Managing Work During a Family Crisis

by Sabina Nawaz

Quick Takes

  • Manage the flow of information
  • Clarify your preferences and expectations
  • Take care of yourself every day
  • Find strength in numbers

I had two conversations in the same week. One with the minister and my parents on how to conduct my mother’s impending memorial service. The other was a meeting with my son and his psychiatrist about how to have a plan for when he is suicidal,” said Rhonda, a senior manager and thought leader in her field.

One day amid a flourishing career, you might find your personal life in crisis and threatening to upend your professional life. If so, you’re not alone.

“When you’re successful like I’ve been in my career, you pick positive adjectives for yourself. ...

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