LIFE WITHIN LIM­ITS

The Australian - The Deal - - News People Events - Helen Trinca was in Is­tan­bul as a guest of Dell. See her in­ter­view with Buz­zcar chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin Chase, page 24. Helen Trinca

Top male ex­ec­u­tives are rarely asked what they had to sac­ri­fice to reach the top. The ques­tion is usu­ally di­rected at cor­po­rate women, many of whom can talk at length about the chal­lenges of bal­anc­ing ba­bies and bud­gets.

Yet, with the do­mes­tic gen­der di­vide blur­ring – stay-at-home dads, more male in­volve­ment in child rear­ing – the is­sue of whether you can have it all is as rel­e­vant for men as for women.

GE chief ex­ec­u­tive Jef­frey Im­melt was re­cently re­ported as say­ing he had a great re­la­tion­ship with his wife and fam­ily be­cause he had “elim­i­nated ev­ery­thing else”. At last month’s Dell Women’s En­tre­pre­neur Net­work 2013 con­fer­ence in Is­tan­bul, the deal asked one of just a hand­ful of men at­tend­ing, Dell chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer Steve Felice, if men could have it all. “I think it is true for ev­ery­one that you can only do so many things in life and en­joy them,” he said. “If you define work-life bal­ance as want­ing to do ev­ery­thing, then you can’t do that.

“We all have to make sac­ri­fices and push other things. I look at my own life and I don’t think I missed any im­por­tant chap­ter. I raised kids – two daugh­ters, I lost a son to can­cer – but we were very in­volved in all of that. I think it is a mat­ter of choice.

“When I was rais­ing the kids, could I play golf ev­ery week­end? No. Now that we are empty nesters and [the kids have] left, I play more golf. To say I want to be a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive, I want to play golf ev­ery week­end and I want to spend all the time with my fam­ily, and I also want to read 10 books a week – no, you can’t do all that.”

Dell chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer Steve Felice

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