“My daughter is a sophomore in high school,” the executive, a chief financial officer, shared in our introductory call. “I can’t move right now.”

 

“So, what’s your plan?” I ask.

“I don’t know,” he says. “I was hoping you could help me figure that out.”

Geography has a big impact on most executive job searches. Whether it’s kids in school, elderly parents who need care, a spouse’s career or just a strong preference for a specific location it can be a big career anchor.

“Well, here are the main options: stay in a job you hate for 3 more years; find one that allows you to work remotely that will likely require frequent travel; do the executive commute and get an apartment in a new city; start your own business; live off your savings for the next few years,” I share.

He laughed. “I don’t have enough savings to do nothing or start my own business. Staying in this job just isn’t an option.” He paused. “I think I can do the executive commute. Can you help me negotiate some flexibility in my work schedule?”

“We’ve done that frequently,” I answer. “It all depends on the situation and how much they want you.”

Monday to Thursday he’s in the office. Flies home Thursday night and spends a long weekend with family. He made it work.

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