Ending the War B etween Work and Family

Ending the War B etween Work and Family

Ending the War Between Work and Family Senge, Chapter 16 THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE Introduction Finding a balance between work and

family--number one issue Learning organizations will, Senge believes, end the imbalance between work and family Personal visions are multifaceted--personal, professional and family lives The boundary between work and family is anathema to system thinkers Prepared by James R. Burns The Structure of Work/Family Imbalance Success to the Successful Archetype, page 308

Prepared by James R. Burns Success to the Successful Desire for work time Success in work Time in work Time in family Desire for family time Prepared by James R. Burns Success in family

This is very unstable Once it starts to drift one way or another, it will tend to continue to drift There are several reasons why it tends to drift toward more and more time at work Income pushing ahead at work becomes a convenient excuse for avoiding the anguish of going home to an unhappy spouse

The imbalance is not self-correcting--it gets worse over time Prepared by James R. Burns The Futility of Managing your Life Within this Structure One-time improvements in family tend to get overwhelmed by escalating

pressures at work Eventually, people realize that the structure itself must get changed Prepared by James R. Burns The Individuals Role in changing the structure Is it really your vision to have a balance between work and family? Making a conscious choice will entail setting

clear personal goals for time at home. being home for dinner, giving up weekends for family, reduce evening business meetings Be willing to pay a price for taking a stand for a vision of balance between work and family Prepared by James R. Burns The Organizations Role

By fostering such conflict, orgs. distract and un-empower their members By fostering such conflict, orgs. fail to exploit a potential synergy that can exist between learning orgs, learning individuals, learning families Bill OBrien says the skills of leadership in a learning organization are the skills of effective parenting. Prepared by James R. Burns What does Leading involve in a Learning Organization?

Supporting people in clarifying and pursuing their own visions Helping people discover underlying causes of problems, and empowering them to make choices Looking for synergy between productive family and productive work life Prepared by James R. Burns

Senge believes these changes will lead more organizations to undo divisive pressures and demands that create family/work imbalances orgs will acknowledge that strong companies cannot be built on a foundation of broken homes and strained personal relationships Prepared by James R. Burns

Steps Orgs. can Take Provide day care for single parents Support personal mastery as a part of the orgs philosophy and strategy Make it acceptable for people to acknowledge family issues Where needed, help people obtain counseling and guidance for how to make

effective use of their family time Prepared by James R. Burns The conflict of work and home is ... a conflict of time a conflict of values but can be perceived as something else entirely Prepared by James R. Burns

What the parent learns at home. can be used at work how to build self-esteem works in both contexts, for example Prepared by James R. Burns Copyright C 2000 by James R. Burns

All rights reserved world-wide. CLEAR Project Steering Committee members have a right to use these slides in their presentations. However, they do not have the right to remove this copyright or to remove the prepared by. footnote that appears at the bottom of each slide. Prepared by James R. Burns

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