Jane Wolford has it all: a dynamic, lucrative career in investment banking, two beautiful young children, and a loving, successful husband. Yet the balancing act of being effective in all of these roles (banker, mother, wife) is substantial and stressful. When a deal falls through, client interactions don't go as planned, and childcare is late, any semblance of control she might have felt disappears. She must deal with the multifaceted demands she experiences.
This case can be used to teach students about individual behavior, gender roles, time and priority management, balancing work and family life, managing performance, managing energy in professional lifestyles, organizational behavior, and leadership.