bal•ance - v - To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony
Balance is critical to your success. It does not mean equal amounts of time for each aspect of your life, but is a conscious determination of priorities and focus for different areas of your life, at different times during your life. For example:
- - balance your life and work in a way that allows you to meet your goals (both personal and career)
- - have a balanced approach to growth and development: 70% on the job/life experience; 20% coaching/feedback; 10% formal learning
For teams and organizations to be successful, it is important for Leaders to:
- - balance between "buying" and "developing" of talent
- - balance the development of their employees between utilizing their existing skills in new ways, and providing them opportunities to learn new skills
Balance does not mean equal - and those who try to achieve balance on a daily basis rarely succeed. I prefer to look at balance from a longer term perspective. To try to fit work, family, hobbies, spirit, and friends into each day is challenging if not impossible. What if you look at it on a monthly perspective - I focused on a major project at work for 2 weeks, then I refocused my energies on my family and we went on a week's vacation, when we got back I set up a dinner for some family and friends to reconnect. On a day-to-day basis, you may not have had 'balance', but over the month you did. Some choose to expand this out to a year or even to a lifetime. Whatever timeframe you choose, having 'balance' in your life is important to your career and personal success.
Let me partner with you to achieve balance for yourself, team or organization.