Having It All ... And Making It Work: Six Steps for Putting Both Your Career and Your Family First (Financial Times Prentice Hall Books)

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9780131440227: Having It All ... And Making It Work: Six Steps for Putting Both Your Career and Your Family First (Financial Times Prentice Hall Books)

Working 24x7? Delaying life until it's too late? You have the ability stop! Having it All ...and Making it Work is a fast-paced, easy-to-use book offering you a new pathway towards managing personal life and professional life--without sacrificing either one of them. This book isn't just more whining and exhortation: it delivers specific, bite-sized, no-fluff solutions for managing your life, including crucial execution steps you can take immediately. Mills teaches you how to identify and balance what's most important to you--and give up what you don't want badly enough. He also shows how to make the balance real, not just talk; how to make career decisions that promote balance; and how to make course corrections that refine your balance over time. Mills also exposes the potentially disastrous myths and rationalizations many people use to avoid the realities of work/life imbalance--fallacies like "I'll devote all my time to work for 15 years, get rich, and then I'll pay attention to family." Mills' breakthrough work/life courses at the Harvard Business School are helping business people find the balance they're searching for. The techniques he's developed will help anyone struggling to get a grasp on the work/life balance challenge.

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Having It All...and Making It Work is a six-step action plan for resolving the conflicts between work and your personal life--without sacrificing either one.

This book is both simple and profound. It provides practical tips, tools, and guidelines to help professionals have a better life and achieve what is really important. Marshall Goldsmith—named in The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten executive educators.

One hour with this book can make a lifetime of difference. The authors offer a practical framework with useful insights on managing the conflicting priorities of work and family. Joel Shulman, Associate Professor, and Robert Weissman Term Chair of Entrepreneurship, Babson College.

I like this concept of balance because it takes into account the reality of conflicting priorities. When your work and family are both very important to you, as they are to me and most of my professional friends, how do you cope? I've opted for a work situation that allows me to be very involved with my wife in the challenging role of parenting. Steve Young, ESPN broadcaster and two-time NFL MVP.

Work/life balance is one of the most daunting personal challenges that individual managers face today. Mills, Mattu, and Hornby have done an exceptional job in putting together a very readable and practical guide to overcoming that challenge—and turning the frustration of imbalance into the joy of balance. Oren Harari, Ph.D., author of The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell.

I am impressed with this book and plan to use it in my courses on Organizational Leadership. It will be an important addition to our curriculum. My students will be well served by such wisdom. Michael Quigley, Professor of Organizational Leadership, Brevard College.

This is not just another intimidating book on balancing your life—it is an approachable, realistic look at the age-old question: which comes first, family or career? Its solutions are practical, hopeful, and principled. Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Working 24/7? Delaying your life until it's too late?

In Having It All...and Making It Work, author D. Quinn Mills, along with Sasha K. Mattu and Kirstin R. Hornby, share a six-step plan that will help you stay on track with everything that really matters...in your career and your personal life. The authors also expose the myths that lead many people to personal disaster: rationalizations like I'll focus on work for 15 years, get rich, and then I'll pay attention to family.

Next, they offer step-by-step guidance for moving from where you are to where you want to be. You'll discover a process that can lead you to balance, learn to give up what you don't want badly enough, manage your workplace's culture to give yourself space, involve your loved ones in creating balance, and, finally, learn how to stay in balance—or regain it if you slip off track.

No, you can't have everything. But when it comes to what matters most, you can have it all!

  • Life is not a zero-sum game! How to have a fast-track career and a fulfilling personal life.
  • No whining. No politics. Just solutions that work. Realistic, actionable techniques—not worthless talk!
  • Tradeoffs that don't compromise your true passions. Sacrificing what you can live without—and living with the consequences.
  • Reengineering your workplace culture. Finding space for your life in a challenging business environment.
  • Bringing your family into the process. You may be surprised by what they really want.
  • Keeping your balance for the rest of your life. Reassessing, refining, and rebalancing to stay on track.

About the Author:

D. Quinn Mills is Alfred J. Weatherhead Jr. Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has spent the past three years teaching courses dealing with the specific challenges faced by professionals who want to achieve better work/life balance.

A prolific author, his books include eLEADERSHIP: Winning in 21st Century Business and Not Like Our Parents: How the Baby Boom Generation Is Changing America. Mills advises major corporations and consulting firms and has been widely quoted in leading media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and NBC's Today Show. He is a Fellow of The National Academy of Human Resources.

Sasha K. Mattu, who has an honors degree in psychology from Harvard University, has been a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, where she worked on case studies related to competition and strategy for Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Thomson Corporation, and Ice-Fili. Prior to her position as Research Associate, she was an elite tennis player who played WTA Professional Satellite Tours. Working on this book has inspired her to return to her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she plans on pursuing the steps outlined in the book to achieve the work/life balance she wants.

Kirstin R. Hornby has been a Research Associate at Harvard Business School and is currently an MBA candidate at Northwestern University. A graduate of Princeton, she has served as marketing consultant for Ben & Jerry's nonprofit partnership and Leader for the Global Initiatives in a management trip to Botswana. She has spent months doing non-profit consulting in west Africa.

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