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Balancing Act : How Managers Can Integrate Successful Careers and Fulfilling Personal Lives - Joan R. Kofodimos

Balancing Act

How Managers Can Integrate Successful Careers and Fulfilling Personal Lives

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Published: 10th September 1993
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Career-driven men and women have emerged from the greed-oriented eighties to discover the emptiness of their single-minded pursuit of fast-track careers. As the final wave of baby boomers flowed into the professional work force in the past decade, their dissenting voices and changing desires and expectations challenged the status quo of work/life balance upheld by previous generations. As the pressures for harder work and longer hours have increased, we struggle to find value in our personal lives and to spend more time with family and friends. But in order to cultivate a successful balance between career and personal life, fundamental change is required - both in ourselves and in organizations. In Balancing Act, Joan Kofodimos points out that the root causes of work/life conflict are embedded in the American social character. She examines the shifting demographic, economic, and social forces - the changing gender roles, harsher economic realities, and dual-career families - that pull managers and executives out of balance. Drawing on ten years of research, consulting, and training on the topic she describes the costs of imbalance to individuals and organizations and tells how to restore equilibrium. Throughout the book, the author provides numerous checklists and self-assessment tools to help determine the degree and the nature of imbalance in our lives and in our organizations. She outlines a step-by-step process for personal change that can lead to an improved quality of life. In addition, she provides individuals with a blueprint for initiating organizational changes that jointly optimize personal development and organizational effectiveness.

"The definitive guide for finding balance in our personal and organizational lives. I have added Joan Kofodimos's insightful work to the 'must-read list' for our executive programs." --Robert W. Conroy, M.D., director, Menninger Management Institute

Introduction: Facing the High Costs of Imbalance in Our Lives
1. The Time/Energy Imbalance: Putting Work Above All Else
2. The Mastery/Intimacy Imbalance: Finding Fulfillment Exclusively Through Work
3. The Idealized Image: Trying to Be Who We Think We Should Be
4. Choosing Personal Balance: How and Where to Start Changing
5. Assessing the Costs of Imbalance for Individuals and Organizations
6. Creating the Balanced Organization
Afterword: The Balance Revolution

ISBN: 9781555425081
ISBN-10: 1555425089
Series: Jossey-Bass Management
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 10th September 1993
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.05  x 2.04
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1