At my other job, my boss and I made the cover of Harvard Business Review with this article on how top executives combine work and family. You have to pay for that article, unfortunately. But we wrote some blog posts that are both complementary (to the article) and complimentary:
A Successful International Assignment Depends on These Factors -- what you should think about before accepting an overseas transfer
What Does Success Mean to You -- the difference between subjective and objective success
Buying Gold -- our take on the phenomenon of athletes who take on a new citizenship in order to compete in the Olympics
Our article was also covered in Slate yesterday. Jessica Grose remarked on one of the gender differences we found:
The most disheartening thing about the survey results is that executives--both male and female--continue to see the tension between work and family as a women's problem. Male executives admit they don't prioritize their families enough, and they don't seem too bothered by it. They praise their spouses for taking over the homefront entirely, while female executives praise their spouses for not interfering with their careers ...
The one silver lining of the article is that the HBS students who interviewed the executives were dismayed by the findings. Both male and female students resisted the notion that you can't be an executive and also lead a balanced life. What remains to be seen is whether they'll do anything to change it decades from now when they're the ones in power.
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