…there appears to be little room for parenting if you’re at the very top.
Fortune magazine ran an article about Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony. He is married with two children and is quoted as saying at company meeting, “I don’t see my family much. My family is you.”
Fortune ran a profile of Jeff Immelt, chief executive of GE. Immelt said that he has been working 100-hour weeks for the last 20 years. He also said that he is married and they have an 18-year-old daughter.
I can’t decide which is more pathetic — the way these men approach their role as a parent, or the way that Fortune magazine writes about it without any commentary.
How can there be no mention of the fact that these CEOs are neglecting their kids?
We have a double standard in our society: If you are poor and you abandon your kids, you are a bad parent. But if you are rich and you abandon them to run a company, you are profiled in Fortune magazine.
Read the entire column, please.
I’ve had the misfortune of seeing way too much of this in the institutional church – often later accompanied by a heavy dose of nepotism in an attempt to compensate for the neglect. It doesn’t work. The church and the family both suffer.