There’s a major shift in the corporate mindset these days to focus more on achieving harmony over balance. Me personally, I prefer synergy. Regardless of what word you use, I’m not certain if the corporate mindset is to be trusted to effectively implement strategies that achieve balance, harmony, or synergy until it first shows any shift in some of its underlying guiding principles and values. It’s not that a problem of them using the wrong word, it is that they’re using the wrong model of leadership.
Beyond The Words
When you don’t have the right model of leadership any construct or word that you use will always be limited in its implementation.
More Than Just Work-Life Balance
Reflecting with amazing leaders on their journey into joy we hear leaders say new truths like “I now know that I am free. The world could be burning and I still know that I am free and in joy. It is okay to hold the simultaneity of the world being on fire and me being calm.” Now that’s balance! Despite all of the change and transformation in the world, this is the harmony, balance, synergy, or whatever else you want to call it that all of us are seeking. Can you feel that it is this deeper sense of balance [or choose your preferred word] that conveys that these leaders are grounded in their sense of wholeness? That level of centeredness in one’s self, informed by the wisdom of what brings them joy, is the balance, harmony, synergy, etc. that they now carry inside of them as they move through the world.
Grounded in joy, you can hold space for the tumultuous change and transformation in the world, and still be so whole that you know how to breathe through all of the madness with ease. Call it whatever you want, but keep the vision and practice of you in joy crystal clear.