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Management article
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Reference no. 81403
Authors: Scott Davis; R Gould
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1981

Abstract

Interviews with more than 50 male executives in several major corporations explore the mid-life crisis and its manifestations at work. Some executives endure painful mid-life crises, but eventually reap the benefits of their transitions. Others avoid the development task and suffer from work addiction and bleak personal lives. By confronting the development task and working at changing daily, a third type of executive successfully deals with the mid-life transition with a minimum of distress.

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Abstract

Interviews with more than 50 male executives in several major corporations explore the mid-life crisis and its manifestations at work. Some executives endure painful mid-life crises, but eventually reap the benefits of their transitions. Others avoid the development task and suffer from work addiction and bleak personal lives. By confronting the development task and working at changing daily, a third type of executive successfully deals with the mid-life transition with a minimum of distress.

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