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Balance Doesn’t Go Far Enough; Seek Integration, or Merger

We talk a lot about balance when we look at our lives. We want balanced diets, checkbooks, and schedules (not to mention scales and expectations). In law, we brand ourselves with the scales of justice. A favorite image I use on this site is the scale that weighs money heavier than our hearts, which suddenly seems to send a message different from what I want it to.

Like many people, I’ve often imagined that there is nothing to lift heavy issues like violent crime or poverty from the lower end of the scale. How do we balance good and bad, right and wrong, punishment and forgiveness?

For some people, their work occurs to them as similarly heavy issues. Each day, they suffer through hours of separation from their families and the lives they want. How do they balance the salary and the sacrifice, the daily disengagement and the eventual fun vacation, the resignation, and the hope?

I’ve known Tevis Trower of Balance Integration Corporation for approximately eight years, and today, it finally dawned on me how aware she was of the need for more than balance when she named her business. Many success coaches and employee engagement experts are now talking about what she knew more than 12 years ago: Nothing gets created until you take the elements off the scale and bring them together.

Suddenly, I remember my high school chemistry class or going to the fruit market in Downtown Louisville as a child. In neither case, did I leave anything on the scale? I had to mix the powdered elements to get the foamy substance I was creating for my grade. I had to pay for the apples I would later measure again in a recipe. Balancing, or weighing them, on the scale was only one of several steps.

Tevis has seen this for many years and takes that beautiful insight to large corporate employers who seek not only to balance their interests with those of their workers. They seek to integrate, or merge, what’s on the scales. Whether you are creating a corporate wellness fair, contemplating an ongoing program or searching for ways to make corporate change go more smoothly, she can co-design with you a program to fit your culture. I am very proud to know and recommend her.

For more information, go to balanceintegration.com.


Have a current conflict in your corporation? The Third Ear Conflict Resolution program uses mediation techniques to resolve everything from conflicts with yourself to conflicts with your values and your money. We explore the interests you or your people have in specific conflicts. Then, we balance and merge them into action plans that create a lasting resolution. For more information, contact Nance Schick at 212.804.7039 or thirdear@nschicklaw.com.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City, where she works with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, labor managers, risk managers, and executives to generate results beyond the boundaries of their imaginations. She is committed to creating a unified human race by empowering people to have lives they forgot were possible.