How do you interact with the various life domains that you experience each day? Do you carry experiences from one to another, or are you able to segregate each domain so it remains untouched by the others?

We are used to thinking of life in segregated ‘domains’. You have a ‘family’ life, a ‘work’ life, a ‘social’ life, a ‘spiritual’ life, a ‘love’ life…sometimes even a ‘secret’ life! Our culture over the past century has encouraged this view to the point that we often think of ourselves as having separate personalities, or ‘personas’, depending on the situation. Certainly there are different rules of behaviour depending on the circumstances and relationships with others, but does that necessarily make us different as individuals? Perhaps by attempting to define the boundaries around our various life experiences, we hope to somehow control what happens within those borders. In reality, however, is the separation between our various ‘lives’ only superficial, primarily affecting how we behave or respond to others? Experiences in one ‘life’ tend to spill over into the other ‘lives’, no matter how much we try to control the effects within each domain.

 I’ve found many studies and papers that look at the roles, behaviours, attitudes and responses of individuals within the specific parameters defined by one of our many domains: workplace, home, social groups, faith, etc. There are few studies, though, looking at how events and experiences in one of these domains affect us in the other domains. This project is looking for those links through your own stories, and observations. Perhaps by sharing our own experiences, we can work together to build bridges between our many life domains and look for clues to an integrated life.

Share your views, your experiences and your observations by participating in the Work Life Stories Project:

I’ve just come back from an IT Governance conference presented by ISACA and ITGI, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard as many references to Business/IT Alignment in such a short period of time!  I know I’ve been saying for a couple of years that this is the up&coming hot topic, but it appears to be pervasive now.  Every organization, industry and executive is searching for the elusive ‘holy grail’ that will provide alignment of their business strategy with the IT agenda.  Unfortunately, most of them are looking in the wrong place – trying desperately to take something that currently exists in IT and turn it into a magic bullet for alignment.  It’s just a matter of time before they reach the same conclusion I did some time ago: Business/IT Alignment isn’t a one time project, but a change to the culture, communications and business processes within an organization.  We have a distinct advantage for taking this to our clients because we’re (still) ahead of the pack.   Now we just need to find the clients who are ready to ask the right questions!