Showing posts with label work-life balance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work-life balance. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Striking a Balance - A Contrast in Coaches: Skip Prosser and Urban Meyer

My favorite sport is college basketball, and I love watching the teams in the ACC play. So it was a real blow to me in July 2007 when Skip Prosser, the head basketball coach at Wake Forest, died suddenly from a heart attack at age 56.

I was deeply touched by this column, "A Loss for All of College Basketball," by Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Wetzel, who knew the coach and described what an incredible teacher and leader he was, both on and off the court. Skip Prosser touched many lives throughout his career by being an insatiable learner himself and an amazing role model to those he coached.

This past weekend I followed with interest the sequence of events around the resignation and then leave-of-absence of Urban Meyer, head football coach at the University of Florida. Once again, Dan Wetzel provided keen insights and analysis in this column, "Meyer's Next Move Could Define Him," where he described the total obsession Meyer has for coaching and the Florida program.

These words jumped out at me from the recent column and brought back memories of the earlier one:
"More than once Meyer has brought up the 2007 death from a heart attack of Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser. Meyer would be best served focusing on how Prosser lived, not died. Prosser was a coach who carved out significant time for family and outside interests such as reading, history and travel. He was the antithesis of the over-consumed coach. Meyer is the poster child for it."
The lives of these two men - and the contrast in the way they managed their personal lives - reminded me that time with family is precious and can never be recovered. Whether you're an entrepreneur like me or work for a large organization, the demands of your profession can make it difficult to schedule adequate time with those you love most. Then you need to be fully present when you are with them - not distracted by your thoughts, emails, or phone calls, which can dramatically reduce the quality of your time together.

All of us have a finite number of hours and days to spend with those we care about most. We have no guarantees about the future. What do you do to to maintain balance between your work and family life?