"Instead of starting a company and shaping their life around it--working as long and as hard as the business demands--they start a company to fit the kind of life they want to lead. Working this way doesn't mean slacking off, or delegating everything away. Rather, these entrepreneurs come up with creative ways to tap technology and set boundaries to do justice both to the business and their personal needs."
Wharton Professor Stew Friedman teaches this online course on "Better Leader, Richer Life," in Penn's Open Learning Initiative. The course, which willl run from February 8 through April 23, 2015, was the second-highest rated MOOC offering at Penn last year and has been endorsed by Poets and Quants.
This shows how bewildering paid leave has become. The conventional way most people think of it -- established time off for vacation (which increases the longer someone works at one place), sick days and maybe a few personal days thrown in -- is changing. But with that shift, it's not always clear what employees are gaining and what they are losing.