Chapter Six. What People Do

Erv Thomas' Story

Author Erv Thomas knows the importance of task balance firsthand. Not understanding it cost him a performance review and a setback in his career.

Erv was a designer who had never been afraid of an impossible puzzle. Over many years he had become known for his skill in solving complex problems. Eventually, he was offered a senior position. This excited him; it involved more responsibility, new challenges, and the chance to work on some of the most important products in his company. His career seemed to have switched into high gear.

For his first few years in the new group, he could feel the fast track. Erv won awards, got raises, and had a lot of fun! He had the freedom to explore new solutions to ...

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