As a leader who runs an organization that is a significant piece of the fabric of my community, I believe there is no clear delineation between work and personal life. For me, I have chosen not to draw an artificial barrier between the two.

My approach is to find harmony between life and work. I tend to think the relationship between work and my personal life not as a competition, but as one that feeds off of each other, making both stronger and more fulfilling.

The Natural Balance of Things | John Couris blog from Tampa General Hospital on Vimeo.

For those who know me, know I tend to be an “all-in” kind of guy. I love what I do and am passionate about it. I believe this makes me a better father, son, husband, friend and leader. So that being said, I try to enjoy the time I have outside of work, whether it be spending time with family, golfing with my buddies or volunteering at organizations for which I am passionate. And in return, this time away from work fuels me for when I come into the office, and I hope, makes me a better team member and leader. For me, there is no separation between work and life—it is all my life. Each part fuels the other and makes me who I am. Of course, I am incredibly lucky that my family is all-in with me in this adventure.

In this video, I talk about my approach and how to model that in my own team. I want to encourage folks not to feel the need to put their personal lives to the side to be a successful member of the team, and I want them to take pride and satisfaction in feeling fulfilled at work.

I want them to feel comfortable saying to me that they need to go to a soccer game, accompany a parent to a doctor’s appointment or take a yoga class. I know that those things bring them joy and are times to cherish. I want to celebrate their successes at work and push them to strive for the very best they can be, I know if they feel this satisfaction inside and outside of work, they will be happier and contribute more to all aspects of their lives.

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