — You courageously take steps to omm bring those sources closer together. ons l icen se 3. Fine-tuning — You make adjustments to your sources until they create a harmonious new whole. In this booklet, we'll take an in-depth look at vision, execution and fine-tuning to learn how you can bring together the domains of your life — family, hobbies, work, spirituality, community, friendship, romance, volunteerism — in a way that benefits ALL of them and turns your life into a mashup. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted ima 8
  9. 9. Chapter 2: Craft a vision for your life mashup with Danger Mouse image by musicisentropy, used under Creative Commons license In music, a mashup transforms two or more existing audio sources into a totally original creation. Sometimes, the creation doesn't quite work. Sometimes, it works and makes you think about the sources in new and different ways. And sometimes, it's even better than the originals and becomes your favorite song. In life, a mashup transforms two or more parts of your life — work, family, community, spirituality, hobbies, interests — into a totally original and unified creation that is more than the sum of its parts and, at its best, also makes each of the parts better. But creating a life mashup isn't easy. In this chapter, we'll dig into the first step – envisioning the mashup. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 9
  10. 10. While the Freelance Hellraiser really got the ball of 21st-century mashups rolling with "A Stroke of Genie-us" in 2001, the artist who brought the art form into the mainstream was Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton and The Grey Album. without any musical accompaniment) from his seminal Black Album, encouraging producers and remixers to play around with them, and Danger Mouse took him up on it. Rather than simply dropping Jay-Z's vocals on top of existing beats (as some very talented folks did with projects like Jay-Zeezer [Jay-Z vs. Weezer] and Jaydiohead [Jay-Z vs. Radiohead]), Danger Mouse chopped and spliced various samples from the Beatles' White Album to create new-but-familiar musical homes for Hova's lyrics to nestle into. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted In a visionary business move, rapper Jay-Z released all the a capella tracks (i.e., the vocals 10
  11. 11. The stunning results and runaway popularity of The Grey Album led Burton to producing an album for the Gorillaz, to creating the enormously popular group Gnarls Barkley with Cee-Lo Green, and to collaborating with Shins frontman, James Mercer, in Broken Bells. Check out a track from The Grey Album for yourself by clicking the image to the right (internet access required) before you read the rest of this chapter. Now, I don't know what Brian Burton's thought process was, but I know this — before he ever got started on this project, he had to have a vision. He had to have been a lover of the Beatles — or, at least, he had to have known the White Album pretty darned well — and he had to have thought, when he heard Jay-Z's album, "Hey, you know what would be great?" ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 11
  12. 12. Maybe it was simply something he thought was funny (e.g., black + white = grey) or maybe it was something deeper (Jay-Z's take on the black experience in 21st-century America is all-the-more poignant set against one of the most important British rock-n-roll records). The specifics of Danger Mouse's vision almost don't matter, at least for our purposes. What matters is that he had a vision. He had the inspiration to try uniting one of the titans derivative and 100 % original. So what's your vision? Do you want to figure out how to use your corporate procurement experience to make your kid's 4H club more successful? Do you want to mash up your passion for judo with your new role as a supervisor? Again, the specifics almost don't matter. What matters is that you have a vision. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. image by DaveOnFlickr, used under Creative Commons license of the British invasion with one of the titans of hip-hop to create something 100 % 12
  13. 13. As you start crafting that vision for your life mashup, use these questions to guide you: • Which domains of your life are you keeping separate? • What parts of your home self are you hiding at work? • What parts of your work self are you missing at home? • Are their domains of your life in which you’re giving more than you’re getting? o or domains where you’re getting more than you’re giving? • Are there areas in which you simply want to give — or get — more? •How can you find win-win-win-win-win opportunities to improve multiple areas of your image by Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY., used under Creative Commons license life instead of trading dissatisfaction in one domain for satisfaction in another? Start formulating that vision of how your life can be a mashup. In the next chapter, we'll take on the next critical step — execution. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 13
  14. 14. Chapter 3: Make your life a mashup with GirlT alk All right. We've talked a little about WHY you might want to make your life a mashup — because you want a blend, not balance — and we've talked about creating a VISION for that mashup (e.g., figuring out how your strengths as a lawn bowler can be brought to the board room). Now, we have to take a leap, mashing up the domains of our lives that we've previously kept separate into a wholly derivative, wholly original, wholly holy whole. It's time to quit the jibber-jabber and get to work, my friends! And I can't think of anyone better qualified to help us with that than Girl Talk. Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, photo by drivenbyboredom, used under Creative Commons license Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 14
  15. 15. Like most people, I first encountered the work of Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, with the Night Ripper album in 2006. The remarkable thing about Girl Talk is his ability to create complex mashups from multiple sources, leaving some sources more or less intact, while chopping others up until they're nearly unrecognizable. Check out this clip — taken from the documentary RiP: A Remix Manifesto — for a taste of his skill within the mashup art form and his willingness to experiment with a mashup until it sounds right (you’ll have be connected to the internet for this to work). ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 15
  16. 16. As you can see – you did watch the clip, right? – Gillis's approach to mashups is visionary, precise and biased toward action. First, he has to have a vision, which might image by Jeffrey B, used under Creative Commons license come in the form of a question: Will Elvis Costello's "Radio" make an interesting percussive element when combined with CeCe Peniston’s “Finally” and a few other audio odds and ends? It’s a unique and bizarre vision that perhaps only he could have crafted. Then, with surgical precision ("...I put .25 seconds of it there and then .125 seconds there...") and an experimental, let'ssee-what-happens mindset, Gillis leaps into action, editing audio in one software program, pasting it into another and then layering other elements on top of it. Right before our eyes, in a 3-minute video clip, Gillis deftly creates a wholly derivative and wholly original composition — all while his female companion tries to sleep. Poor girl. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 16
  17. 17. There's one other interesting biographical fact about Girl Talk that's worth noting for beyond your reach, who think that you can't possible draw anything from your personal life into your professional life or vice versa. Ready? Here it is. Gregg Gillis produced Night Ripper while also working a demanding professional job image courtesy of Wikipedia, in the public domain those of you who feel like a life mashup is by day as a biomedical engineer. Food for life-mashing thought. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 17
  18. 18. Moving from the Freelance Hellraiser to Danger Mouse to Girl Talk is a bit like moving from motor scooter to land speeder to jet pack: they all provide uniquely cool experiences, and none is better than the others, but the leap from one to the next requires paradigmatic shifts in thinking. Only you can decide whether your life mashup is more like a motor scooter (which, itself is pack (rocket vs. fashionable vest) — and those are far from the only options. What matters is that — like Girl Talk — you embrace your bizarre vision and leap into action. Is the mashup we see Gregg Gillis create live perfect? No. Far from it. But he fearlessly made the leap -- while still in bed! – into creation, and now he can proceed to step 3: fine tuning. Before you can fine tune, you have to do something different. What about you? Are you ready for the next step? ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted a mashup of motorcycle and scooter) or a land speeder (motorcycle vs. hovercraft) or a jet Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 18
  19. 19. Chapter 4: Fine-tune your life mashup with Wax Audio Have you ever been asked by a boss or manager or coworker to leave your personal life/family issues/marital problems at home? If you're like most workers, the answer is yes. On the other hand, have you ever been asked by a boss or a manager or coworker to leave your professional life/work issues/project problems at work? If you're like most workers, the answer is no. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 19
  20. 20. When we don't make the personal professional opportunity to reduce stress, feel whole and do greater good in the world. Instead of figuring out how to draw boundaries or create that ever-elusive image via ToolBoxTalks and the professional personal, we miss an balance, we can make life mashups and achieve more in more parts of our lives. strengths and skills from family, community, work and other domains of your life. You've then put together a life mashup that brings these things together. Now it's time to get it right. Some DJs and music lovers hate mashups, and with good reason. After they were popularized by folks like Freelance Hellraiser, every DJ with two turntables or a laptop was slapping a Britney Spears vocal over a Wu-Tang beat, or vice versa. Suddenly, mashups were everywhere — and most of them sucked. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted And that’s why you're here! You've envisioned ways to mash up experiences, expertise, Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 20
  21. 21. Wait a minute! Britney vs. Wu-Tang sucked? How can that be? That sounds amazing! Well, the trouble was that many of these would-be mashup artists weren't fine-tuning their mixes. They didn't bother to make sure the rhythms matched, that the tempos were compatible, or even that the songs were in the same key. A good mashup should bring two or more sources together in a fresh, surprising and harmonious whole, but many of these quickie creations were utterly cacophonous. One mashup producer who really understands finetuning is Wax Audio, a.k.a. Tom Compagnoni. This artist deftly and gracefully brings together a number of surprising elements, and then carefully tweaks, turns, twists and tunes them until they form a cohesive whole. Best of all, his mashups are so finely tuned that the final product stands on its own merits, never drawing undue attention to the hours of work and attention it must take to create them. For example, click on the one to the left. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 21
  22. 22. Yep. You've just been Waxed! Can you see and hear how Compagnoni cut, caressed, cuddled, coaxed and cajoled all those elements together? Can you see and hear how the result is wholly derivative, wholly original and almost unholy in its awesomeness? As an aside, it's probably worth mentioning that Compagnoni also manages the video department for the Australian Associated Press. Do you think his life is a mashup? You better believe it! So what can we learn from Wax Audio that will help us with our own life mashups? ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted image by Lucky Louie, used under Creative Commons license Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 22
  23. 23. The most significant thing we can learn from Wax Audio is that — contrary to what Tom Petty might've taught us — the fine-tuning is the hardest part. Was it difficult for Wax Audio to envision a mashup that included Van Halen, New Order, Duran Duran, Tears For Fears and Madonna? Sure. But not nearly as difficult as it was to actually put all those sources together. In turn, putting it together was probably oodles easier than making sure the image by liza31337, used under Creative Commons license pieces actually fit together in rhythm, tempo, key and color. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Life Is A Mashup 23
  24. 24. Letterpress posters by artist Anthony Burrill. All copyrights retained by the artist. When you put together your own life mashup — for example, bringing what you've learned in your years as a triathlete to your job as an IT project manager — the fine-tuning will be the hardest part. Not everything from last week's triathlon is relevant to that ERP implementation you're working on. Some of the things that are relevant — let's say, for example, how to pace yourself so that you reach the finish line — will need to be tuned, tweaked and twisted so that you and your coworkers can apply them to the project plan. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 24
  25. 25. Chapter 5: Put an end to work/life balance It’s time to stop looking for work/life balance. It’s time to stop talking about opting out, leaning in and doubling down. In reality, we all know that work is an integral, important and imposing aspect of our dynamic, multidimensional and difficult lives. And balance is the wrong metaphor. It suggests a zero-sum game of trade-offs and compromises. If we want more out of life, the metaphor seems to imply, we need to do less work, or vice versa. And we know this just isn’t true. We need to stop looking for work/life balance — and get a life instead. image by winnifredxoxo, used under Creative Commons license ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted Work/life is a false dichotomy that implies some separation of the two. Life Is A Mashup 25
  26. 26. At no other time in history have we had so many simultaneous demands on our time, energy and attention. Our caveman brains fly into a tizzy when our smartphones buzz. We can’t possibly keep track separately of all the things we care about — friends, family, coworkers, boss, donuts — and still give them the attention they deserve and get what we need from them. So we have to make life a mashup. We have to find ways to smoosh all those things together in ways that are mutually beneficial. And we can do it in three steps: 1. Vision — We see that seemingly unrelated life domains just might be made overlap, nest or fit together productively. 2. Execution — We courageously take steps to alter our lives so that we can bring those domains closer together. 3. Fine-tuning — We make careful adjustments to those domains of our lives and the ways in which they are mashed up until they create an awesome mashup that isn’t in balance, but is in harmony. Keep your head and your heart while keeping your job. 26
  27. 27. We all have the responsibility to maximize the contributions we make to the world. We must bring our whole selves — all the spiritual, professional, family-oriented, communityserving, passionate and weird things that make us who uniquely who we are — to every important task. This is true whether we’re at work or at play, in the board room or in the bedroom. Instead of attempting to draw thicker lines between the various domains of our lives, we need to start thinking of those domains as overlapping, interacting, nested and interdependent. The membranes between those domains are increasingly permeable. And if we can envision, create and fine-tune mashups of those domains, the result will be And to that same end, we all have the right to lead integrated, fulfilling and fun lives in which we feel authentic and whole. We have the right to make life a mashup. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted image by , used under Creative Commons license greater satisfaction, greater contributions — and some beautiful music. Life Is A Mashup 27
  28. 28. Incomplete acknowledgements There are no new ideas, only new combinations of ideas. The ideas expressed in this e-booklet are nothing more than a mashup of borrowed thoughts and inspirations from brilliant thinkers and inspiring individuals who have influenced and supported me over the years. Their ideas and love have gone so far inside my brain and heart that I can hardly tell where they end and I begin. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make some attempt to give credit and thanks to the ones I remember: •Mare Trevathan, my amazingly supportive and loving wife who inspires me to do more and be more •Lorraine and Bill Eyl, my relentlessly supportive parents who hardly ever seem embarrassed by me •My Littlest Homey, who is one of the primary reasons I do pretty much everything •Stew Friedman, whose book Total Leadership and practice in work/life integration really helped me solidify the ideas in Life Is A Mashup •...a bunch of other brilliant people: Daniel Pink, Dan Ariely, Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Jim Collins, Jon Acuff, Seth Godin, Paul Tough, Stephen Covey, Tony Schwartz, Ted Coiné, Martin Seligman, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and many others •...a bunch of folks who’ve helped me develop, test and expose these ideas: John Wilker, Terry Cabeen, Pesha Rudnick, John Shippey, Leah Charney and others I’m forgetting •...a bunch of mashup producers: The Freelance Hellraiser, Girl Talk, Wax Audio, KapSlap, DJ Schmolli, lobsterdust, MashMike, A+D, ToToM, dj BC, DJ Magnet, Fissunix, osymyso, Loo & Placido, Marc Johnce, Wick-It the Instigator, White Panda, Young Punx, Electrosound, Karen Skouteris, Go Home Productions, DJ Zebra, DJ Y Alias JY, DJ Prince, DJs From Mars... •...and a bunch of other supportive friends and family: Jennifer Eyl, Maggie Martin, Joseph Logan, John Common, Brett Nickerson, Michael Arrington, Summer Howard, Jessica DeNicola, Lucia De Giovanni, Brian Boucher, Sharon Glassman, Josh Johnson and so many other people I’m incredibly lucky to call friends ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted
  29. 29. Life Is a Mashup Stop looking for work/life balance and get a life instead FIN An e-booklet by Eryc Eyl, ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted
  30. 30. Meet Eryc Eyl I was fired from my first job. Since then, two decades of success and happiness in the corporate world have taught me a lot. As part of my corporate survival strategy, I have invented most of the 15 jobs I have held in corporations. I’ve managed training and development for a division of General Electric (where I became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt), led change management (including acquisition integration) for Level 3, a large telecommunications company, and planted the seeds of a structured change management practice at OtterBox, a rapidly growing consumer goods company – always with unflinching focus on the human aspects of career and business success. And now, I write, speak, coach and consult to help individuals and organizations develop strategies for navigating the seas of change  successfully and happily. Just like you, however, I'm more than just one thing. I'm also a journalist, DJ, husband, father, son, brother and friend from the glorious state of Colorado. While most corporate survival advice focuses on how to climb the ladder or how to jump off it, my mission is to inspire and instruct folks to integrate work with a rich, fulfilling and fun life, and to  help organizations develop and support employees who are dynamic, productive and whole.  I hope you’ve found this e-booklet valuable. I’d love to learn more about you. Introduce yourself by leaving a comment on my blog (and subscribe, if you haven’t already). Shoot me an email. Follow me on Twitter. Whatever you're into. I'd be delighted to hear from you. Until then, keep your head and your heart while keeping your job, and remember — life is a mashup. Read more and get tons of free information at www.ErycEyl.com. ©2013 Eryc Eyl, all rights reserved, except where otherwise noted

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