Hi. I’m Kelly Piacsek, General Manager, Global Technologies at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, WI. I have a wonderful husband (Tom) and three amazing and energetic children, Jackson (7), Lucas (5) and Reagan (2). We rely on each other and our amazing extended family to navigate school activities, sports schedules, birthdays, off-hour teleconferences, business travel and lots of surprises.
Families work together to make each other better, and my “work family” is no exception. Just as I couldn’t succeed in my job without help and encouragement from home, I am also blessed to have a GE team who understands my personal priorities as a mom and my desire to be present in those little moments that make life worth living. For me, flexibility is about being honest about your priorities so that team members, at work or at home, can support each other in what’s important. When you can achieve this, you really don’t have to choose.
As my family has grown, I have come to appreciate the value of great coaches. I have amazing people in my life who push me, encourage me and frequently lead me through life’s challenges. Having coaches who know my strengths and my struggles, and who celebrate my successes as their own, allows me to set priorities and hold myself accountable every day.
I encourage you to embrace those people in your life who make you better. The concept of “work-life balance” is somewhat elusive to me, but I believe we can achieve “harmony” when we work with people who truly care for one another. We have an important responsibility to set priorities, communicate them, and follow through on our commitments, both at home and at work. When you’re not sure what to do or how to do it, look around you – help is everywhere. You just have to ask.