I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.
– Maya Angelou
A 2011 Gallup poll showed that a third of working adults felt that they were strapped for time. This percentage went up as education and income increased, roughly corresponding to increasing professional responsibility. As that perceived lack of time increases, the impact on personal life also increases – and dramatically. That creates the “unbalance” that so many self-help books try to remediate.
Perhaps this is the wrong approach. Instead of trying to create a balanced life with existing inputs and outputs, shouldn’t we instead look at the root cause of the unbalance and attack the source? Change the inputs by simplifying personal and professional leadership, thereby creating more time? By creating more time, and more focus perhaps leading to fewer necessary outputs, balance simply happens.
That’s the result of my journey – a journey where I discovered how Lean concepts can eliminate the unnecessary and Zen concepts can create an improved framework of self – and what is necessary to begin with.
My goal with this book is to provide a personal and professional leadership guide for the new or struggling leader that creates balance, efficiency, and simplicity by leveraging the concepts of Zen and the continuous improvement, problem solving, and respect for people philosophy of Lean.