Let Go of the Idea of Balance

An HBR IdeaCast Interview with Stewart D. Friedman and Alyssa F. Westring

Quick Takes

  • See being a parent as an asset that you can bring to work
  • Regain your sense of control by taking a step back and reflecting
  • Don’t just tell your kids what to do; tell them why it’s important
  • Find four-way wins for your family
  • Be present wherever you are, whether at home or at work

CURT NICKISCH: This is HBR IdeaCast. I’m Curt Nickisch. When you try to balance the needs of a partner, children, a demanding boss—and even your own high bar of achievement—it can feel like you are always disappointing someone.

Work and parenting, say today’s guests, don’t need to be that way. In fact, making key decisions in your career, as a leader ...

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