Your Work or Your Life
Jack Welch, former GE head man has said in some recent articles and interviews that he believes great managers and owners don't have work-life-balance issues because they have the necessary systems already in place. This is a ridiculous comment, because the only managers or owners who don't have work-life-balance issues are those who have already given up their lives to their company or business. Accordingly, work-life-balance challenges can be accomodated if you have earned it with past performance. In otherwords, you mortgage your life to your company presently so that you can enjoy your job in the future.
Unfortunately, this strategy doesn't really work because by the time you realize that your work and life are out of control, your habits, expectations and responsibilities have hardened. You have now created your own system which is the combination of your organization's culture, your position and work habits, which only works as long as your job is first and everything else falls behind in second, third and so on, or maybe not at all. It is important to realize balance is not about more free time, but living a better life, putting work in perspective and allowing you to gain control over when, where and how work is done.