A Guide for Dual-Career Couples: Rewriting the Rules

A Guide for Dual-Career Couples: Rewriting the Rules

by Eve Sprunt


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A Guide for Dual-Career Couples: Rewriting the Rules by Eve Sprunt

This book discusses the major challenges facing dual-career couples—a substantial proportion of modern society—and suggests ways for both individuals to achieve career success by re-evaluating traditional styles of working and focusing on productivity, flexibility, and negotiating win-win solutions.

• Identifies and explains the simple principles that enable readers to understand the power in relationships—with their mate and with their employer—and grasp the true sources of their motivation

• Supplies insights based on surveys of more than 10,000 professionals and more than three decades of business-world experience

• Addresses "dual-career" issues in the context of being a form of invisible diversity—a reality that impacts both men and women but tends to disproportionately negatively impact women, who are also struggling with unconscious gender bias

• Reveals how dissatisfaction with work-life balance is often caused by lack of career opportunities

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440850097
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 868,448
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eve Sprunt, PhD, is a consultant with more than 35 years of experience as an executive and research scientist in the petroleum industry, including leading Chevron's worldwide university recruiting.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 What Is a Dual-Career Couple? 1

Chapter 2 Why Now? 11

Chapter 3 Why Reframe Women's Issues as Dual-Career Couple Issues? 29

Chapter 4 Whose Career Takes Precedence? 47

Chapter 5 Why Share an Employer? 69

Chapter 6 How to Balance Opportunity with Sacrifice 85

Chapter 7 How to Secure Necessary Flexibility 117

Chapter 8 Documenting Competency and Achievement 145

Chapter 9 Why Both Partners Should Maintain Their Careers 165

Chapter 10 Why You Shouldn't Wait for the System to Change 173

Chapter 11 Surviving and Thriving as a Dual-Career Couple 181

Notes 193

Index 209

What People are Saying About This

Janet Bandows Koster

"Every couple trying to define personal success in today's 24/7 workplace will find valuable takeaways to help juggle their roles as professionals, partners, and parents."

Rosalind S. Simson

"As a female trailblazer in the petroleum industry and a scientist who is expert in analyzing data, Dr. Sprunt knew just the right questions to ask and brilliantly analyzed thousands of responses she received from dual-career couples. This very accessible book is a 'must read' not only for career women and their spouses, but also for employers and anyone genuinely concerned about gender equity."

Dr. Tammy Wong

"A must read . . . as a dual career working woman I found the list of questions for couples inspiring."

Harbo Jensen

"Give this book to your daughter . . . it's a roadmap for how to have both a career and a life."

Janeen Judah

"Finally, here is a book targeting the key career management issue for women and millennials. No, it's not child care, it's pursuing both mostly equal careers. Executives should pay attention to manage and retain post-baby boom talent."

Karen Horting

"The challenge of work and life integration . . . requires a partnership of men, women and employers. Dr. Sprunt's research and years of real-world experience provide practical solutions through an industry focused lens. Extremely useful for anyone juggling work and family."

William L. Abriel

"This work has great value for working couples who are engaged in dual careers. The data analysis and experiential knowledge provide useful guidance in setting objectives and making choices."

Loris Tealdi

"This ground breaking book addresses an important problem that is increasingly affecting men and women around the world who have globetrotting careers. The author touches on issues both from a personal and a professional standpoint with great attention, sensibility, and an outstanding understanding of both business and human needs."

Katie Mehnert

"A must read for anyone looking to navigate the career and life lattice. Provides great insight on how to make dual careers work both at the office and at home."

Ella Minty

"Eve addresses . . . the hurdles, barriers, and socio-psychological difficulties faced by dual careers couples . . . in a highly pragmatic manner, providing potential solutions for both couples and employers on how to address such issues."

Sally Helgesen

"The revolution wrought by working women has altered forever how couples make choices and share their future. Yet resources for navigating this complex terrain have been few. Eve Sprunt's excellent, clear, well-organized book provides dual-career couples with an essential guide while showing organizations how to benefit from a trend that's here to stay."

Giovanni Paccaloni

"Eve Sprunt offers valuable, original insights in this must-read book, which provides abundant information, practical findings, and important recommendations on how to successfully cope with the challenges facing dual-career couples."

John H. Bradford

"Sprunt has lived the cultural-revolution that has led to an ever increasing number of dual-career couples facing the challenges of finding a work-life balance. With clear, concise language backed by data, Ms. Sprunt draws on a wealth of experience to provide compelling arguments and sound advice. Dual-career couples just entering professional life, as well as well seasoned managers, will gain valuable insight from this book."

Maria A. Capello

"Simple to read and full of smart and practical advice that empowers dual-career couples to surmount challenges and have rewarding and successful careers."

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