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Work-Life Balance

The Big Idea for Friday, March 29, 2013

Sustaining a work-life balance in an unsustainable world of work is a tricky challenge. So who's responsibility is it? As Ellen Galinsky points out in today's lesson, the responsibility is best described as an "iron triangle," which represents the interest of the employee, the boss and the employee's greater social sphere.

To the extent that a successful work-life balance can be maintained, it requires contributions from all of these stakeholders. In other words, it truly takes a village to maintain a healthy work-life balance. 


  1. 1 How Far Do Women Have to Lean In?
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 Why "Having it All" Is Not Just About Having it All
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  3. 3 What Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Gets Right…
    Pamela Haag Harpy's Review
  4. 4 Gender, Education, and the Gender Gap: Blame It On the Kids?
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice

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