A lot of the discussion around work/life balance focuses on managing time. But it’s also important to manage your location. When leaders face a decision to travel or relocate, their home lives play a huge part – which is why many believe in acquiring global experience while they’re young and unencumbered. International assignments aren’t for everyone; and if travel is undesirable, ambitious young executives should decide so early on to avoid getting trapped in an industry that clashes with their geographic preferences. They’ll also have more time to find other ways to signal open-mindedness, sophistication, skill diversity, and willingness to go above and beyond – personal attributes often associated with experience abroad.
For those already well into their careers and with families, managing travel (and most things) requires a shared vision of success for everyone at home. Common goals and complementary relationships hold people together; turn to your partner for support and collaborate to reach a decision.