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September 25th, 2014 by LOONEYEXECUTIVE

 

Looney thoughts, perspectives, and insights on the world of business!

— By Blake Glenn

 

Back in the olden days of business it used to be that the hard-drivin’, hard-drinkin’, chain-smoking executive busted his derriere (and in the olden days it was almost always a male) to move the company forward. He had to maximize profits, increase the stock price, and satisfy investors. He not only leaned in, he willingly dived in … head first!

Yep. These old-school ladder climbers routinely worked 60-hour plus weeks, including weekends. They missed anniversaries. They missed school plays. They missed birthdays. They missed youth sports. They missed weddings … and holidays … and all other sorts. And because of it they many times suffered spousal separations and divorces, child estrangement, and high stress levels.

Man On Journey

 

 

 

 

 

But it was worth it. There were spoils galore to be had. And what spoils they were. You see, in return for a few, uh, small sacrifices, these hard-grizzled men gained wealth and status and occasional fame. They gained magazine covers and conference key notes and notoriety as big-time players in the game. They leveled up in the business world!

And no one ever questioned how much time they spent with their families. It was just, well, understood that this was part of the deal.

  • But what if, say, a man decided to not go along with this anymore?
  • What if a man decided that his family WAS more important than his job?
  • What if a man’s time with the kids was a much richer gain than a magazine cover or additional wealth?

 

WAIT … WHA? … WHHAAAAT!

ARE YOU INSANE?

HOW DO YOU SPEAK SUCH BLASPHEMY?

WHY I’LL … I’LL REPORT YOU TO THE INTER-GALACTIC EXECUTIVE WORKAHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR UTTERING SUCH BLABBER-TASTIC NON-SENSE!

Stop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok hold on now. Just hold your horses for a minute and hear me out.

This actually happened recently. In an August blog post, Max Schireson, former CEO at a tech startup called MongoDB, actually said no to any more “workaholic hard-climbing”. He cited reasons such as incessant travel, time away from kids, stress on his wife (and therefore probably his marriage … though he didn’t say this). And by the way, Max’s wife is no 1950’s Leave It To Beaver Mom. She’s a doctor and a college professor. AND she’s been carrying the child-rearing load to boot.

So Max has decided to “lean away” for a change. It sounds like he’ll still work. Just not in a position that requires too much family sacrifice. It will take a few years to see if this is a very public shot across the bow of the traditional male (and increasingly female) executive work ethic that signals a trend, or if it’s simply a temporary anomaly that will eventually fade into oblivion.

By the way, here’s an interview with Max a few weeks after the announcement. Max seems happy. Very happy. Most excellent for him and his family.

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In the meantime it’s back to work for me. You see I’m still the hard-chargin’, cigar-chompin’, over-achiever seeking my billionaire dollar pirate’s plunder in the game of business. I’ve been hittin’ it real hard non-stop. Let’s see what the clock says. Oh boy, I’ve been working a whole 15 minutes now. Whew. Where did the time go?

F*@k it.

I’m taking a nap!

 

Blake Glenn shares his looney perspectives, stories, and mis-adventures in The Looney Executive  blog. He has interviewed hundreds (or at least tens) of people via  The Looney Executive Podcasts and former TV show. He’s the founder of a tech group called IgniteTech, and claims to be a direct descendant of the original Looney Executive – Because there must be SOME explanation … right?).

 If you dare, he can be reached the old school way … blake@LooneyExecutive.com

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P.S. – If you’re really interested in growing the tech startup scene in SW Ohio, you’ll want to join the IgniteTech Meetup Group.  Join the group. Come out to our events. Bring your energy and ideas. Build your connections.

Join us on this adventure. And help us to create a great story!

 


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