I have to admit I do a lot of reading in my spare time and particularly like reading business books that I think can help me do a better job as the CEO of Interactive Solutions, Inc (ISI). One such book I just finished titled "Balance Life and Leadership Excellence" written by my friend Madan which is not only a really good read but it also focuses on an issue which has been important to me since I started ISI which is BALANCE. As I read Madan's book I must say that it provides practical ideas to not only unleash leadership and creativity on the job but also enjoy a rewarding, healthy life off-the-clock.
On a personal level, as ISI celebrated our 18th anniversary this past week (March 11) it gave me a chance to reflect on not only our success as a business but also the sense of pride I take in knowing that I never sacrificed my family life for company success. Despite all the challenges of starting a new business and the many obstacles we faced through the years, I never missed any of my kids activities through the years whether it be the many Boy Scout camping trips, swim meets, basketball games, school plays etc. I was at each and every one of them with and am so glad I did. Interestingly enough, as time went on, I discovered that the more balance I achieved in my personal life with my family it not only didn't penalize me in my professional life but actually enhanced it as ISI continued to grow and prosper.