Structured as a memoir and playbook, Doubling Down relies on personal anecdotes and established research, with the authors summarizing each section with easily digestible “lessons”– such as proven ways to gain international experience in the business world without sacrificing family time, a warning to couples against putting one career “on the back burner” in support of another, and a persuasive explanation of the importance of forming separate professions and identities. The meticulous advice on starting a family in the midst of a prosperous career may feel beyond the reach of some readers who lack the resources available to the authors, but their view that “[h]aving a family makes you better at work” is refreshing.
That thinking and some of Gordon and Bluestein’s other counsel is invitingly unconventional in a corporate environment, such as their “48-hour” rule that calls for spending at least 48 hours at home on weekends before heading out on another business trip. Such creative solutions will be welcome to readers eager to prosper in business without sacrificing their home lives. Personal photographs lend intimacy to the writing, and the guide’s advice continues right into the retirement years (which the authors term as a “rewiring”). Methodical but personal, this unorthodox guide dares to establish new approaches to having it all.
Takeaway: Invaluable guidance for readers seeking concurrent success in career and family life.
Great for fans of: Jennifer Petriglieri’s Couples That Work, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’s Designing Your Life, Matthew Kelly’s Off Balance.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A