December is the month of the year when most of us spend more time than usual with loved ones, family members, and friends. For CEOs and senior corporate leaders, it’s also the time to finish typical end-of-year business requirements like accounting “chores,” and putting the finishing touches on your company’s business or sales and marketing plans for the next year—2018.
As one of 15 Vistage chairs serving 400 members at companies throughout Minnesota, I get to share in this year-end dash with people who manage and lead some of the most successful businesses in the state. Something I’ve been doing for years.
While we all experience the tug-of-war between work and family for our time, it’s more pronounced, of course, during the Holidays. But from my vantage point of serving as a Vistage chair, I’ve observed that Vistage members typically don’t struggle with finding the perfect balance between their families and work.
I suspect that part of the reason these business leaders readily achieve work/family balance is that of what they’ve learned over time in Vistage. Balance is essential to being a good leader. And with more and more companies competing for the best employees and top spots on coveted “Best Places to Work” lists, business leaders are acutely aware they must build environments that offer “balance” in the company’s benefits package.
Brian Dyson, former vice chairman and COO of Coca-Cola, described the importance of achieving the right balance between work and life with this often-repeated observation:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends, and spirit — are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
From all of us at Vistage Minnesota, we wish you Happy Holidays and the hope that this coming year brings the perfect balance of work and life.
If you need to restore your balance between work and life in 2018, we invite you to explore Vistage.