If you think
more free time
in the future,
john Q.Adams ' 96, readily agreed to talk about the time management challenges of young alumni - not right then, because he was quite busy, but the
following day. When the scheduled time rolled
around, however, he had to postpone the interview
because an unexpected meeting cropped up.
Adams' predican1ent perfectly illustrates the central
conclusion of a recent study by Gal Zaubennan ' 94,
assistant professor of marketing at the Kenan-Flagler
Business School, and John Lynch Jr. of Duke's Fuqua
School of Business. We generally are just as busy in the
future as we are in the present, the study found, but we
tend to think we won't be.
Sound fanUliar? A quick survey - much less scien-
tific than Zauberman's and Lynch's - reveals that
many young Carolina alumni struggle with the multi-
ple demands on their time. Adams, who is assistant
marketing manager for Sara Lee Branded Apparel in
Winston-Salem, says over-commitment is a huge issue
right now in the business world.
"It's always a topic of conversation among col-
leagues," he said."I try to keep a healmy balance."That
goal has become more of a
challenge for him and his
wife, Kiely Flanigan Adams
' 96, since their twin daugh-
ters arrived in September.
Both Adamses earned tl1eir
MBAs from Kenan-Flagler,
but Kiely Adams has chosen
to step out ofthe work
force since the girls were
born, and John Adams has,
as he puts it, taken his foot
off the gas a little bit. He
approaches work differently
than he did in the job he
held before his present one.
"My first year out of
business school was very
much about paying my
dues, which could be a
function ofthe company I
went to work for;' he said.
"Getting my feet under me
was very time-consuming.
... Now I'm much more
proactive about not having
work be all-consuming."
The Zauberman-Lynch findings hold true in his
day-to-day work environment, John Adams said. "It's
always the next project mat's looming. You always
think, 'Oh, that's three weeks from now, no problem.'
Then, three weeks later, it's the san1e thing. One thing
I've observed in the corporate world is that it's never
going to be exactly balanced for you - mere will
always be more work than there is time. It always will
have to be a decision you make yourself about where
you draw me line."
Deciding where to draw her particular line has
been tough for Dawn Dreyer '92 because she is so pas-
sionate about her job, her volunteering and her creative
"The good and bad of it is there are lots of really
exciting, wonderful things I want to be involved in,"
she said. The learning outreach director at Duke's Cen-
ter for Documentary Studies in Durham, Dreyer said
she feels lucky. "But the danger when you love your
job is that it's hard to draw a boundary."
Dreyer also is board president of the Soumern Doc-
umentary Fund. And she's a writer, photographer and
John Q. Adams ' 96 has taken his foot off the gas a little bit, as he puts it, since he and his wife, Kiely Ranlgan
Adams ' 96, added twin daughters to their family. Megan, left, and Bevin are nine months old.
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