Leadership on Point

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

August 23, 2012 Richard Levin

I have come to a disappointing realization.  It is now 14 years since my colleagues and I published our much-talked-about book, Shared Purpose, whose premise was that employers, families, communities, governments, and schools must work together to address the work/family imbalance facing working parents.  At the time, we urged our readers not to view “work and family” as a women’s issue, but as a serious challenge we must collectively address as a society.

It is why I am so saddened to read Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic: “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”, whose conclusion is that society has reneged on its commitment to working moms and has continued to place the burden of “work/life balance” on women.  (Anne-Marie Slaughter is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and the mother of two teenage boys. She served as the director of policy planning at the State Department from 2009 to 2011.)

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Is Multi-Tasking Affecting Our Success and Failure at Work?

February 16, 2011 Jessica Levin - Guest Author

The art of multitasking, Richard Levin & Associates, executive coaching, coaches

There aren’t enough hours in the day. We’re constantly on the go, continuously worrying about the tasks we have to accomplish. A mother rushes to get her kids to school while talking on the phone in her car, changing the radio station, and eating a granola bar — all the while trying to focus on the road. A doctor spends five minutes with a patient, entering data into electronic medical records, taking notes, checking his blackberry and beeper for emergency notices, and hurries on to the next patient.

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