chapter SIX

Balance Your Work Life and Your Personal Life

This chapter is about achieving the right balance of focus, energy, and time between your work as a leader and the other important areas of your life. Achieving this balance is a challenge.

One CEO commented, “I hate the balance concept because it means that every day I'm going to be a perfect mom and a perfect chief executive. Impossible. Simply impossible.”

We agree completely. Balance cannot be about perfection. Personal balance isn't easy to achieve, and it's important to be realistic about it. Avoid the trap of thinking that only perfection will do.

Nor do we advocate the typically ...

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