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Leadership Work-Life-Faith

Reflections on Work-Life-Faith Balance

This past weekend I participated in an annual event where some college classmates gather for a reunion. I won’t bore you with all the details of why and how this group has grown, but suffice it to say we have a legacy that spans over 45 years. So, we have a robust group who gather. Our age range covers that full 45 year span, including current college students who are part of the organization from which us older guys came.

38515280_sYou can imagine the stories that get told and re-told depending upon the time since we all first joined this particular organization. It is a blast to relive some of those experiences. After spending almost 72 hours in and out of events, meetings, meals, and small groups, I have a few reflections to share. I am confident most of you will relate to what I am going to tell.

Leadership Work-Life-Faith

Search for Significance; Part III

Continuing our look at Robert McGee and “Search for Significance”, he speaks of the Biblical notion of the need to renew our mind. I have found this to be true in so many facets of life and business. As leaders in our business, our community and our families, we need to be ever-mindful of the significance our actions can have. But before we get to action, we usually have a process that starts with each and every situation that comes our way. Knowing the key elements of the action sequence can improve the outcome.

It starts with an understanding of this flow diagram of how we typically process our response to a situation.

Decision Flow ContinuumLet’s talk about this spectrum.

1. Beliefs –  When a situation arises, we first filter it through a set of beliefs. I am not talking exclusively about any particular religious belief. Rather I mean a set of core values, understanding, and evaluation of things important to us or things we have assumed as drivers for who and what we are. Most of these beliefs have their roots in our early childhood development; life experiences including things were taught expressly or things we learned as outcomes to events. These experiences establish a set of core beliefs that have a strong influence in how we react to new situations in later years. Unfortunately, most of keep a portion of negative beliefs mixed in with the good things. e.g. I am not smart enough, strong enough, or pretty enough, etc.