How can we successfully combine love and work?
It’s quite easy to get distracted from your career when you’re happy in love or devote all your time to securing a promotion at work only to find your relationship is on the rocks. Balancing the demands of your career and your partner’s while trying to nourish a relationship and family can be tough – but it doesn’t have to be.
In Couples That Work, Professor Jennifer Petriglieri reveals how all couples can thrive in work and love at the same time. Petriglieri has spent the last six years studying over a hundred couples in a variety of roles and types of relationships from all over the world.
Drawing on this research, Petriglieri highlights the three distinct yet predictable transitions that all couples go through and offers practical guidance in the form of questions, exercises and activities that couples can use to overcome the most pressing challenges they face.
From couples in their mid-20s to those in their mid-60s, from heterosexual couples to same-sex couples, from high flyers to steady careerists, and from those based in the US, to those in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Couples That Work holds something of interest to all couples in which both members are committed to their careers and to each other.
Couples That Work provides dual-career couples with all the insight and tools they need to thrive in work and love.
Reviews of Couples That Work
In her illuminating debut, Petriglieri … lucidly analyzes the phases of contentment and consternation that professional couples experience. – Publisher’s Weekly
She’s made two game-changing discoveries: that dual-career relationships go through three transitions; and that it’s how you prepare for and navigate these – not whether you have kids or how many date nights you go on – that ultimately determines whether you succeed. – Grazia
Often dual-career couples are caught up in the latest urgent hassle. Understanding these … passages through life illuminates the bigger picture and can help to ease pressures and achieve the deepest goals. – The Globe and Mail
Couples That Work gathers success stories from working couples who share their strategies for joining business and relationship success, and is highly recommended for young working couples who haven’t yet faced the major transition periods in their lives and careers. – MidWest Book Review
Praise for Couples That Work
Whether it is chosen or imposed, change brings both opportunities and turmoil for couples. Jennifer Petriglieri’s wonderful book provides an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap to the predictable transitions all couples traverse. Through her in-depth research and engrossing stories of couples of all ages, she reveals how each transition can be understood and embraced, leading to a more meaningful relationship and career – for both parties. It’s a definite must read for any dual-career couple
Jennifer Petriglieri’s new book is an inspirational read for anyone who is part of a dual career couple. Equally important, it offers practical, executable tasks and conversational prompts to help couples navigate the challenging transitions that confront us all, and to renegotiate our shared path as our lives and careers evolve over time. Her insightful research and hands-on approach to exploring the deeper dynamics of our careers and relationships remind us that couples that work liberate each other while keeping each other close
Managing one career is hard enough; two often seems impossible. Jennifer Petriglieri hasn’t just spent five years carefully studying the challenges of juggling two careers; she has also lived them personally. In this book, she shares what she’s learned about how dual-career couples can not only survive, but also thrive.
Through vivid life stories, eye-opening research and insightful analysis, Jennifer Petriglieri shows dual-career couples how to navigate their path at any life stage. The hope and demythification of the dual-career life makes Couples That Work a must read for any couple committed to their relationship and to their careers.”
Every couple struggles with how to make a fulfilling life work for both. Here comes a book with practical solutions that can actually work! Jennifer lays out our options and helps us understand the pros and cons so that we can each make a decision best for us. The stories are so helpful, and straight out of real life! I wish I had had this book at the beginning and middle of my career. I’m glad to have it in my hands now
With dual career couples becoming more of the norm, Jennifer Petriglieri’s insightful new book is an inspirational read for those trying to manage the many challenges over the course of our professional lives. Her profound research and hands-on approach to exploring the deeper dynamics of our career and relationships, offers precious advice for couples who want to help each other thrive at work as well as in their relationships
Couples that Work is a sweet, captivating journey into the lives, loves, and lessons of over a hundred couples. An inspiring read for anyone looking to both work and love.
In this provocative and thoughtful book Professor Petriglieri has created a brilliant conversational road map for everyone navigating a dual career path. I read it with my partner – and suggest you do the same. It’s fascinating!
This book is a research-based handy guide for dual career couples who want to have it all. Jennifer Petriglieri has studied one hundred couples all dealing with the challenges of two careers and children. This book can help couples avoid disaster and also thrive together.