Work life balance for professionals and entrepreneurs.

Work-life balance is a challenge that faces many professionals and entrepreneurs. This workshop (online or offline) helps address this issue through the use of a Harvard case study, discussion and tools.




    Learning objective:

    In general, to facilitate a discussion of how to handle the complexities of a full and fast-paced life, and where entrepreneurship “fits” in that scheme. In particular:

    • To understand the complexity involved in addressing personal, family and business goals
    • To develop skills and resources to address those issues and manage work-life family balance
    • To identify and address potential entrepreneurial opportunities from personal, family & business perspective
    • To explore issues faced by professional women and by all individuals building lives and businesses across geographies and cultures.


    The framework:

    This one day workshop is based on the Harvard Business multimedia case following Simi Nwogugu’s life from childhood in Lagos, Nigeria to Mount Holyoke and Wall Street, back to Lagos to found a chapter of Junior Achievement, through marriage and HBS to motherhood and disenchantment with opportunities for mothers in the corporate world, to the founding and building of a business called 2Hats to address that issue. Her latest personal and business challenge, in September 2008, is an upcoming move back to Nigeria with her two young sons to accommodate her husband’s career change.

    The case contains 32 videos (more than 60 minutes running time) . There are seven sections with videos, tools and discussion assignments where you will consider multiple issues including elements of success, identifying entrepreneurial opportunities relevant to you, cross-culture/geography challenges and balancing work and family demands.

    Who is it for:

    The workshop is relevant for all professionals and entrepreneurs grappling with work-life balance, but it will be of special interest to the following groups:

    • Professionals who are thinking about “personal success” and what it really means to them
    • Professionals who are considering an entrepreneurial venture
    • Women and men in business with family and other commitments
    • Professionals working across cultures or geographies

    Course facilitator

    The workshop is facilitated by Simon Gifford who, in his 3 decade career, has consulted to organisations across 5 continents and faced his fair share of work-life balance issues (and “not always successfully” at his own admittance). As an adjunct professor at IE business school, he has a highly interactive teaching style ensuring participants maximise their learning experience.


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