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“Homeland” Executive Producer Howard Gordon On How Work/Family Isn’t An Either/Or Proposition

What did you learn in 2012 that you will carry forth with you into 2013?

What did you learn in 2012 that you will carry forth with you into 2013?

“The thing I learned in 2012 was that my resolution from 2011 to slow down my hectic work schedule and spend more time with my family was hollow. I realized work and family are not a zero sum proposition. Despite my insistence to the contrary, I enjoy the creative chaos that goes into making a television show–and although it’s sometimes difficult, I have somehow managed to spend good time with my family. So rather than make any great pronouncements about slowing down, I am going to embrace the chaos in 2013.”

Follow-up: “I guess it wasn’t too clear. By zero sum, I meant that I realized that work/family isn’t an either/or proposition. You CAN cultivate and thrive in both aspects of your life, but it requires having the will to be present for both. I also realized that each also feeds the other. When I’m thriving at work (as long as I’m not too stressed) I feel better about myself as a father and a husband.”

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Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, is an activist architecture educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of her profession and in the populations it serves.