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November 03, 2009


Tim Sackett

KD -

Outstanding post. Interesting that as HR Pros we are suppose to be the work-life balance gatekeepers for our organizations - yet the data shows superstars probably aren't the most balanced individuals, and as HR Pros we are suppose to be developing the most talented organization we can. That dichotomy alone makes this entire concept a very interesting discussion topic...

Jessica Lee

interesting discussion topic indeed. wondering though... tim, what makes you think HR is to be the work-life balance gatekeeper? i'm not sure this is something i've ever seen as an area i own. have you? do you now? just wondering where is that coming from?

David Christensen

Individuals need to be accountable for everything in their own lives. Is HR responsible for getting my children to day care on time every morning? Do I need to consult with HR before I buy that fancy sports car to satisfy an early mid-life crisis? The answer to these questions is obvious to all so I would also be interested in finding out when I became a work-life balance gatekeeper. What are we missing here Tim?

Vish Agashe


Great post KD. Bottom line is that success and greatness is earned and rarely bestowed upon people without the sacrifice and hard work. When it comes to work/life balance, I guess it is really up to individuals as to how they plan and focus. People can make fewer compromises in their life activities and earn the success they desire little slowly or vice versa. Ultimately it’s all about choice and decisions made by individuals that decide how and where they end up in the ladder of their aspirations.

Vish Agashe

Mike Haberman

One of my favorite sayings is "You can do whatever you want, you only have to be willing to live with the consequences." I think is the best lesson you can get in life-work balance. You want to work hard to succeed, then there may be family consequences. You want to eliminate tasks and/or people then there may be relationship consequences. You do neither then you may not get the rewards you want.

Want or desire cannot hold a candle to "DO."

Maria Helm

Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do

Becki Gagnon

Very thought provoking post. Agree with Tim Sackett as well. In my experience it seems that since HR is “helping” people in their careers…it naturally (or maybe unnaturally!) rolls into “helping” people in their lives. This leads to the gatekeeper of life balance.

However, if you want to be true star-you must dedicate a large portion of your life to your passion/talent. Even the process of reducing your work load requires you to take time to determine what to eliminate.

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