Non-Negotiables in Work - Upside Thinking

At a recent business meeting, I stepped into a common conversation: the elusive work-life balance – and how to manage varied responsibilities at home, at work, and in the community.

It’s certainly a relevant topic for me.

Beyond running my company, consulting, coaching, and volunteering, my husband has just retired from his 30-year career.

Plus, many of my clients grapple with how to maximize their time and get more done with fewer resources.

However, I was also interested from an additional perspective because I speak about leadership, positioning, and personal branding.

How does overwhelm impact presence?

Simply put–people are less likely to follow a leader who seems unfulfilled and stressed out.

As humans, we look for what we desire.

Being a leader, do you model a life worth following?

Are you living it?

A great place to start this inquiry is to see how much fun you have getting your work done.
Non-Negotiables in Work - Upside Thinking

  • What is your experience at the end of your workday?
  • Are you able to pause and spend time doing something you enjoy?
  • Or, are you too tired to do anything other than rest and recover from a “hard” day’s work?

Are you on the path of guaranteeing you are experiencing optimal well-being in all areas of your life?

Most leaders don’t have a shortage of bright shiny objects, disguised as great ideas.

Flush with possibilities, it’s easy to get sidelined and end up working more hours than your body can handle.

However, if you have clear non-negotiables and are able to differentiate your high-value activities from those that are less important, you will spend your time focusing on what matters most – to you and the organization.

You will utilize your strengths and contribute to the bottom line as well as create a healthy framework to honor your time both in and out of work commitments.

When you behave in a way that anchors your commitments, you live your priorities.

This is the 4th Pillar in the 7 Pillars of Leadership that I will share on stage at my 11th annual leadership conference, Design Your Destiny Live.

Leaders worth following understand the value of having this conversation – and recognizing there isn’t a true balancing of the scales to be done.

Work-life balance is something to presence — and rooted in presence of mind.

Ensure you manage your energy and focus on what’s most important so you don’t end up missing out on something you’ve declared as a value.

Action Non-Negotiables in Work  - Lisa Marie Platske

The Upside Challenge of the week is to notice your joy and satisfaction. When you are in joy, see what you have prioritized. Jot down your results each day for one week.

People follow the person first, then their great plan.

Be a leader worth following.

The world needs you and your brilliance.


  1. Katina Horton on November 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Excellent article!!

    • LisaMarie on November 4, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Katina, I’m glad you enjoyed it. You can read more by subscribing to the Upside Thinker, my weekly e-zine. Feel free to reach out any time.

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