But here’s what most men still don’t fully get: It’s not a level playing field. I’m not referring to opportunities for women at the highest level in companies, or equal pay, both of which fall far short of where they should be. What I mean is the demands that working women face compared with men.
Put simply, a few wealthy men get richer on the backs and jangled brains of extraordinary inner-city athletes who have few career choices and insufficient capacity to assess the long-term costs of their choices.
The issue at these times is how to prioritize when so much is coming at us. Few challenges seem greater today than delaying instant gratification and focusing on the activities that require greater effort but ultimately yield more enduring value.
Mr. Laloux’s distillation of the common practices that characterize these companies provides a rich road map for organizational reinvention. But his descriptions of how these companies actually work — including the voices of their employees – are what make the book most compelling and convincing.
I felt justified in taking time off — and providing it to others — because it fueled productivity. What never occurred to me was that taking time off might be something worth doing for its own sake, and as part of a more nourishing life.