cover image CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age

CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age

Ellen Kossek, Brenda Lautsch, . . Pearson/Wharton School, $24.99 (183pp) ISBN 978-0-13-234999-4

In the always-available age of Blackberries, more and more of even the most accomplished individuals struggle to achieve a balance between the demands of work and personal/family life. Kossek and Lautsch, professors who have long been studying the success and failure of various flextime work arrangements, have made some interesting discoveries: satisfaction with work/life balance depends less on gender, family situation and occupation than on how people self-manage their careers. Thus the authors have mapped out the most common “flexstyles” and offer practical solutions for drawing the line between work and family to create a better life in both arenas. The book offers self-assessment questionnaires to help readers work out if they are “Integrators, Separators, or Volleyers,” depending on what life role is most important to them, and provides strategies, tips and tools from there. The authors' motivational, encouraging tone is infectious, the advice solid and easy to implement. Frazzled readers may benefit from this helpful and wise approach. (Jan.)