Episode #32 The Problem With Balance - Caroline Flanagan

Episode #32 The Problem With Balance

Is balance your goal?

If yes, you’re not alone. It’s the number one response I get to the question “how can I help? What do you want?”

But there’s a problem with choosing balance as your objective and that’s because it’s so vague. Most people I ask really struggle to define what it means to them. In other words, they say they want a goal, but they don’t really know what that goal looks or feels like, let alone how they are going to get it or measure their progress towards it.

In this podcast episode, I offer you an alternative view of balance – that balance is a doing thing, not a being thing. It takes work! It requires action! And the good news is that the rewards are available to you every day.

When you embrace balance as a doing thing, everything changes. Suddenly, it’s no longer all about your boss or your office culture, your clients or your team. It’s about you and how good you are at shifting and adapting, testing and tweaking the many different balance strategies and tools at your disposal.

Stop wishing or hoping to have better balance. Roll your sleeves up, get your hands dirty and practice the art of balance until you’ve mastered it and can enjoy it.


When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management