HCMx Radio: How to Find the Right Balance Between Work and Life

As we wrap up 2015, managing everything that needs to get done both at work and at home can be overwhelming. A topic that is always relevant is finding balance and harmony in all that you do.

Michelle Vielledent from Edwards Lifesciences joins our show again to discuss the types of practical approaches she finds helpful in adding more value in her life so that she can manage  time and stress more effectively to drive positive and meaningful outcomes.JPEG-1400-Pixel-HCMx-Logo

The timing of this topic was also so applicable to what our team is focused on at Brandon Hall Group – this is actually the theme in our upcoming HCM Excellence 2016 Conference in January. Our keynote and breakout sessions weave in discussions around high-performance resilience, driving excellence, and being ready for the future workforce.

We all struggle with finding time to get everything done – when I’m feeling overwhelmed, my husband, Mike Cooke, often tells me, “We all have one thing in common and that is we all have the same amount of time, but how you manage your time and priorities, and what you find meaningful and what you accomplish is what separates us.”

I continue to search for strategies to help with being more organized through tools like Wunderlist that keeps me afloat on my tasks that I can share with my team at work or at home with my kids and husband. It’s also so important to take care of your health – find time to take a short walk every day if you can’t afford 30 minutes or more to go to the gym. Eating right is also critical to feeling good.  Be organized – take time throughout the week to prepare your meals so that you have quick, healthy and easy-to-eat snacks – so you don’t over indulge on junk.  Your health is so important and if you are not feeling well, other areas suffer.  As human beings we find fulfillment through achieving, but when it comes to work, at what cost? Make sure you continuously assess and reflect on what you can do to drive more meaning in all that you do and that you don’t focus on areas that are not as important to you.

We will be conducting more research on wellness programs next year.  We also added an Awards Category for Best Wellness Program.  We look forward to seeing what companies are doing do support this area.  Michelle talks about some great examples they are doing at Edwards Lifesciences. To learn further about practical ways to weave in more purpose –particularly in your learning programs and how to push resilience to have sustainable high performance in your organization — listen to our radio show. You can download it anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group


Recorded December 16, 2015.



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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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