- From this speech: "Work and life are not at odds - the better you are at your job, the better you can be at work; Success at work is very dependent on success in life, and vice-versa."
- Increasingly (and I see this a lot at Google) the separation of work and life is not a function of hours. The 9-to-5 (or even 8-to-8) workday is not the best option any more. Googlers are able to run errands early in the morning if they need to, pick up their kids in the evening and finish up work late at night. It seems to be the norm more and more (though I'm still fighting this!:)) and seems very work-able for everyone involved.
- People's personal and work life are more and more intertwined, and that's a good thing.
My wife had the following experience yesterday on her ride back home. She got on the train and found a seat. The train was unusually crowded and it looked a lot of people had to stand for a long ride. An elderly Asian gentleman carrying a few things in both hands, was looking for spot, started to complain smilingly about the train being so full and stood in the aisle at the back of the carriage some seats away from her.
She expected someone closer to gentleman in the aisle (lots of younger people on the train) to give him their seat.
No one did.
The train started, and it was clear the man was having a lot of trouble standing up. Then at the next stop there was actually an announcement saying the train was full so please give up your seats to people who needed them.
Still nobody moved.
My wife got up walked to the end of the train and asked the gentleman to go over to her seat. She still couldn…