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Defining Moments & Shared Purpose: The Leader’s greater purpose [videos+book]

As leaders we have to think in terms of dynamic balance rather than static balance. There will always be forces that will throw us out of balance, and we have to accept that from time to time, as long as we recognize it and are prepared to constantly rebalance our priorities to find a new equilibrium.

Defining Moments: What Every Leader Should Know About Balancing Life

Reaching a level of total balance requires more than just dividing your time among the many roles you play in your professional and personal lives — business leader, father, husband, friend — and your role in society.

You must also stay fit — physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is only when your spirit, mind and body are perfectly aligned that you can claim that you have reached a level of “total balance”.

17 executives participated in a session led by Kees van der Graaf, who described some of the personal and professional challenges that took him on a journey of self-discovery.
What he found was his greater purpose in life and the key to balancing his life around his purpose, and at the session he offered suggestions on how participants may do the same.

From defining moments to total dynamic balance

While Kees has discovered ways to keep his life in balance despite the various personal and professional challenges he has faced over the years, he points out that it is impossible to consistently achieve total balance.

“As leaders we have to think in terms of dynamic balance rather than static balance. There will always be forces that will throw us out of balance, and we have to accept that from time to time, as long as we recognize it and are prepared to constantly rebalance our priorities to find a new equilibrium.”

In closing, Kees offered 10 tips to help others find total dynamic balance.

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Defining Moments

What Every Leader Should Know about Balancing Life

By Kees Van der Graaf

Defining Moments is a deeply honest, personal and at times moving account of one man’s voyage of self-discovery. Through a series of defining moments, Kees shows how personal crises and professional challenges can not only be overcome but can also be used to help give greater purpose and meaning to life – to help make the individual stronger, the family more cohesive and the organization more united.”

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

 


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