Finding Balance and Focus

A colleague of mind recently shared an article on LinkedIn.  Written by John Eades the article, The People You Should Lead For, includes the Dale Partridge quote, “Success at work without success at home, isn’t success at all.”

As executives, we’re the leaders who have the ability insure the corporate culture we create in our organization promotes that concept.  We have to “walk the walk” in order to demonstrate what that means and to insure our own lives reflect those expectations.

Over the next six weeks this blog will explore methods for finding balance and focus between our personal and professional lives.

Setting Expectations. 

At each stage of our careers, our personal lives and the lives of our families, we have different requirements for how we spend our time.  Understanding those requirements to determine how to manage our time so we can be successful is a first step.  Discussing this with our significant other and family, then listening to what they need, is the next.

Setting expectations with those we work with is also essential because unless we develop a shared definition of success, both at home and at work, we run the risk of our best never being good enough.

Wisdom in developing those agreements goes a long way toward supporting our good intentions.  Negotiating for one night a week to work late or bring work home can help insure success and demonstrates a level of commitment at work.  Committing to being home in time to help prepare and enjoy a family dinner, or participate in family activities on the remaining nights, goes a long way to promoting family harmony.

Once we broker agreements, both at work and at home, we need to honor those commitments.  Scoring a home run at work and missing dinner, if that was the commitment, sets up the potential for hurt feelings and resentment.  Conversely, missing an important deadline at work while going out to lunch and leaving on time every day sets a poor example that can cause the people we work with to see us as undependable.

Leah Ward-Lee is a management consultant and business writer based in Dallas, Texas and the author of $1,000 Start-Ups.  Her next book, The Executive’s Toolbox, will be released in 2017.

Published by Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant. Leah resides in Dallas, TX and on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.

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