The majority of couples today are dual-career couples. As anyone who's part of such a relationship knows, this presents big challenges: trying to raise kids and achieve career goals while caring for and supporting your partner can seem impossible. Yet most advice for dual-career couples fails, framing the challenges as a zero-sum game in which one partner’s gain is the other's loss and solutions feel like sacrifices or unsatisfactory trade-offs.
This book is different. In Couples That Work, INSEAD professor Jennifer Petriglieri rejects conventional, one-size-fits-all solutions and instead focuses on how dual-career couples can tackle and resolve the challenges they face throughout their livestogether. She identifies three key phases of exploration and personal growth in every couple's work-life journey, showing how partners must navigate these together to strengthen their bond. Each phase is crystallized with a question:
- How can we make this work? The first phase focuses on the logistics of combining two busy lives and often involves the demands of young children.
- What do we really want? In the second phase, couples learn to navigate their midlife crises in ways that allow each partner to continue to feel happy and fulfilled.
- Who are we now? With careers winding down and kids grown up, this last phase offers new freedomsand uncertainties.
Based on a five-year research project, the book includes interviews with couples from over thirty countriesfrom executives to entrepreneurs and from twentysomething newlyweds to dual-career grandparents.
Filled with vivid real-life stories, keen insights, and engaging exercises, Couples That Work will help couples develop their own unique answers to that most pressing question: How can we successfully combine love and work?
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|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
You can find Jennifer Petriglieri at: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-louise-petriglieri
Table of Contents
1 The Three Transitions of a Dual-Career Couple 1
Transition 1 How Can We Make This Work?
2 When the Honeymoon Ends 23
3 Struggling to Do It All 43
4 Achieving Interdependence 65
Transition 2 What Do We Really Want?
5 Hitting the Wall 93
6 Turmoil and Conflict 115
7 Transitioning to a New Path 135
Transition 3 Who Are We Now?
8 Loss and Limits 161
9 Exploring Wider Horizons 181
10 Couples That Work 201
Appendix: Studying Dual-Career Couples 227
About the Author 251