It’s one of the great executive challenges of our time: How can I give my all to my job and yet live a rich, rewarding personal life?

From the Editor: My Work, My Life

by Adi Ignatius

It’s one of the great executive challenges of our time: How can I give my all to my job and yet live a rich, rewarding personal life?

We talk a lot about work/life balance—implying that 50/50 is the ideal split between our jobs and everything else. But as Harvard Business School’s Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams show in “Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life,” achieving such a balance is an elusive, if not impossible, goal. Instead, the authors suggest, leaders should make deliberate choices about the lives they want to lead—about which opportunities to pursue and which to decline. Otherwise, they’re apt to be constantly juggling priorities and rarely engaging fully in anything.

Having interviewed almost 4,000 executives worldwide, Groysberg and Abrahams present a framework for thinking about these choices. The executives, they write, discovered through experience that “prospering in the senior ranks is a matter of carefully combining work and home so as not to lose themselves, their loved ones, or their foothold on success.”

The article is part of this month’s Spotlight on Thriving at the Top. The package also includes a lively interview with the Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, who explains how leaders can apply mindfulness—a topic she has explored for decades—to unlock innovation in their work and their organizations. And Wharton’s Peter Cappelli and IE Business School’s Monika Hamori and Rocio Bonet present a data-rich snapshot of exactly who fills the top jobs these days and how the mix of leaders has changed, particularly since the 2008 recession.

Last, be sure to check out this month’s Life’s Work interview, which features one of my all-time heroes—the legendary comedian and actor John Cleese. In it (and in the extended text and audio versions), Cleese shares his thoughts on creativity, corporate humor, and how the Pythons made decisions.

Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief


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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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