There is much discussion as to whether you can lead a balanced life and succeed in the higher echelons of leadership. In his excellent book Leaders eat Last, Simon Sinek points out that not it is only possible it is in fact desirable if you are looking for an efficiently run company.
A leader who uses the top down management approach these days looks fated for the scrap heap. During the GFC of 2007 to 2008 fifty percent of America’s banks failed mainly due to their culture being based on making the holy dollar to the point that they had made some very unwise decisions in chasing larger and larger profits. Businesses that were more balanced in their cultures were able to survive due to the loyalty of their staff.
So what does a balanced life look like, let’s mosey on down that trail:
1. We create as much information every two days as we did in the entire year of 2003. I think this means that the chances of us doing everything have long gone by the way.
2. The near first female POTUS points to your job title is not the be all and end all of what provides a satisfactory life: Get a Job.
3. Love Thomas Merton, didn’t know he was a Catholic priest until just now. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion.
4. What a living example Eat , Pray, Love is of this beautiful quote: I’m not in Love.
5. Star of 9 to 5, what a way to make a living, don’t have this be the major focus of your life and forget your dreams.
6. Number five seems a tad out of place from the rest: Who You Are!!
7. For me being silly and letting loose would be challenging, how about you?
8. Mindmapping , there are three or four for me that are not in balance at the moment: Mo Bounce.
9. One of the greatest living philosophers, Ms. Unknown shows us a tactic to inner balance.
10. Koan or meme, what will I call them today. But remember to watch and spend time in today’s beauty: You are so Beautiful to Me.
11. Attitude: when someone makes a settled way of thinking or feeling about something. … For example: You can tell a person’s attitude just by watching his body posture if he likes something or not. Aptitude: It’s a natural ability to do something or a natural tendency.
12. The greatest skill in life one must get rid of if they wish to lead a balanced life: Confessions of a Perfectionist.
13. We have all seen that cartoon of life as we hope it will go versus how it actually occurs, we spend a lot of time undoing knots.
14. SETH GODIN is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything: Holiday.
15. I love this list, it has helped balance my life on a daily basis.
I actually have terrible balance on my left side, I can’t do the Tai Chi white crane at all, perhaps I need to look at what has it out of kilter.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.