Finding balance between life and work is an ongoing challenge for most people. Today’s webinar (facilitated by Dave Burton, Heather Eccles, and Vicki Hagenaars) was designed to provide some tools and practical suggestions for thinking about how we can work toward achieving some sort of balance.
The model is designed to shift us from inspiration to reality, and rise to the challenges that will help us fulfil the things you are inspired to do.
Map of Meaning: A model
The key model discussed was the Map of Meaning (originally developed by Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, Lani Morris, and Patricia Greenhough). The tool was unpacked during the session and stories shared that opened discussion to help us find ways to recognise and value how we balance the demands of life and work – from reality to inspiration. Some of the key areas of behaviour were:
- Developing the Inner Self – Developing oneself and one’s resources.
- Unity with Others – Building and maintaining relationships. Dave suggests that there is less and less time at work to ‘chew the fat’, to build relationships.
- Expressing Full Potential – Promoting or representing oneself, taking oneself to market. One element of this is “exercising one’s mark and putting it on the table so that others can hear it and respond to it. For example, a head of department needs to be aware of what you have done”.
- Service to Others – Delivering the goods. This one has “much more of an action to it. Doing what one says one will do. It’s rather more practical and involves doing the things and getting the results”.
One participant shared that “I put in way too many hours into my job. I don’t really find a lot of time to fit other things in and I find my job all-consuming”. Dave said that “I know from my own experience that getting locked into any of the quadrants is a recipe for burn-out. So, it’s not so much ‘can I afford to spend time in the other quadrants’, rather it’s a case that ‘can I afford not to’?”. Another strategy that Dave mentioned was thinking about other things that inspire you outside of work…”it’s having those inspirations that motivates you and brings more of the balance”. Sometimes you need to focus away from goals, and go back to inspirations.
Cultural dimensions of self-promotion
Questions to consider
You are invited to consider the same questions that were posed during the question:
- How’s the relationship between what really moves you?
- What’s your self-development strategy and how is it going?
- How often are you able to have meaningful, perhaps challenging, conversations with your peers?
- To what extent do others understand what you’re really on about?
- What sense of being useful in the world (or your part of it) do you have?
- Do you get a chance to pause and reflect on how you are going?
- Who gets first call on your time; you or those around you?
Missed the session?
If you missed the session you can always access the recording, here:
And you can watch a video about the map of meaning here:
- Balance. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by James Box: http://flickr.com/photos/b0xman/2622396232/
- Balancing lady. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Helen ST: http://flickr.com/photos/orangebrompton/224649987/
- Balance. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Neil Lewis: http://flickr.com/photos/nthei/392707302/
- Identity finders. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by James Box: http://flickr.com/photos/b0xman/2622403996/