Laura Butler grew up in New York City in the NBC recording studio listening to her dad as the voice of NBC Nightly News. As a child she wanted to go out and play, but as an adult she realized that those hours listening to her father taught her some of the most priceless lessons of her life. Today Butler uses those skills she learned early in life to help women effectively integrate their work and their personal lives and to let go of the idea of balance.
“I learned how to present, speak and engage in communication at a very young age,” said Butler. “I wanted to go out and play, but it was the best coaching I’d ever received to hear and learn the power of voice from a true professional, and it was an amazing thing.”
Twenty years ago Laura Butler and her husband David started WorkLife Performance Consulting as a way to coach individuals and organizations to better integrate and develop themselves. As David’s background was in acting in New York, it seemed natural that the two work together in helping people rehearse more effectively to be ready for their lives.
“Opportunities in work and life are performance-based; we can rehearse, but we don’t rehearse enough,” said Butler. “WorkLife’s training and development coaching helps to integrate clients’ goals with their everyday lives.”
Two years ago Butler started WorkLife for Women, and she works today with individuals, students and companies to help with the integration of work and life. She stresses that it’s difficult to attain balance in work and life but we can strive for integration. “WorkLife for Women started with a focus on enhancing the communication skills of women and their ability to articulate more clearly their vision and values in a compelling way. Butler uses the Birkman Personal and Professional Motivational Assessment with her clients. Similar to her background in healthcare the first step is to “diagnose” current state. In a simplified explanation the Birkman assessment helps Butler answer four important questions:
- What are my passions and interests?
- What are my strengths and style?
- What do I need from my environment?
- What are my stresses and what needs of mine aren’t being met?
Once the Birkman Test is completed Butler helps her clients define four more questions:
- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- Where am I going? What are my personal and professional goals?
- What do I need to change in order to get myself going in the right direction? What facets of my personal and professional life do I need to alter in order to start this process?
From there Butler says that it’s all about measurement, accountability and creating attainable and realistic goals.
“A large part of coaching is acting as the accountability buddy,” said Butler. “It’s my job to make sure that my clients are organized and integrated with their work and life and don’t allow the tyranny of the 24/7 lifestyle of today detract from their goals.”
Today Butler leads workshops for companies, works with individuals who are hoping to make a career move, (vertically or laterally), helps develop leadership skills with clients and supports women in finding ways to achieve work and life integration.
“The idea that we can have everything balanced needs to be reframed. There’s no such thing as balance,” said Butler. “But we can learn to let go of certain stresses, stop beating ourselves up, learn to move on from mistakes and stop resenting that we can’t have it all. We allow too many of the little, unimportant things to overcomplicate our lives. And that’s why I’m here to help.”
Laura Butler, entrepreneur, public speaker and WorkLife motivational coach and consultant is President of WorkLife for Women, an enterprise guiding women in finding their unique mix in the blend of work and life. Integrating work and life by raising three boys while maintaining a career, she has created her personal formula for managing the WorkLife agenda. Today Laura works with people from all walks of life struggling to successfully integrate work with life.