Chapter 17Maintaining a Balanced Personal and Work Life

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man—if man is not enslaved by it.

—Jonas Salk

In the final chapter of this book, we’d like to discuss a difficult problem. In a communication technology–enabled world, how do you disconnect? How can you (as a virtual team leader) maintain balance in your work and personal life? How can you help your team members do the same? When we ask this question in our workshops, we notice a lot of people frowning and looking at their feet. Once, a manager (with small children) asked hopefully, “Is that possible?” ...

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