I recently ran a workshop for high-performing and high-potential medical doctors. They were the budding elite in their profession — exceptional surgeons, diagnosticians, and clinicians. They published papers pushing the boundaries of their specialities; they literally saved lives; they actively served the medical profession. They were also trying to juggle the complexity of their professional alongside managing family, friends and personal wellbeing. They were involved in multiple good causes as, with their professional training, they made the world a better place. And they were overwhelmed. When I coach rising business leaders, probably 50%-60% of their questions are about finding a way to cope with increasing demands. Many of these issues concern making choices between professional, personal and family aspirations. Both men and women struggle with trying to do it all, but it is particularly poignant with women who attempt to be high-performing professionals, attentive spouses and ...

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