The A&E Network has a reality show called, "Intervention". This show documents the lives of people dealing with a variety of substance abuse and how it effects their families and friends. Sometimes the intervention works out and the addict is rehabilitated, other times, it does not.
As anyone in leadership understands, it takes hard work, not an entitlement to attain all levels of leadership. We work hard, and our expectation is that our hard work and tireless hours will lead to greater levels of responsibility and of course higher paychecks. At what cost does this occur though?
As leaders, is being a workaholic an unhealthy addiction that affects our friendship and family relationships? In other posts, I have discussed the importance of recharging your batteries, and having "me" time. Doing both of these is paramount to having a work-life balance. In doing so, you can become cured of workaholism and enjoy the little things in life. Being a workaholic can be just as damaging and detrimental to the individual as any substance abuse can be.
I have read many articles over the years that those leaders that have a true work-life balance, they are typically more successful. The reasons for this is they are able to clear their mind and focus at work, and at play.
How do you determine if you are a workaholic? Ask your peers, family, friends. If they truly care about you and your well being, they will be honest with you. Give yourself an informal intervention.
My name is Mark Brody. I am a workaholic.
Can you take the same first step? If you can, better health, and healthier relationships are nearer than you think.
Take time this Labor Day Weekend to not think about work and enjoy doing something that you don't typically do.