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Achieving a healthy work-life balance may seem like an elusive dream, but marketer Nigel Marsh discusses why chasing the dream is important. Marsh took a year out from work to develop his theories, and his pursuit of the perfect equilibrium delivered him to four critical observations. His insights are hardly revelatory, but they do contribute solid arguments to the discourse on work-life balance. getAbstract recommends Marsh’s presentation to everyone who feels they need to take stock of their lives and change something fundamental to achieve greater happiness.

About the Speaker

Nigel Marsh is the regional group CEO for Australia and New Zealand of Young and Rubicam, a global marketing firm. He wrote Fat, Forty and Fired and Overworked and Underlaid.



Employees who eke out a typical corporate existence tend to overindulge in food and alcohol, work to excess, and prioritize their careers over their families. If this portrayal is reminiscent of your situation, you may need to stop and assess your life. Specifically, you need to find a better work-life balance. However, society’s usual “definition of success” doesn’t align with such an equilibrium. Consider four truths about work-life balance:

  1. An “honest debate” is necessary – Many firms have established initiatives such as flextime hours, “dress-down Fridays” or paternity leave...

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    V. M. 2 years ago
    Be authoritative.
    In charismatic leaders, their authority and leadership skills seem natural. This gives confidence and peace to others. The leader, unable to look authoritatively, it will be difficult to force people to follow oneself.
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    J. C. 3 years ago
    ¡Vaya! No había visto a alguien dominar este tema con tanta claridad en sus mensajes y conclusiones. La metodología expuesta para lograr el balance en la vida es toda una epifanía.

    Como la mayoría de las cosas, es más fácil de decirlas que volverlas realidad; pero con pequeños cambios progresivos se podría lograr, siempre y cuando dichos cambios sean genuinos y voluntarios.
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    D. W. 4 years ago
    Anyone looking for the constant reminder of having a work/life balance should read this summary.