On March 15th, the Troy Team Building series kicked off with its first session focusing on work/life balance. This session was led by Carrie Krawiec, a licensed therapist from Birmingham Maple Clinic.


Krawiec provided a lively discussion that centered around the theory that in order to develop a balance between your work and personal life, you first need to be a happy person. She felt that much of the efforts to create a positive work/life balance begins with how we treat ourselves and adopting a positive attitude. She discussed adopting a 5:1 ratio which is a theory that says for every bad thought that enters our minds, you think of five positive thoughts which ultimately offset the bad ones.

Krawiec described creating healthy boundaries as a good work/life balance is not all about managing time. Boundaries = self-discipline and healthy management of time. (Happiness = Reality – Expectations)

When describing something or someone, avoid the word ‘should’ as it creates anxiety and also sets us up for failure.

Create good goals for yourself that are:
Future Focused
Can be broken in smaller steps

Redefine how you use your language:

The word: ‘settling’ is a negative word and we should avoid using it.

Finally, Krawiec shared problem solving steps we can all use:

  • State your goal (be positive, specific, think in the future)
  • Brainstorm (Be creative, all ideas are good ideas, be open minded)
  • Consider solutions (discuss pros and cons)
  • Rough out a plan (consider solutions, combine them and be realistic)
  • Write an agreement (Be specific and reward the success)
  • Try it out!

The next Troy Team Building session is on April 12th entitled Change is Good and will feature Professor Lee Meadows, Walsh College. He will cover:
Companies and teams need to evolve or die. This session will give you the ingredients for a successful change initiative and lets you navigate the tricky emotional waters when change happens, whether you’re in the driver’s seat or not. Help your people view change as a blessing instead of a curse by exploring practical tools and techniques to inspire them to become change agents.

Special thanks to our series sponsor McLaren Health Plan

Here are some testimonials from the team building event: