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4 Work-Family Stories From Fellow Dads

While Nick and I enjoy this summer day, four great writers discuss their work-family challenges.

While Nick and I enjoy this summer day, four great writers discuss their work-family challenges.

My favorite part of writing The Working Dad’s Survival Guide was speaking with a wide variety of dads about their lives, and then sharing their work-family stories.

Today, I’d like to share some of the excellent work of my fellow dad bloggers who recently wrote about how work-family balance plays out in their lives. These writers demonstrate that we all share the challenge of career success and involved fatherhood. Enjoy this round-up:

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Male CEOs Are Split on the Importance of Paternity Leave

miamiThe Miami Herald asked a panel of CEOs about paternity leave. Some male CEOs supported it, but others seem stuck in the Dark Ages.

Fact: Paternity leave benefits dads, kids, moms and families, and even improves the bottom line.

Fact: One becomes CEO after either founding a company and, through insanely hard work, making it thrive, OR by putting in intense hours at work for a few decades.

Fact: Most male CEOs today have at-home wives, and have not had to directly confront the same types of work-family challenges that most of their workforce faces.

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Real Men Take Paternity Leave

Being there for the first several weeks was so important for my family

My being there for the first several weeks was so important for my family

When I am interviewed about paternity leave, my book, and other “working dad” issues, I always get the question about why, even in companies that provide paid paternity leave, many dads don’t feel they can actually take an extended leave without significant career consequences. My typical answer goes something like this:

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The Evolution of My Book Cover

The cover design for the Working Dad's Survival Guide was a study in evolution

The cover design for the Working Dad’s Survival Guide was a study in evolution

The most frequent comment I get about The Working Dad’s Survival Guide is, “I LOVE the cover.” I love it, too.

Like most things involved with publishing a book, it is a process of creating, editing, trashing, starting over, editing, deciding, tweaking and finally launching something into the world. Creative processes are not easy, and there’s a lot of effort going on behind the scenes.

For today’s post, I want to take a detour from the concerns of working dads, and to share with you the long and winding road of selecting a cover design. (Please note that this artwork is NOT to be used without permission)

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Working Dads and Parental Leave: My MSNBC Interview

One of the reasons I wrote The Working Dad’s Survival Guide was to help draw attention to the challenges faced by working dads and how corporate and public policy can address them. So I was thrilled when I was asked on to MSNBC to discuss my book, working dads and parental leave. Please click below to watch the segment, and then let’s discuss in the comments section below:

And here are a few pictures from my experience:

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The French Know How to Live

Nick and I in Nice (2005)

Nick and I in Nice (2005)

35-hour  work weeks. No calls after work. 2-hour lunch breaks. Red wine. Good food. The Riviera. The French know how to live…

Many French workers have the legal right not to be contacted after they leave the office. (A quick side note, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide still going strong as the #1 New Release in Job Markets & Advice! Get yours today)

From The Independent UK:

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Father’s Day is Over. Don’t Forget About Working Dads

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The Working Dad’s Survival Guide was featured nationwide on NBC News

It’s no secret why I launched The Working Dad’s Survival Guide (still Amazon’s #1 New Release in Job Markets & Advice!) just a few weeks before Father’s Day. This is the one time of the year when working dads’ concerns get the attention and publicity they deserve. In fact, lots of the media I’ve done was packaged as part of Father’s Day news items.

I’m proud of this work, but I think it would be a shame if the concerns of working fathers recede into the background, now that Father’s Day is over. After all, we are dads throughout the entire year. Continue reading

What Work-Life Experts Are Saying About The Working Dad’s Survival Guide

What do work-life experts Brad Harrington, Stew Friedman, Jessica deGroot, Greg Marcus, Emma Plumb and Sara Sutton Fell have in common? They’ve all voiced their support for my forthcoming book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide.

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One of the scary but very cool things about writing a book is sending preview copies out to subject matter experts, asking if they’d be willing to read the book and, if they like it, write a testimonial for you.

What if they couldn’t be bothered? Worse, what if they don’t like it?

I’m very happy to report that several work-life experts, including my two professional role-models, have heartily endorsed my forthcoming book (which you can order NOW on Amazon (It is the #1 Best Seller in career Advice!!). Here’s what they had to say:

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Book Launch!

You can pre-order my book now!

Book Launch!

Today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude as The Working Dad’s Survival Guide has finally become a reality. (It is currently not only the #1 New Release in Job Markets & Advice, it is also the Amazon #1 BEST SELLER in Job Markets & Advice.) While I’m excited to cross a big item off my Bucket List, I am even more thrilled that my book will be out in the world helping dads everywhere achieve career success while being the loving, involved dads they always wanted to be. Thank you to so many who have helped make this book a reality. I conclude the book with this sentiment:

It is indeed great news that, despite the challenges, in some ways it is more possible than ever before to have a great career and be a great dad. I don’t believe we can “have it all” in terms of work and family, certainly not all at once. We are adults, we have to set priorities and understand the trade-offs involved. However, I do believe that if we adopt the mindset of this book, prioritize, develop strategies and put them into action, we can get what is most important for us and for our families. We can get what we need. We can be successful both at work and at home.

You can see coverage of the book at the following outlets. I will update this list as it grows, and provide links where possible. (If you are a media type, please contact me):

Television:

  • MSNBC
  • NBC News. Multiple interviews, nationwide. See here for the segment. I am aware of it airing in at least 15 states so far, but probably more!
  • Fox News
  • Al Jazeera America
  • WABC “New York  Viewpoint” (NYC)
  • HuffPost Live (Internet TV)

Radio:

  • National: Fox News Radio, Clear Channel 24/7 News, Compass Media’s This Morning, iHeartRadio News Service
  • Satellite Radio: Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg on Business Radio (Channel 111)
  • Local Radio in NYC (my segment starts at 37 minutes in) (WCBS and AM970), San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Antonio
  • International: Voice of America

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Blogosphere:

Podcasts

Why I Support A Better Balance

I am proud to support A Better Balance by donating a portion of every sale of my book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, to this amazing legal advocacy organization that is leading the charge for more family-supportive workplace and social policy.

I am proud to support A Better Balance

I am proud to support A Better Balance

I asked Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman of A Better Balance to write a short summary of their work and have posted it here. Please consider joining me in supporting their important work.

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What Leading Fatherhood Voices Are Saying About The Working Dad’s Survival Guide

What do leading fatherhood voices Hogan Hilling, Matt Schneider, Lance Somerfeld, Jeremy Adam Smith and Charlie Capen have in common? They’ve all voiced their support for my forthcoming book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide.

The Working Dad's Survival Guide, now available on Amazon

One of the scary but very cool things about writing a book is sending preview copies out to your respected peers, asking if they’d be willing to read the book and, if they like it, write a testimonial for you.

What if they couldn’t be bothered? Worse, what if they don’t like it?

I’m very happy to report that several leading voices on fatherhood have heartily endorsed The Working Dad’s Survival Guide (which you can order NOW on Amazon. It is already the #1 New Release in its category!). Here’s what they had to say:

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My Recommended 2015 Father’s Day Books

In addition to my book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, (you can buy it here!), several other fatherhood related books are now available. While I haven’t read all of them yet, I know most of these authors and respect their work. These books would make great father’s day gifts for the dads in your life, and I recommend you start dropping hints to your spouse and kids right now.

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