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:

Finally! This is the book dads juggling work and family have been waiting for.

In my work over the past 15 years as the director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family, I have seen the challenges faced by working fathers move from a fringe topic to one that is front of mind for business leaders. Our Center has been striving to make the case that supporting working dads helps everyone – fathers, their spouses and children, their employers and society. Finally, it seems real progress is being made on this important issue.

While we are pleased with this progress. there has been a persistent gap that The Working Dad’s Survival Guide addresses head-on: How can dads themselves better analyze their priorities and take actions, at home and at work, to maximize their effectiveness? Behson’s book is full of great insights, perspectives and advice that will help dads be more successful on all fronts.

– Brad Harrington, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

The Working Dad’s Survival Guide provides detailed and specific exercises that men can use to help them navigate [their new roles]. This book offers a section – in four chapters – on success at home focusing on the family unit, the importance of taking care of yourself and of building webs of support. And there’s an entire chapter on paternity leave.

In 1987 that phrase, “paternity leave,” like “stay-at-homedad” was not part of the common vernacular! I’m thrilled to say that, at last, the time is ripe for a working dad’s survival guide. Thanks to Scott Behson for providing it.

– Stew Friedman, Ph.D., best-selling author and founder of the Wharton Leadership Program and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, from the Foreword he wrote for my book.

There is a revolution taking place – one that’s going to improve the lives of men, women and children.  Scott’s book is an important part of this movement for change.  The Working Dad’s Survival Guide provides a step-by-step resource to help men feel successful at work and at home  –  whether it’s his chapter on negotiating changes at work, creating more “memorable” times at home, or making sure involved dads take care of themselves (including having some fun with their spouses!). You might be a new dad who is craving this information, or an experienced dad interested in making a change; either way, Scott’s words of wisdom and friendly tone will help guide you to a solution that’s just right for you.

– Jessica DeGroot, Founder and President, ThirdPath Institute.

I wish I had this book when I was taking heat in the corporate world for being an active parent. The suggestions and exercises would have made a big difference, to both support the choices I was making, and help me build a community of other working dads so I would not feel alone.

Behson unapologetically writes that men do not parent like women, and that sitting around sharing feelings is not our thing. But we can get together and talk man to man about the complex reality we face. He offers practical solutions and anecdotes that cover a wide variety of real life situations that working dads face today.

If you are a working dad who wants to spend more time with your family, or are feeling unappreciated at home for the work you are already doing, this book is a must read!

– Greg Marcus, PhD, author of Busting Your Corporate Idol: Self-Help for the Chronically Overworked

The juggling act required to balance work and family has for too long been marginalized as a women’s issue and more specifically a mom’s issue. It’s incredibly exciting to have Scott’s strong male voice helping to finally shift this narrative.

The Working Dad’s Survival Guide will no doubt give fathers everywhere the courage to speak out about the fact that the “traditional” workplace model is broken for them as well as for moms. Navigating the intersection of work and family is a complex task for both men and women, and Scott’s recommended tools and strategies will not only help fathers but also ultimately help all parents find common ground and solutions to succeed at work and at home.

As we work to bring the benefits of work flexibility to more companies and people across the country, the 1 Million for Work Flexibility movement is proud to have Scott’s support and involvement.

– Emma Plumb, Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility

In my experience as the Founder/CEO of FlexJobs, a job search service that helps professionals find legitimate flexible work, I’ve seen first-hand how eager all professionals, dads included, are to find better ways to balance their careers with their family lives. That’s why I’m so glad Scott wrote this book, because he not only clearly shows the conflicts faced by many working dads, but he also provides actionable advice that will help dads find better solutions at work and at home.

The stories, exercises, and concrete tips Scott offers in The Working Dad’s Survival Guide bring clarity, focus, and motivation for readers to tackle these issues in their own lives. As a working mom myself (married to a wonderful working dad!), I understand so many of the same thoughts, frustrations, and hopes we all feel when it comes to work-life balance. Scott’s experience, and positivity, are a welcomed relief!

– Sara Sutton Fell, Founder & CEO of FlexJobs

I could not be prouder of these endorsements.

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