Monthly Archives: September 2015

Work-Life Balance

 

balance

I recently had a conversation with one of my employees about work-life balance and she questioned me on how I achieve my balance.  My response was, “Do I?”  This prompted me to contemplate my life and the balance of work and play.  I have always enjoyed working and maintain I have no plans to retire.  I think about work first thing in the morning, I live work all day, and I go to bed contemplating new ideas.  Yet, I take time each day to treat my body right. I drink lots of water.   I prepare three amazingly healthy meals.  I am a student of naturopathic health solutions.  I work out.  I meet up with friends.  I watch my favorite television programs.  I read and read and read.

So what exactly is balance?

I read once that it is the pull of opposing forces that keeps you balanced.

My life would be incomplete and disappointing if I did not have my business and the satisfaction I gleam from bringing customer service and employee loyalty to new heights.  And I would be equally disappointed if I failed to enjoy the beautiful city in which I live, cherish and nurture the relationships with my family and friends, and care for and respect my body.

I am resolved to believe that perfectly balancing these opposing forces to a point of static is unattainable and unrealistic.  For me, a balance is achieved by satisfying the tensions created, harnessing energy from both and living my life each day.

Balance for everyone is not the same.  Others looking at my life could say I work far too much.  Yet the joy I derive at work brings great value to the balance I seek in life.  In the end, you must find what you love, love what you do, embrace your values and strive to worship their role in your life.

 

A Leader’s Legacy

All leaders want to go down in the leader books as having done great things.  A fabulous legacy is also indicative of your general success as a leader.  Below are some hints to leave a lasting legacy:

  1. Being Authentic, Trustworthy, Compelling, Competent, and Communicative. If you concentrate on these things, with one eye cocked toward the ongoing state of your reputation, you can be pretty sure that your legacy will be a good one – even if you ultimately fail to reach your goals.
  2. Paying Attention to Change. Change requires, at a minimum, a little empathy and a lot of patience. Don’t attempt to deny or resist change – just help people get through it better than they could if left to their own devices.
  3. Getting More Curious and Smarter About Human Nature. Keep in mind most basic states of emotion are simply a function of one’s relationship with “what you want?”.  The first great question you need to ask your subordinates as a leader is: What do you want?
  4. Giving Feedback. It is the best way to connect, add value and create relationships different from the usual arm’s-length management relationship.
  5. Celebrating Success. Take the time – officially endorsed and led by you – to celebrate your team’s accomplishments and victories.
  6. Respecting Life Outside of Work. What is important for you to remember as a leader is that your people do have private lives outside of work, that those lives are important to them and that, as a matter of principle, you must respect those lives.

A leader who leads without concern for their legacy does not inspire, motivate, and ultimate fails at leading.