It's rare we highlight resignation letters here at MindBodyGreen, but this one caught our attention, because it was written by a male CEO stepping down so he could have more work-life balance. And frankly, we don't hear too many men in leadership positions discussing this.
Max Schireson recently resigned as CEO of MongoDB, a multi-billion dollar database company. While he sent out a formal announcement via the company's press team, he used his blog to address the personal reasons behind the decision:
"I am on pace to fly 300,000 miles this year, all the normal CEO travel plus commuting between Palo Alto and New York every 2-3 weeks. During that travel, I have missed a lot of family fun, perhaps more importantly, I was not with my kids when our puppy was hit by a car or when my son had (minor and successful, and of course unexpected) emergency surgery."
The piece also has some gems like this one:
"As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO."
You can read the whole thing here.
We appreciate that Schireson is contributing to a growing conversation about work-life balance, since it seems to be a challenge for people at all career levels.
What about you? Have you found a way to have it all?
And if you find that you're tethered to your devices, or addicted to your gadgets, we've got a talk for you: