WE MIGHT THINK WE NEED MORE WORK-LIFE BALANCE, BUT THE FUTURE IS ABOUT WORK-LIFE QUALITY
I was leading a session with a team of executives on Care-Driven Leadership® discussing how to prevent burnout and foster a well-being culture, when a woman in attendance spoke up, “I have always pursued excellence. However, I look at the young people, and I see them take lunch breaks and uphold boundaries around their private time.” She continued, “Listening to you, though, I realize that maybe I had it all wrong, thinking excellence is about working non-stop.”
I used to think so too, I told her, and I acknowledged that she, like so many others, had learned that giving 100% to work and nothing to herself is what pursuing excellence has been taught is required of us for a long time. Our social construct is built on the pursuit of excellence as giving work our all instead of our best. We are conditioned to keep going until it’s all done instead of pausing to ask what we need to do so….
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Originally published on September 15, 2023 at JeanetteBronee.com.