Episode 67

Dan Pontefract: Reframing work-life balance

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How do you view work life balance?

For some it’s an indulgence or luxury, for others, it’s an essential, non-negotiable aspect of work and life. Whatever your view, being more aware of what you want in life is surely an important step for all.

In this episode I am joined by Dan Pontefract, who redefines and reframes it by calling it ‘work-life bloom’. He argues that if we want to apply our best selves to our work, we need to be more human and curious and what it is that we want.

He discusses his ideas around work-life bloom, and how the concept of work-life balance is flawed. He shares how leaders can enable their teams to bloom and how to marshal that process. He also talks about how leaders can protect their own mental health when having to support others through their own struggles.

You’ll hear about:

  • Work-life balance is flawed
  • The masks leaders wear
  • How leaders can make their team bloom
  • How to protect your own mental health
  • How to marshal a group closer to blooming
  • Devising a harmonious new order within teams
  • What impact does Dan want to have?
  • What makes Dan’s best day?

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Strategic Leader.

More about Dan

​Dan Pontefract is a renowned leadership strategist, author, and keynote speaker with over two decades of experience in senior executive roles at companies such as SAP, TELUS and Business Objects. Since then, he has worked with organisations worldwide, including Salesforce, Amgen, the State of Tennessee, Nestlé, Canada Post, Autodesk, BMO, the Government of Canada, Manulife, Nutrien, and the City of Toronto, among others.

As an award-winning and best-selling author, Dan has written five books: Work-Life Bloom, Lead. Care. Win., Open to Think, The Purpose Effect and Flat Army. Dan also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and other outlets.

“We bring our lives into our work, nevertheless, our work shapes us.”

Dan Pontefract, leadership strategist & author

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

02.26 Work-life balance is flawed.
06.03 The masks leaders wear.
11.01 How leaders can make their team bloom.
16.46 How to protect your own mental health.
20.33 How to marshal a group closer to blooming.
30.15 Devising a harmonious new order within teams.
35.32 What impact does Dan want to have?
38.07 What makes Dan’s best day?
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