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Part 2: defining a generation > the art of balance

Chapter 16. the art of balance

The ninth habit of highly effective members of gen e is the quest to find a new balance between work and family;. e = equilibrium. Gen e don't see it as an either/or. They want it all. Generation X were labelled as slackers. But gen e are anything but. Achieving work-life balance is one of the greatest challenges these people face. In one survey, some 94 per cent said they were willing to work long hours if they had to but, interestingly, nearly a fifth would like to work part-time (men and women); and 40 per cent would like more choice over working hoursy.

"When I'm old, looking back, I want to be able to say I have led an extraordinary life," says a young MBA currently working for a credit card company. "My goal is to have been extremely happy. To squeeze life for everything it can offer. Work will play a big part ... but it isn't everything. There are so many things I want to do — to climb mountains, to travel, to learn to sail, to give something back to others, to spend time with my friends and family ... and to slow down frequently enough to keep healthy and balanced. How can I fit everything in?" Good question — though we reflect, brutally, that the answer may not easily be found at a credit card company.


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