One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.
Balance and authenticity: it’s what I strive for every waking moment. Unfortunately, the politics of “business as usual” often challenge these virtues. The pragmatism of the ends justifying the means seems to be replacing ethical integrity. The financial bottom line dominates and destroys the morale and creativity of the workforce. Technology’s e-leash controls workers – instead of the other way around. I agree with Gandhi that segregating your values into different, discrete environments is impossible. If you act ruthlessly in business, I don’t believe that you can act compassionately at home. We can’t turn it on and turn it off. Perhaps the foundation of a new way to work is to realize that work life, home life and spiritual life are irrevocably intertwined. All these lives create the one indivisible whole of who you are.
Working Wisdom uses my favorite quotes to think about work in a new way.
Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning company focused on techniques to eliminate the 5 workplace stressors that create and sustain burnout: Job Change, Organizational Change, Work-Life Imbalance, Poor Leadership and Management, and Ineffective Human Resources. An entrepreneur for over 25 years, author, blogger, career coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action,” watch her TEDx Talk on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFkI69zJzLI. To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com.