Balance Your Managerial Life

Written by Matthew Rekers, MBA

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Tinley is more than just an athlete; he is also a successful entrepreneur. He co-founded a company that produced athletic clothing—Tinley Performance Wear. He and his partners builtrepparttar business over 8 years, reaching about $10 million in sales. In 1992, they soldrepparttar 119517 company to Reebok. But even more than just being a triathlete and a wealthy businessman, Tinley is also appreciated as a writer, traveler, father, and husband. As productive as he is in many areas of life, he has not lost sight ofrepparttar 119518 balance he needs.

Tinley explainsrepparttar 119519 work-life balance he maintained over his 20-year career as an athlete, husband, father, and entrepreneur: “A lot of people have this image of self-management, that it means you have to drive yourself and force yourself to get things done without somebody looking over your shoulder. It is actually quiterepparttar 119520 opposite: You have to force yourself to have balance in your life and be efficient in all things you do.”

He has recognizedrepparttar 119521 importance of what he calls a “precarious balance between preparation, competition, professionalism, support systems, andrepparttar 119522 world of family, friends, and payingrepparttar 119523 rent.” He has not lost sight ofrepparttar 119524 fact that amongrepparttar 119525 best things in life are family, friends, and a quiet run inrepparttar 119526 park.

This isrepparttar 119527 kind of balance that John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems has also achieved. An interviewer, asked, “What would you like to have accomplished and what’s next after Cisco?”

“The most important thing to me is my family, and that doesn’t change. My wife of 25 years is a perfect balance for me. When I get down, which I occasionally do, she brings me up, and on rare occasions if I get a little bit too confident she brings me back down to earth too.”

“I’ve got two kids I’m tremendously proud of and they are my life; so my family is first, second, and third in terms of my priorities. And when I’m at home, as my wife reminds me when I walk inrepparttar 119528 door, I’m notrepparttar 119529 CEO anymore. So at home, I’m like anybody else. Carrying outrepparttar 119530 garbage, changingrepparttar 119531 light bulbs, and so on.”

Chambers illustrates how a proper balance between one’s executive performance and other dimensions of life can contribute to both personal fulfillment and business success. An awareness ofrepparttar 119532 need for balance has prompted many executives to make some crucial decisions in their day-to-day business and personal life that protected them from failure so they could just become an “enduring survivor.”

But, no doubt, you want more from life than just maintaining a mere survivor level. You want to excel as an executive leader, and also thrive, not merely survive, in your personal life. So beyondrepparttar 119533 awareness that comes from self-assessment and evaluation of your priorities, there are additional steps to take in order to reachrepparttar 119534 top level of having all that life can offer.

Forty-year-old Mark Holland isrepparttar 119535 founder of a thriving company, Ascend HR Solutions. Atrepparttar 119536 beginning of every workweek he pulls out a message that reads: “Wendi isrepparttar 119537 most important person in my life. My family comes before work and other activities. I live my religion. I providerepparttar 119538 financial security for my family. Our home is a retreat fromrepparttar 119539 challenges ofrepparttar 119540 world. I have a positive attitude, looking for and developingrepparttar 119541 strength in others. I help people develop and grow, including, when appropriate, holding them accountable. The outdoors provide a needed sanctuary and retreat for me.”

Holland wrote this personal mission statement in 1998 following a major crisis in his business. That yearrepparttar 119542 firm lost $800,000, which caused significant problems in his partnership. Holland experienced so much stress that he lost nearly 20 pounds.

Then a business seminar inspired him to write down his life mission statement. Holland admits thatrepparttar 119543 seminar gave him “a good smack upsiderepparttar 119544 head.” He resolved to never again sacrifice his family and health forrepparttar 119545 sake of his business.

Over a two-year period, Holland’s personal mission statement grew into a life plan for himself and his wife. “We asked, ‘What arerepparttar 119546 important things? What do we want to have happen before we die?’” Now they have a 30-year planned life itinerary on a spreadsheet that covers college savings, retirement, vacations, exercise regiments, relating to God and spiritual activities, work goals, personal growth, and personal relationships.

Holland constantly improved himself by regularly pursuing clear, written personal goals and life motto. Writing down your personal goals and a life motto not only helps you clarifyrepparttar 119547 kind of balance you want to achieve, but also gives you a written reference to check week by week. Many people refine their goals and motto over several year’s time.

Mark Holland and his wife, Wendi take long walks together at least twice a week with their two-year-old daughter on Mark’s shoulders and their five-month-old son snuggled in Wendi’s front pack. Once a month, on one of those walks, they discuss and review their life plan thoroughly. “The plan is dynamic—it changes. It’s been really good for getting our relationship and our lives back to where they needed to be,” Holland says.

This practice of regularly reviewing their life plan indicates that Holland progressed torepparttar 119548 highest level of functioning under balancing ones managerial life. At this top level, you constantly implement action plans to improverepparttar 119549 balance of all five dimensions of your life.

Paul N. Howell, CEO of Howell Corporation, named an additional crucial characteristic of a successfully balanced entrepreneurial executive: “The willingness and demonstrated ability to conduct him—or herself—on a high moral and ethical level in both business and personal life. Without it, success is uncertain and short lived.”

Atrepparttar 119550 highest level, people who interact with you can seerepparttar 119551 sterling qualities of your servant leadership. Your executive actions are guided by clear plans that continually balance and rebalance allrepparttar 119552 dimensions of successful living: 1. Executive Success: Servant leadership, management skills, and career development. 2. Loving Relationships: Serving family, friends, andrepparttar 119553 needy. 3. Healthy Lifestyle: Regular exercise, good diet, and regular medical care. 4. Emotional Well-being: Stress management, recreation, and psychological stability. 5. Spiritual Maturity: Ethical character, commitment to ultimate values, peace with God, and devoting oneself to life’s greatest spiritual priorities.

At this level, you regularly “retreat” from your usual executive responsibilities to rethink your personal mission, vision, and action plans. You deliberately make a continual concerted effort to maintainrepparttar 119554 delicate balance you need for a fulfilling life.

“Balance Your Managerial Life” was excerpted from There’s Room atrepparttar 119555 Top: 33 Dynamics for Managerial Excellence, 2004, pages 44-51.

© Copyright 2004, by Uxbridge Publishing Ltd. Co. All rights reserved.

Matthew Rekers, M.B.A., is the President and CEO of 33Dynamics LLC. He previously served as the President and COO of Rekers and Company LLC. Mr. Rekers earned his B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina with a major in accounting, and his M.B.A. degree from Winthrop University. He is a business consultant for 33Dynamics Consulting LLC. He can be contacted at Visit our website at

How to Plan for More Time and Have Time for More Planning

Written by Oz Merchant, C.Ht., NLP Trainer & Coach

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If you can, imagine, just stop and consider for a moment, step back from yourself for a bit, so that you can take a look at your whole life up to now and allrepparttar things that have yet to have happened; noticerepparttar 119516 things you want to do. If you don't know yet, then come up with something and plug it inrepparttar 119517 appropriate place in time for it to happen.

And atrepparttar 119518 same time, pay attention to mistakes you've made inrepparttar 119519 past, and as you can see them now with greater clarity to gain some useful learnings, make a note to do things differently inrepparttar 119520 future. If you ignorerepparttar 119521 past, you will miss opportunities to learn. So it is important to see what has happened in justrepparttar 119522 right angle as well as see what is to come ahead before you come face-to-face with it. Now this is only useful at certain times such as when you are planning. While at other times, it is best to be really inrepparttar 119523 moment, that is when you really have fun.

And it is just as important to be in a fun, resourceful state when planning, especially when you are making important life decisions. It would be ridiculous to come home one day and be thinking "life stinks, hmmm...what should I do withrepparttar 119524 rest of my life?" That is not where you want to be, instead get yourself intorepparttar 119525 most wonderful state of mind you can get yourself into. Such as times when you feel really competent, making excellent decisions, feeling highly enthusiastic, creative, and totally uninhibited. When you plan forrepparttar 119526 future, you want to remove all restrictions, so that anything is possible now. Remember each moment holds its own obstacles and challenges, and you will overcome them whenrepparttar 119527 time comes.

"Luck isrepparttar 119528 crossroads where opportunity and preparation meet." Every moment also holds its own opportunities, however it is up to you to prepare yourself now.

Begin by planning for it!

As the director of the CORE Changes Institute, Oz Merchant, trains and coaches individuals for personal and professional excellence utilizing cutting-edge transformation technologies such as NLP, Hypnosis, TFT, and EFT to name a few. Get access to the Success Skills E-Letter and remember to get your free copy of his latest e-book "11 Simple Lessons to Manifest Your Destiny," at

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