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Paperback The Balancing Act: Mastering the Five Elements of Success in Life, Relationships, and Work Book

ISBN: 0892817763

ISBN13: 9780892817764

The Balancing Act: Mastering the Five Elements of Success in Life, Relationships, and Work

- Highly effective strategies that help people and businesses succeed using the five elements of water, air, earth, fire, and ether. - The five elements represent emotion, mind, body, drive, and soul. - Presents case studies from Seivert's organizational and executive clients in financial services, health care, government, academics, technology, retail, and marketing. - The unique tools in The Balancing Act can be applied equally well to businesses,...


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BASIC TRUTHS by Julia Carroll, M.A., A.T.R., author of Healed by Light

"Basic truths have been recorded in every language for time memorial. The Balancing Act is a consumate study of these basic truths - the philosophies by which we can successfully pattern our lives. This volume weaves multi-colored threads into a fabric that provides a portal into these masteries and more. At first perusal you may think, "this is familiar." I ask you to dig deeper, for Sharon has eloquently and brilliantly given you a gift - a map - answering every question you could possibly want for a successful life. Sharon Seivert is an extraordinary author of vanguard vintage. We are most fortunate that she has encompassed complex mysteries into basic truths. You will want to keep this book on your desk at all times."

A Spiritual Approach to Life Balance

More Americans are talking about seeking balance in their lives. Many of them have actually gone beyond talking and are on the quest. The Balancing Act is one of a number of books that have been written (and will be written) on this topic. Seivert, a business consultant and executive coach, has put together a design that suggests five areas that need to be brought into an appropriate balance for you: Personal Life, Relationships, Leadership, Organizations, and World. Various chapters of this book are keyed to the five elements; others are presented as being of general interest to the reader. This approach and book organization (the chapters are coded in the table of contents) enables the reader to concentrate, during first or subsequent readings, on those areas of greatest interest. Two appendices and an index provide additional support.The book is organized into three parts: Finding Your Balance in Life, Relationships, and Work; The Five Elements of Success; and The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts. The first section, pre-chapters, offers almost three dozen pages of introductory material on Finding Your Balance, The Elements of Success, and The Great Ally Inside You. Readers will find a collection of worksheets to engage in some self-analysis before proceeding into the meat of the book.The text is heavy on spirituality, as opposed to books focused on life activities and common sense advice. Seivert's elements: air, fire, water, and earth are discussed in the context of balancing them in the way you lead your life. If you are receptive to a deep spiritual approach to life, you'll enjoy this book. If you are not engaged by this approach, it will be difficult to connect with this presentation.

A valuable tool in the therapeutic process.

Sharon Seivert's insightful understanding of the process of emotional growth provides clients with new avenues to deepen their involvement in their own therapy.

a book with soul

I have "The Balancing Act" side-by-side with my "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." I find this book to be even more insightful than Mr. Covey's in helping me articulate who I am, what my core beliefs are, and how to balance this with the rest of my other elements.... It's like soul music that just reaches into your very being.


Sharon Seivert is a very wise woman who has developed a powerful model that will indeed improve the quality of your relationships to your life, your work, and your community. Using Sharon's simple yet not simplistic assessment tools, you will discover where you are out of balance in your life or your organization, and then learn how to create an alignment of the five elements. Her lessons are comprehensive yet practical and clearly defined. If you are ready to change your life, get this book!
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