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One of my favorite topics to talk about is the idea of Work/Life Integration. Most people call this “balance”, which is really the wrong metaphor for how you should view your work and non-work selves. Balance is static…it doesn’t move you forward and the only alternative to being “in” balance is being out of balance…if you’re like this guy, being out of balance is a bad thing…

For the most part Work/Life Integration, or WLI, is a personal action. The life you lead is yours, and the choices you make on how you are going to live it is within your control. However, a big part of the WLI equation for most of us is WORK. I contend that you have the ability – and responsibility – to foster an organizational culture that promotes the effective integration of work and life for all members of your organization. You do not need to be a leader to lead change!

I’ve put together a handout that is the companion to the presentation I’ve developed on Work/Life Integration. Feel free to download it, and if you’d like me to talk with your group about how to create a WLI culture in your organization.

Download the NotAboutBalance handout.



Okay, so I’m going to pull back the curtain a little bit on my creative process…sometimes, a conference presentation grows out of a catchy title…I get an idea in my head and then I build the presentation around the title. other times, it is an idea that catches my attention, and I build it out until the title hits me. This is one of those times when I should have rolled with the latter but the former won out…mainly because of the deadlines imposed by conference programming committees. Had I worked the idea through a little, I would’ve come up with a better title (and forgotten about using the colon)…but things are what they are. The Tao – for whatever reason – took this title and presentation in the way that it did…all in all, I think it’s a pretty good mashup of a few ideas. Read the rest of this entry »