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 either 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.
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Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a New York City attorney and mediator who focuses on keeping people out of court and building their conflict resolution skills, especially in business and employment disputes. Her holistic, integrative approach to conflict resolution draws from her experience as a crime victim, human resources supervisor, minor league sports agent, litigant, and trial attorney. She is a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She is also creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (Finalist, 2013 Pitch Competition).