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Examines the shifting demographic, economic, and social forces—the changing gender roles, harsher economic realities, and dual career families—that pull managers and executives out of balance. Draws on ten years of research, consulting, and training on the topic to describe the cost of imbalance to individuals and organizations and tells how to restore equilibrium. Provides numerous checklists and self-assessment tools to help determine the degree and the nature of imbalance in our lives and in our organizations. Outlines a step-by-step process for personal change that can lead to an improved quality of life and provides individuals with a blueprint for initiating organizational changes that jointly optimize personal development and organizational effectiveness.
Drawing on over 10 years of research and experience, Kofodimos explains the pressures--both external and internal--that pull people out of balance and tells how to restore equilibrium. Throughout the book, she provides numerous checklists and self-assessment tools to help determine the degree and nature of imbalance in our lives and in our organizations. Explains the personal changes necessary to attain balance and calls on individuals to foster the organizational changes needed to develop a supportive environment. Outlines step-by-step processes for making changes happen.
Introduction: Facing the High Costs of Imbalance in Our Lives
1. The Time/Energy Imbalance: Putting Work Above All Else
2. The Mastery/Intimacy Imbalance: Finding Fulfillment Exclusively Through Work
3. The Idealized Image: Trying to Be Who We Think We Should Be
4. Choosing Personal Balance: How and Where to Start Changing
5. Assessing the Costs of Imbalance for Individuals and Organizations
6. Creating the Balanced Organization
Afterword: The Balance Revolution