Balance Your Managerial Life

Written by Matthew Rekers, MBA

We have only one life, but we live in three overlapping worlds—our business world, our family world, and our other social world. Imagine bringing your spouse and kids to a meeting with seven of your salespersonnel. Sitting off to your left, Miss Wright asksrepparttar question onrepparttar 119517 minds of all her fellow sales colleagues, “Why did you bring your family to our meeting today? Will they be playing any sort of role in our discussion?” You simply respond, “No, they’re just here so I can tend to their needs.”

Of course, this is a highly unlikely scenario. You don’t bring your family into work with you every day. However, Heather Howitt does. Howitt,repparttar 119518 CEO of Oregon Chai in Portland, Oregon, balances motherhood with her responsibility of running an eleven million dollar manufacturer of tea lattes. “Our office is a very casual place. We’ve got a family element going on here.”

Living inrepparttar 119519 rain soaked city of Portland, 32-year-old Howitt often arrives at her office lightly splattered with mud. She often spends her lunch break taking her one-year-old son, Sawyer, to a nearby park, or to her nanny who takes him home. On other days, she simply places him in his crib in her office.

Withrepparttar 119520 growth of her company, Howitt hired some key executives including a chief operating officer to manage operations and finance. She also delegatedrepparttar 119521 sales calls that she used to make herself. “I used to come in at 6 a.m. and make calls nonstop,” she explained. “I don’t have to do that anymore.” Howitt positioned herself in a way so that she is no longer personally over-worked or over-challenged by her daily responsibilities atrepparttar 119522 company. She balanced her business and private life. She not only recognized her strategic contribution torepparttar 119523 success of Oregon Chai, but she also appreciates her unique role inrepparttar 119524 life of her young son.

As an entrepreneur or a business executive, you must give your best in two entirely different worlds. The needs of your business andrepparttar 119525 needs of your family and friends compete for your time and attention. And both expectrepparttar 119526 very best from you. Heather Howitt found one way to do it; you may have another way.

To enjoy bothrepparttar 119527 rewards of business success and family fulfillment, you need to constantly work to keep your balance. To successfully tacklerepparttar 119528 challenges of a fast-growing company, you need allrepparttar 119529 personal resources that come from a balanced life. “How do you develop a balanced business personality?”

Some entrepreneurial executives suffer from dangerous imbalance. Others achieve top excellence in maintaining optimal balance. “Early in my career, I use to think that entrepreneurship was more an art than a science, that it was a gift or something,” says Cherrill Farnsworth. “I don’t believe that anymore.” Entrepreneurial leadership is not some automatic personality trait or some artistic talent some people are just born with and others happen to lack. Instead, entrepreneurial effectiveness with a balanced life is a dynamic process that you must constantly work at. If you don’t keep developing and nurturing your entrepreneurial personality, it might just die. Then, only drastic action might revive that entrepreneurial spirit.

That’s exactly what happened to Sam T. Goodner. His software company,repparttar 119530 Austin-based Catapult Systems Corp., ranked 77th amongrepparttar 119531 fastest growing companies in America while Goodner served asrepparttar 119532 founding CEO. At age 33, Goodner decided to step down as CEO of Catapult to take onrepparttar 119533 new challenge of serving as CEO of Inquisite Inc., a Catapult subsidiary that sells software overrepparttar 119534 Internet. But Goodner soon found his new digs to be “harsher, more spartan” than what he was accustomed to. “Half of it is actually under ground,” he explained, describing his much less attractive new office space.

But Goodner was not complaining. After all, it was his own idea to leaverepparttar 119535 comfortable CEO position of Catapult with a staff of 115, to head Inquisite Inc., with only 20 employees. But now something was wrong. To be sure, there were plenty of challenges to attend to. The phone rang for his attention, paper kept fillingrepparttar 119536 “in” box, and email messages steadily came in from employees, venders, and customers. Every day, and every hour, urgent decisions had to be made, so much so that anyone in his shoes could have been overwhelmed byrepparttar 119537 “tyranny ofrepparttar 119538 urgent.”

But increasingly, he felt like he was only reacting to demands and not taking a visionary proactive role any longer. And too often, long hours of work would crowd out what he’d prefer to do in his home and personal life. Even worse, he realized that even if he could experience any gratification in his personal world, it could not make up for what was missing in his business world.

“I had none of my entrepreneurial creativity left,” Goodner reflected. “I was falling back on what was easy. You know that’s happening when you start just going through your email all day long.” Recognizing that his former entrepreneurial spirit was gone, he resigned and hired a new CEO to headrepparttar 119539 company.

Perhaps Goodner had already achieved financial independence and had other worthy goals to pursue in life. In that case, relinquishing his CEO position could berepparttar 119540 best decision to make. But could there have been another way to recover his entrepreneurial spirit with a healthy balance of attention to work, family, and friends?

Entrepreneurial functioning can range fromrepparttar 119541 low level, “You are personally over worked and over challenged”—torepparttar 119542 most desirable level, “You regularly implement action plans to improve every aspect of your life.”

The lowest level of functioning leaves your company endangered. Top management is personally over worked and over challenged. The unrelenting urgent matters of your business seem to demand so much of your time that you go to work earlier and earlier, and stay later and later intorepparttar 119543 evening. You are like a runaway tire, rolling down a steep hill, turning faster and faster and faster until finally, you run out of control and then crash. “There must be a better way.” And you are right! There is.

“Overrepparttar 119544 past three years, I’ve been able to identify gradually what things I can give to my CPA, or to my bookkeeper, or to my office manager. I read about people who work 60 or 90 hours a week and build multimillion-dollar businesses atrepparttar 119545 expense of their health and family. Those aren’t success stories in my book. Success is having a multimillion-dollar business andrepparttar 119546 other stuff, too,” says 40-year-old Tom Melaragno, founder ofrepparttar 119547 $7.6-million Compri Consulting, an IT consulting and staffing firm founded in 1992. Although he put in 12-hour days when he startedrepparttar 119548 business, today he works just 8 or 9 hours and makes sure he’s there to watch his two sons’ Little League baseball games inrepparttar 119549 summer and coachrepparttar 119550 older one’s football team inrepparttar 119551 fall.

Taking a proactive stance means you take control to invest your life wisely. Scott Tinley is an extraordinary triathlete who has competed in more than 350 triathlons including 19 Hawaii Ironman triathlons. The triathlon is an endurance sport involving swimming, bicycling, and running. Amazingly, Tinley has won nearly 100 races. “This sport is about a combination of personal challenge, camaraderie, and achievement of self-knowledge,” Tinley explains.

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

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

It is important to realize thatrepparttar title of this article could have been writtenrepparttar 119516 other way around, and while atrepparttar 119517 surface it may seem as statingrepparttar 119518 same thing, this isrepparttar 119519 illusion that most people are deceived by and hence therefore are doing less with more, instead of more with less.

Now let me clarify, this to another level. Most people complain about "Well if I had more time, then I could really plan my days!" Yet this approach will never allow you to have that time, therefore no planning as well. Only one of these is in our control, and time is out of hands, yet we can take hold of it only when we know what we want to do with it.

When I was in school,repparttar 119520 more hours of classes I took andrepparttar 119521 more jobs I workedrepparttar 119522 more I was able to do in less and less time. I made better grades as well. Everyone hasrepparttar 119523 same 168 hours a week, however, how we use those hours can meanrepparttar 119524 difference between you gettingrepparttar 119525 next promotion or one of your colleagues instead.

So since planning is under your control then this is where you must start. I heard an interview with Mark McCormackrepparttar 119526 best selling author of "What They Still Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School" and he mentioned that one ofrepparttar 119527 things that made him such a success was that he plans his day, everyday! He spends one hour everyday planningrepparttar 119528 next 23 hours. And that one hour a day isrepparttar 119529 smartest investment anyone can make for themselves.

Spend a few hours to design a system for yourself, any system, and stick to it. And as you continue to use it, notice where and when it works and where and when it doesn't, and change it appropriately. Most people get stuck inrepparttar 119530 "ready, aim, fire" mentality, and unfortunately these same people never get passed getting ready and taking aim. So taking a "ready, fire, aim" approach may be more useful, as long as you are paying attention to know where and when to make changes.

The key is to create a plan and put it in writing. A philosophy, I always have lived by is that "the shortest pencil is better thanrepparttar 119531 longest memory." And besides, our mind will record everything unconsciously anyway, so why not keeprepparttar 119532 conscious clutter to a minimum.

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