A weekly podcast for working dads in leadership positions who want to thrive at work and home.

S2E9 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Do you know how to holiday? Does it take you a few days to unwind before it’s time to return to the office? One of the benefits of reducing extreme hours is more holiday. Holidays benefit us two ways. One, time with the family. Two, time away from work meaning that when we […]

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S2E8 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Time to think more deeply about why it is so hard to change our mindset about work. How to move from a busy to a focussed mindset. This week we explore how to create a new, broader identity. By doing this you will open up new possibilities. You will do this by choosing […]

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S2E7 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Not “I feel obsolete”. This is what a working dad living and working in Chicago told me this week. That creeping feeling that our best days are behind us. Head down, working harder than ever is not the answer. Everyone suffers in the end. Better to re-imagine ourselves. To create a new vision of […]

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S2E6 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Do you work 95 hour weeks? This has been a top business story this week. And it relates to our topic – what if you worked less? This week we focus on the exericse the Daisy Dowling shared. It takes 15 minutes, a pen and paper. By doing this and listening to this […]

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S2E5 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Week five. By now I hope you are thinking about unproductive versus productive work. As so many of us are tethered to our desks it is easy to, well, keep working. But this exhausts us and keeps us away from our families. This week the challenge is to remove the next hour from […]

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S2E5 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Pick one skill you want to develop. Then cut out half an hour from meeting time next week to focus on this skill. By doing this you will a) continue to remove unproductive time and b) be investing in your development (an intangible asset most likey to yield benefits for you). This is […]

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S2E4 – What if dad worked less? Bonus episode

Episode Notes Today, I ask US-based expert Daisy Dowling to share her tips and techniques to help working dads in senior positions to thrive at work and home. There is a brillant exercise she recommends.

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S2E3 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Time to remove the third hour from next week. Each hour saved can be reused more productively – for learning and development, say. Time poor working dads need easy ways to reduce the pressure to work longer and harder and faster than ever. That is why reducing the working week by an hour […]

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S2E2 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes Time to save another hour of unproductive time. Next week you will have an additional two hours of time to learn and recover. By learning how to reduce the number of hours worked you will increase your productivity and overall satisfaction. That means being a better, less stressed dad. We take control of […]

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S2E1 – What if dad worked less?

Episode Notes What if dad worked less? Well, mums for one might be under less pressure to keep the show on the road. Do you still think hours not outcomes? Does your employer? Over the next ten weeks learn a process to reduce your working week by one hour a week. By week ten you […]

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S2E1 – Save 10 hours in ten week

Welcome to Series Two. The goal for the next ten weeks is to remove one hour or unproductive time per week. Imagine how you could better use 10 hours. To help you we will focus on one question: What if dad worked less? You will learn how to remove an hour a week (think Jenga). […]

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S1E1 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes There is one question to focus on during series two: What if dad worked less? For the next 10 weeks we will explore one consequence of working less. e.g.less time on zoom, less time in response mode, more time to think and plan. The challenge will be to reduce your working week by […]

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S1E10 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Today, a brief summary of the importance of recovery. Recovery is the middle space between work and life which often gets neglected. Using the Think-Act-Learn approach you will be supported to make small weekly changes which over time will result in big changes. By investing in your own recovery you will be more productive and […]

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S1E9 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes One vital parameter is sleep. Get too little and you won’t be as productive next day. Lack of sleep is a particular change for working dads. One because we are working later and two because we might not sleep so well due the pressures and stresses we carry around. If you don’t get […]

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S1E8 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

This week we are focussing on daily exercise. Short periods of daily exercise give you a break, a little time to recover. Like mealtimes they are an essential recovery tactic. Using the three-step process (Think-Act-Learn) try to incorporate 15 minutes of exercise outside. Even better, if you are at home with the kids get them […]

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S1E7 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes This week the focus is on family times as a technique for incorporating parameters between work and life. Eating together provides nourishment for all. You will hear stories from those working dads who benefit from time away from work to share meals.

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S1E6 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

This week it is time to put in place parameters, dividing work and home life. Not easy to do when you might be working from home. But in fact parameters become even more important. I suggest that carving out small chunks of time to recover is a skill and a necessity in our always-on culture. […]

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S1E5 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes What are your parameters between work and home? As a working dad it is easy for work to take over. Working from home can result in greater stress. Where is the transition between work and home life?    Last week you were encouraged to go for two Walk it Out sessions. This week it’s time […]

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S1E4 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Four  Welcome to episode Four. During this episode you will schedule two 15-minute Walk It Out sessions per week. At the start of the week to prepare and at the end of the week to review the week. This is the first Recovery Practice for Working dads in leadership positions. Next week you will […]

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S1E3 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes Time to learn the first recovery practice: Walk it Out. You will be encouraged to incorporate this practice into your week using the three-step process designed for working dads in leadership positions. Each week from now on walk outside for a minimum of 15 minutes per week. The benefits of more time outside […]

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Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

Episode Notes You are working hard and trying to be the best dad you can. Trouble is, work is demanding. Always more to do. And home life is demanding. One of the skills to build is called Recovery: the skill of taking time to recover your mental and physical energy – daily, weekly and monthly.

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Introduction

Episode Notes Welcome to the first episode. Stand by each friday for a thought, an action and a learning. This is about your thriving at work and as a working parent. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

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Work is like sand: it gets everywhere

Work is there all the time. Even when we are not at work and not working it is there for many of us: our thoughts are mostly dominated by work. Our smartphones mean that work is like a shadow – it is always there next to us. But we’re told that technology will liberate us. […]

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Five questions for working dads

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/stay-at-home-mums-have-become-ararity-7l0ktmcn9 Questions to ponder from an article in today’s Times: 1) ” … male employment is increasingly fragile …” How do you prepare for remaining employable long into your 50s, 60s, 70s? 2) “The change to two-earning couples managing and juggling even the youngest children has come round so fast that other things haven’t caught […]

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TREAT YOUR SHELVES

Only read this if you will buy a children’s book this week Coaching a senior finance executive last week, it struck me how the wisdom of children’s stories can benefit adults as much as children. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt reminded Helen that she has choices about how to tackle a difficult situation. She had reserves […]

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FATHERS. STAY: small changes, big benefits

Only read this if you are a Dad working long hours…

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REMAINS OF THE DAY

Read this if you always say you’re too busy but you want to find ways to do something you enjoy

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How To Concentrate

I notice the poor quality of my concentration most when I am playing with my sons…

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Is The School Play In Your Diary?

Only read this if you will commit to attend three school events in 2017

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Do You Suffer From Fomo?

Only read this if you know you could cut by a quarter the number of hours you spend in meetings next week

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Don’t Miss Out On The School Run

Read this if you’d like to talk to your boss about doing the school run

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Off switch

Only read this if you have booked your family holiday and want a total break from work.

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Reduce to produce

Only read this if you’re prepared to walk or cycle for 15 minutes today with your phone off

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S4E2 – Summertime and the living is hard

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S4E1 – Summertime and the living is hard

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/cede72e6-8de8-4ba0-bb4d-2c8d24a41596.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes How to reduce hours worked this summer   This is the focus for the rest of...

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We partner those like us

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/b797cf4e-ac1d-451e-b66c-fc4d1c510685.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Jennifer Petriglieri is a Professor at INSEAD. She's authored a book called 'Couples that Work'. Jennifer...

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Learn how to use a model designed for working dads to make changes

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/483ddfac-5cef-434a-a3cc-d9b2cf6e04ef.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Today I share the two capabiliites required for a Thrive Mindset. The Thrive Mindset is based...

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Bonus Episode: changing the game for working dads from the off

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/46bbdb2b-6f97-47a8-b6c1-f8b12ce610b4.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Author and ooach, Jessica shares her four tips about how to create cultures in which working...

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Learn how to use a model designed for working dads to make changes

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/69f7d38f-0ac2-4d44-9068-627cc7be9b61.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Today we see how the model can help you to know if you are working for...

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Learn how to use a model designed for working dads to make changes

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/80c40c09-4a9f-4f9f-a7a0-5781811300df.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Today, we will apply the model to your organisation. What is the culture like where you...

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Learn how to use a model designed for working dads to make changes

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/1fd4fb35-1dfb-4b3a-972d-645ea47fffb8.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Finding time to think in a busy world is tough. This is why I've developed this...

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Bonus episode: avoiding burnout for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/f569ef40-d0cd-4267-bd59-95cebcd1819b.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes A master skill is: how to avoid burnout. Many of the ways to switch off from...

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S3E1 – Learn how to use a model designed for working dads to make changes

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/43ad6492-d8de-4832-a09e-445535247f21.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Introducing a new model that you will learn about and implement over the next ten weeks....

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S2E10 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/f250a7f3-8a34-40e4-8b5c-71469aef6a9b.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Most of the working dads I coach put in 60 + hours a week. But they...

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S2E9 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/b7cfc042-8119-4644-b799-0ce7e554d301.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Do you know how to holiday? Does it take you a few days to unwind before...

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S2E8 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/f2c25082-57d0-4514-a242-317a3d469657.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Time to think more deeply about why it is so hard to change our mindset about...

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S2E7 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/43be9a6d-1a41-4c7a-abf6-5b33d05a9cbf.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Not "I feel obsolete". This is what a working dad living and working in Chicago told me...

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S2E6 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/797e5db1-3a76-4939-8cf6-91924c5e675b.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Do you work 95 hour weeks? This has been a top business story this week. And...

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S2E5 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/a092e719-c390-4cc3-8675-8ecb4319f6a4.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Week five. By now I hope you are thinking about unproductive versus productive work. As so...

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S2E5 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/b3d4ba47-bdbd-4e27-a5ff-0079100ddca7.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Pick one skill you want to develop. Then cut out half an hour from meeting time...

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S2E4 – What if dad worked less? Bonus episode

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/a792ef50-62f9-496d-ab09-c73e7f692b0b.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Today, I ask US-based expert Daisy Dowling to share her tips and techniques to help working...

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S2E3 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/ac346dad-006d-4d29-994a-a47dc8b5d057.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Time to remove the third hour from next week. Each hour saved can be reused more...

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S2E2 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/9f7bf5a6-3297-460c-a035-1b4210872937.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Time to save another hour of unproductive time. Next week you will have an additional two...

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S2E1 – What if dad worked less?

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/d0bb0d08-f889-45d2-8e2d-0991b058c5ef.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes What if dad worked less? Well, mums for one might be under less pressure to keep...

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S2E1 – Save 10 hours in ten week

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/2a0ff2eb-2139-4439-8654-d551eabfce08.mp3" preload="none"] Welcome to Series Two. The goal for the next ten weeks is to remove one hour or...

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S1E1 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/0bfba626-5964-436f-ac8f-1e71a537fd24.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes There is one question to focus on during series two: What if dad worked less? For...

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S1E10 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/ae1a90c3-2f16-4a8c-b3d1-5c6be1489edb.mp3?aid=522312d7-9042-4d3c-b9ca-5b1b89b6111f.mp3" preload="none"]Today, a brief summary of the importance of recovery. Recovery is the middle space between work and life...

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S1E9 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/e6bab153-7691-4754-ac26-8b493a508cb4.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes One vital parameter is sleep. Get too little and you won't be as productive next day....

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S1E8 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/6af9dd25-c207-43c1-b4a3-a0c08e391561.mp3" preload="none"]This week we are focussing on daily exercise. Short periods of daily exercise give you a break, a...

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S1E7 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/7820a641-fbc6-48ea-b8ff-e86bf56db314.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes This week the focus is on family times as a technique for incorporating parameters between work...

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S1E6 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/4b3188d1-ed47-455a-b6dd-c48e01fe1391.mp3" preload="none"]This week it is time to put in place parameters, dividing work and home life. Not easy to...

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S1E5 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/19b0bd6d-5468-4431-bb8e-c120893f9886.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes What are your parameters between work and home? As a working dad it is easy for...

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S1E4 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/6f8edefd-577b-4107-9352-4d5e5679c3fb.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Four  Welcome to episode Four. During this episode you will schedule two 15-minute Walk It Out sessions...

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S1E3 – Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/f305b009-0496-4ccf-beb2-2e842b10e333.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Time to learn the first recovery practice: Walk it Out. You will be encouraged to incorporate...

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Recovery for working dads in leadership positions

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/939d5cca-ccea-4682-92bb-bf71ef39b9d0.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes You are working hard and trying to be the best dad you can. Trouble is, work...

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Introduction

[audio src="https://pinecast.com/listen/30b70d74-67d0-4663-9275-eb080bf9cdb5.mp3" preload="none"]Episode Notes Welcome to the first episode. Stand by each friday for a thought, an action and a...

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Work is like sand: it gets everywhere

Work is there all the time. Even when we are not at work and not working it is there for...

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Five questions for working dads

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/stay-at-home-mums-have-become-ararity-7l0ktmcn9 Questions to ponder from an article in today's Times: 1) " ... male employment is increasingly fragile ..." How...

TREAT YOUR SHELVES

Only read this if you will buy a children’s book this week Coaching a senior finance executive last week, it...

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A Need to Get Active – Edward’s story

Edward, 38, sports nut, is a corporate lawyer at a top global firm with two boys, eight and ten. His...

Old and tired before his time – Amit’s story

Amit used to wake up several times each night to check and respond to emails. He read over 300 client...

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Too busy to enjoy being a parent – Amanda’s story

Amanda, 44, an HR director at a European mobile phone company, feels too guilty to take an afternoon off to...

FATHERS. STAY: small changes, big benefits

Only read this if you are a Dad working long hours “A new normal for working parents is definitely on...

REMAINS OF THE DAY

How to make the summer solstice tomorrow your shortest day Please read on if you always say you’re too busy...

How To Concentrate

I notice the poor quality of my concentration most when I am playing with my sons. Even though focusing my...

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Is The School Play In Your Diary?

Recently I hosted a dinner for ten senior directors at a FTSE 100 company. One of them described the most...

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Do You Suffer From Fomo?

Ian, 41, rarely sees his 17-month-old daughter during the week and is too tired at the weekend to enjoy his...

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Don’t Miss Out On The School Run

During our coaching session Peter (not his real name) said: “The highlight of my week was picking up my six-year-old...

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Off switch

Many business leaders I coach talk with pride about being available 24/7 on family holidays. They belong to my generation,...

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Reduce to produce

“You busy?” “Crazy busy. You?” “Manic.” Said this recently? If so, it’s time to consider developing a 21st-century, robot-proof (yes,...

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Real Life Examples

Too Busy To Enjoy Being A Parent?

Amanda, 44, an HR director at a European mobile phone company, feels too guilty to take an afternoon off to...

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Old And Tired Before Your Time?

Amit used to wake up several times each night to check and respond to emails. He read over 300 client...

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Get Active

Edward, 38, sports nut, is a corporate lawyer at a top global firm with two boys, eight and ten. His...

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Mark’s coaching featured inThe Sunday Times, 27 May 2017, ‘All work, no play’:  A new normal for working parents is definitely on the horizon