The discomfort of balance
- 8 Months ago
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name themwork, family, health, friends and spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four are made of glass. If you drop one, they will be scuffed or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life." When Brian G Dyson, President and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises, spoke of the Five Balls Theory at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Address on September 6, 1996, little did he know that corporate cowboys would make 'work-life balance' the next catch-phrase.
What held true in the US seems to hold true in India. In an economy on the upswing, the only impediment to double-digit growth is the lack of people to implement it. Attrition is high. Affluence is taken for granted. Salaries are seducing. Yet, there is a dearth of senior management talent. So offer them (or at least pretend to) 'work-life balance'. That will make the wives think of romantic vacations in Paris, the husbands of having a personal gym, and the children of spending quality time with parents (never mind if the parents don't want to spend quality time with each other).