Life engagement

Imagine life is a game where you are juggling five balls. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity — are made of glass.
~ James Patterson

The first secret to work/life balance is recognizing that it’s not about balance. It is about balancing work and life. What appears to be a state of balance is something entirely different — an act of prioritizing and counterbalancing. (For example, a ballerina appears to be perfectly balanced on her toes, but a closer look reveals her toe shoes vibrating rapidly, making minute adjustments for balance.) [click to continue…]

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169: Use a Success List (Instead of a To-do List)

by Monica Harrison on February 13, 2018

Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list — a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. A to-do list becomes a success list when you apply Pareto’s Principle to it.

Does it seem like every day you and your team have more and more that “simply must get done”? Do you often feel overbooked, overextended, overcommitted, and “in the weeds”? Do you (or your direct reports) feel like a human pinball, bouncing from task to task throughout the day, hoping to check as many things as possible off your to-do list — but later realizing you didn’t actually accomplish anything that truly matters? [click to continue…]

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137: The Unplugged Leader — How to Take a Worry-Free Vacation | with Mindy Mackenzie

June 1, 2016

With warm, summer weather arriving in the northern hemisphere, many of us have vacation plans. But what type of vacation will you take? Will it actually refresh you, helping you come back to work with new energy, fresh ideas, and a better perspective to help you deliver results that matter? If you’re like most business […]

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Create the Perfect Moment: 6 Ways to Make the Most of Time with Key People

September 6, 2013

Who you are in your personal time directly affects who you are professionally. You either have the discipline of consistently adding value and energy, or you don’t. If you are an Energy Drainer with family and friends, it’s unlikely you are an Energy Leader in your work. By “your work,” I don’t just mean your occupation, […]

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Re-discover Your Treasure

April 24, 2013

Picture this: You walk into a house that is 100% neat and tidy, except for a T-shirt lying on the kitchen floor. What catches your attention? For most of us, we will notice the T-shirt … one very minor imperfection in an otherwise perfect home. Chalk it up to human nature. But let’s not allow […]

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Doing Less, Thinking More, Leading with Greater Impact

April 17, 2013

Recently, I was struck by a similar emphasis from three different thought leaders. Leadership is about the courage and discipline to think things through for ourselves and the moral courage to stand up for what we believe to be right. Self-knowledge can only be gained through introspection, frequently in solitude. Reading books rather than email, […]

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