Work, an enriching part of life?

Kurt at Cultural Offering highlights the problem with the concept of “work-life balance”:

I’ve always considered my work part of my life.  My friends – especially the successful ones – make their work an enriching part of life.

To be sure, keeping the demands of work in proportion to the demands of domestic life can be tough. Especially if, like may sovereign professionals, you work from home. But, the idea of work being something that is to be balanced against “life”? It’s a cute phrase but nonsensical when you think about it.

Read Kurt, here.

The Fast Company article he references is here. It’s a fascinating read on the importance and power of the language that we use.

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Who’s afraid of Machiavelli? – BBC

Should everyone, or at least every sovereign professional, read Machiavelli’s notorious book, The Prince?

From the BBC’s Imagine series, this programme explores the history and contemporary impact of Nicolo Machiavelli’s most famous book.

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Business of Life + Life of Business…

with Nicholas Bate’s blog.

Snackable, yet always nutritious.

As a taster, a Jagged Thought:

To walk, to wonder, to appreciate.
If ever lost.
Start there.

And, some Basics:


Basics 7: Daily Investments
1. In your wellness: walk everywhere and move a lot.
2. In your future: read to learn and practise to master.
3. In your security: build your value through mastery and save, then spend.

Check out the rest of Nicholas’s stuff, here.

The New Freelancers – @BCG

The BCG Henderson Institute has an interesting report into the gig economy; The New Freelancers: Tapping Talent in the Gig Economy.

The freelancer / sovereign professional perspective

Looking at both low-paid and high-paid freelancers in 11 countries, the report throws up some important findings, including:

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Freelancing and Brexit – @davidhowell

On Forbes.com, David Howell has some thoughts on what Brexit might mean for sovereign professionals in the post-Brexit landscape.

The key is to understand your precise needs. If you are a business, ask yourself what skills your enterprise needs today and how these could change over the next five years. Freelancers due to their flexible working practices can enable your business to tap into the skills it needs perhaps just for short periods of time. Not having the cost and time associated with hiring full-time staff, could be a way forward for your enterprise to create the dynamic workforce you need to weather the Brexit storm.

Read the full article, here.Read the full article, here.

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Leonardo da Vinci, ultimate sovereign professional?

I find I don’t know nearly enough about Leonardo da Vinci.

About a month ago, on Execupundit, Michael Wade recommended this YouTube video of Walter Isaacson discussing his latest book, Leonardo da Vinci. It took me a little while to get to it but if, like me, you haven’t got any closer to reading the book than buying it for a friend, I heartily recommend it.

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A fresh look for The Sovereign Professional

A little site maintenance has led me to a new look.

Hopefully, with the addition of page breaks (“Continue reading”) and featured posts, the whole should be more navigable and more readable.

Please let me know what you think.

At the same time, by the wonders of Amazon OneLink, if you now click on any of the book and music links in the text (at least over the last three months’ worth) you should arrive at either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, as appropriate. If you are in South Africa, Australia or Japan, I’ve no idea where it takes you.

There will be a fewer further, smaller changes to come as I explore the new WordPress Theme.

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