Time was running out. For a successful, internationally active construction engineer there were two highly attractive job offers to choose from. The position as partner for the Asian countries in a global consulting group or as technical director, CTO, in a medium-sized company. “I always need new challenges!” my coachee said. “But now I have a family. My wife and two small children need me at home a lot more. What job should I take?”
My client’s career biography painted a picture of a determined and innovative adventurer. Although his father had envisaged a job for him in his hometown, he wanted to explore the wide world. At home and abroad, he worked his way up to become an internationally respected construction expert. For him it was clear: “I never want to lead a boring life!”
With his almost insatiable thirst for knowledge and his high willingness to take risks, he had made a name for himself in the industry. Now the many trips and absences were increasingly leading to family conflicts.
The job as partner for Asia in a global consulting group tempted him with a top salary and exciting projects. The family business offered an interesting management position with high responsibility and direct implementation of his know-how. Therefore, we analyzed both the factual and family advantages and disadvantages for both positions.