You may have been given the advice to never ask about working hours in investment banking during coffee chats, EIS, or any other occasion, if you want a shot at getting the job. It’s probably a good idea to follow that advice, but consider the impact it will have on your life. Perhaps ask yourself this question: Do I ever want to have children? You might not realize that the ratio of a “yes” from Wharton graduates has dropped more than half during the past 20 years.
Professor Stew Friedman, founding director of The Wharton School’s Work/Life Integration Project (W/LIP) and one of the professors for MGMT610, the first management and leadership class every Wharton student takes, has just released his new book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, published by Wharton Digital Press. The book reveals findings from two generations of Wharton undergraduate students as they completed their degrees. Good news from Stew – there is greater freedom of choice today for Millennial men and women and there is increased alignment in their attitudes about dual-career relationships in comparison to the Gen Xers in 1992. The bad news is that there are new constraints limiting everyone’s options. If you are interested in why so many young people are not planning to become parents, how views about work and family have changed over the past 20 years, and why men and women have different reasons for opting out of parenthood, you do not want to miss this book.
Under Stew’s direction since its early 1990s founding, the W/LIP made Wharton one of the first schools, and surely the first business school, to conduct research on and teach about work/life integration. When he was on academic leave in the late 1990s, serving as global head of leadership development for Ford Motor, his team created programs that put work/life issues at the center of leadership development.
Stew recalls when leadership, as a soft skill, was largely considered unteachable in business education, in contrast to the core hard skills, e.g., accounting and finance. Of course, “now people know that leadership is a must in business schools.” And, he adds, it’s more productive if you look at it from the point of view of the whole person.
If you don’t consciously examine what and who matter most to you and understand that you have the power to make changes in your work and in your whole life, you probably will never achieve satisfaction in life. “The key is to experiment and seek small wins,” Stew said. Anyone who aspires to become a more inspired, effective leader can use his proven method – Total Leadership – by using his best-selling book of the same name or by taking his course.
For more than a decade he’s been teaching a course, MGMT 671, in which people utilize tools and peer-coaching networks to learn how to be real, be whole, and be innovative by diagnosing, dialoguing, and discovering in a small group environment. In the course people experience all kinds of change. They find the importance of different goals in all aspects of life, and they win a lot of support to live a richer life. In a video, Wharton EMBA graduate Deika Morrison said, “In all the things I’ve done in my life, this course changed my life.”
Learn more about Baby Bust here: (http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/books/babybust/).