Achieving the right work-life balance is a modern day mantra and more often than not associated with working mothers.
But 44 year-old Max Schireson, CEO of a billion dollar Silicon Valley database company, has turned heads and generated a lot of online buzz after posting a memo to his staff about resigning to spend more time with his family. The Washington Post headlined its story with ‘The greatest memo about work-life balance ever?’
In the memo, Schireson makes some interesting points about the gender discussion and what some perceive as a double standard. He writes, “As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO. While the press haven’t asked me, it is a question that I often ask myself ….. Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me.”
Don’t think though that Schireson is having a whinge. As Fortune magazine noted, ‘it’s time for the “having it all” debate to move beyond gender.’
The out-going executive put it this way:
“I recognize that by writing this I may be disqualifying myself from some future CEO role. Will that cost me tens of millions of dollars someday? Maybe. Life is about choices. Right now, I choose to spend more time with my family and am confident that I can continue to have a meaningful and rewarding work life while doing so. At first, it seemed like a hard choice, but the more I have sat with the choice the more certain I am that it is the right choice.”
Read Schireson’s full blog here.
What’s your view on his post?