In some companies, departments become silos. Departments do not want to work with other departments or share information with other departments. This hurts the company as a whole. Every department in a company needs to work together for the company to be successful. I think we can do something similar to ourselves, too, if we are not careful.
I don’t think we can separate our professional lives from our personal lives. It is one life after all, just different aspects. Even within our professional life or our personal life, we have different roles that we need to fulfill. We might be a supervisor, an employee, a supplier, and a customer in our professional life. We might be a spouse, parent, child, and friend in our personal life.
Although we might need to focus on one role at a time, all the other roles are still there in the background. We can’t silo them off. We can’t isolate aspects of our life from each other. We need to acknowledge them all and find a way to balance them all.
We can also take what we learn from one role and apply it to other roles. For example, what we learn about customer service when we are the customer can be applied to situations when we are the supplier to improve the customer service we provide. What we learn about people in either our professional or personal life can be used in the other. For example, the concept of “leading by example” is not that different for employees as it is for children. If you want either your employees or children to be honest, then you have to be honest.
What it really comes down to is that we need to find a way to accept and balance all aspects of our lives and not pretend that only one exists at a time.