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Sharpening Your Skills: Career & Life Balance

Three Harvard Business School faculty members weigh in on the best ways to achieve and maintain a life-work balance. Recognizing that the achievement of a lifestyle that balances the demands of work and personal life has never been easy, the HBS contributors address four key questions that managers and executives struggle with most frequently. They suggest steps for getting out of a work-life rut, ways to resist the temptations of work success and approaches for doing more with less.

At some point or other, most employees have the feeling of being stuck in life or work. Feeling "stuck," as psychologically painful as it is, is the first step to awareness of new opportunities in career and in life, says Harvard Business School's Timothy Butler. With that in mind, Butler elaborates on six steps for moving to the next step in your career.

Another typical concern is how to resist the temptations of success. The basic problem with success is that life can look very good when it really isn't, according to Harvard Business School's Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. As he points out, successful executives can become actors in a role created by the people and society around them, while at the same time being emotionally dormant inside.

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