The Trifecta of Professional Happiness

You’ve heard of Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick Any Two. I have a spin on that idea.

  • Career Path
  • Company Culture
  • Compensation

Pick zero to one for an unhappy work experience.
Pick two for relative contentedness at work with some trash talking at happy hour afterwards.
Pick all three for a great job you’ll be happy to go to most mornings.

Career Path
Job is in the field in which you want to work.
Work is satisfying.
Position furthers overall career goals.
Job includes professional development (formal or informal).
Job meets requirements for: (fill in the blank) e.g., challenge, diversity, creativity, et cetera.

Company Culture
You are in agreement with:

Company mission, policies and stated objectives
Leadership and philosophies
Management style

You feel comfortable with:

Company dynamic, i.e., the “personality” of the company
Company’s practices of rewarding employees and performance and correcting problems
Company’s financial health, or alternately, confidential (unknown to you) nature of company’s financial and administrative details

Salary or wages
Bonus and/or commission structure
Safety or innovation incentives
Medical, dental, vision insurance
Mental health and dependency treatment coverage
Retirement plan
Vacation, sick, personal, comp and flex time
Cafeteria plan for medical
AFLAC or other supplemental disability and unemployment insurance
Life insurance
Education reimbursement
Telecommuting policy
Other perks

After I thought of this idea this afternoon, I did a mental inventory of each job I’ve had and tested out this hypothesis. It rings true for me.

My favorite jobs were in the sweet spot: good compensation, in line with my career goals and performing a job I was competent at and liked, and with a company culture that fit me.

The trifecta reflects my obsession with company culture in particular, but I think it applies to normal people too.


Quickie in the AM

For the person who arrived here looking to prevent biennial bearing: systematically remove about 1/2 of the young fruit (young-young – do it early) during a bearing year.  It may take the tree several years to straighten itself out.  Thinning the fruit or the flowers if you’re ambitious is the way to go.  During off years, do not thin.

The fun of awaking at 5am has waned a bit.  Can’t drink too much coffee because I am about to be in the car for an hour.  It’s going to be hot today.  Hold me.

Favorite Plants for a Mediterranean Landscape

This list is a work in progress.

Trees & Large Shrubs
Geijera parviflora, Australian Willow
Brachychiton acerifolium, Flame Tree
Olea europaea, Olive
Fremontodendron ‘California Glory’, Flannelbush
Pittosporum tenuifolium, ‘Silver Sheen’, Tawhiwhi
Osmanthus fragrans, Sweet Olive
Laurus nobilis, Bay Laurel
Dodonaea boroniifolia, Purple Hopseed Bush
Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’ & ‘Apricot Queen’, Flax
Protea cynaroides, Kig Protea

Evening Glow Mirrorplant

Medium & Small Perennials
Boronia crenulata ‘Shark’s Bay’
Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira
Leptospermum ‘Ruby Glow’, Tea Tree
Arcostaphylos pajaroensis ‘Warren Roberts’, Manzanita
Dietes iridioides, Fortnight Lily and Dietes bicolor
Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii, Mediterranean Spurge
Grevillea lanigera Mt. Tamboritha, Wooly Grevillea
Ceanothus thyrisiflorus
, California Lilac
Lavatera maritima, Tree Mallow
Lavandula ‘Sleeping Beauty’
Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’, Wormwood
Coprosma ‘Evening Glow’, Mirror Plant
Agave parryi, Parry’s Agave
Eryngium alpinum ‘Sapphire Blue’, Sea Holly
Helictotrichon sempervirens, Blue Oat Grass
Hebe ‘Pink Elephant’
Heuchera ‘Velvet Night’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ and ‘Whirling Butterflies’
Achillea millefolium ‘Salmon Beauty’, Yarrow
Duddleya purverulenta, Chalk Lettuce
Erigeron karvinskianus, Santa Barbara Daisy
Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’