Life, Liberty, & Happiness

Thoughts on Work


ver the past decade, the relationships we experience at work - and the notion of work itself - has changed.

The nature of work has moved from a local view to a global perspective. Our individual relationship with the workday has expanded from an 8-to-5, eight hour day, to almost a 24/7 experience.  In today’s world, work can happen anytime, any place, with almost anyone. The lines between work time and personal time are blurred. Even when we leave the work environment, it’s on our mind.

If we’re completely honest, work is at the center of most of our lives. At one end of the spectrum, work is the necessary evil that provides a means to pay the bills. At the other end of the spectrum, work is a place where one thrives and actually looks forward to being. And there’s various dimensions of work in between these two extremes.  

Regardless of where you personally exist on this spectrum, work matters. Work is where we form many of our most important relationships - whether it’s personal friends, professional colleagues - sometimes even a companion.

The reality is that work and life are much like DNA - a braided system - blended, overlapping and seamless. When all is going well at work - we thrive. We feel connected when we’re adding value and contributing expertise to a positive result. We have purpose. When our relationship with work (or the relationships at work) flounder - we find ourselves stressed and taking those stressors home to our families.  When these professional relationships are damaged, it impacts our personal relationships.

Work is the biggest team sport in which any of us get to participate. And as a team sport, business cannot be just about the numbers. Great teams have a great culture driven by great leadership. Relationships are meaningful and teammates are connected. The collective attitude is very positive and everyone on the team works hard to accomplish their mission.

About Dr. Michael Burcham

Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.

“I built and sold a $40M company with Dr. Burcham as my mentor. This is the thing: if you EVER get the opportunity to learn from this man, from that moment forward, you’ll list him as one of the most influential people in your life, even if you live to be 90. And, you’ll know how lucky you were to have that opportunity and you’ll immediately say YES to any chance to be in his presence again—his wisdom is that impactful.”

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Former CEO, Letter Logic

“If you are looking for a trusted mentor and coach for yourself or your leadership team, I highly recommend Michael Burcham. He has worked with me as my executive coach for well over a decade now. Our conversations and his feedback have helped me sharpen my critical thinking skills. He’s a trusted advisor that I can confidentially speak with about any issue—and I know I’ll get valued feedback. I highly recommend him.”

Ryan McGrath

CEO, Asset Living

“Dr. Burcham’s depth and breadth of experience makes even the most ADD entrepreneurial leader sit up and take notes! His coaching skills bring out the ‘best you’ possible. He selflessly shares the good, the bad, and the ugly—leaving you with an authentic and moving experience sure to spur action and professional growth!”

Julie Lenzer

Director, U.S. Department of Commerce


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