David Whitford spends quality time with powerhouse management guru Ram Charan and discovers, in this interesting Fortune article, that the man has absolutely zero personal life. Every night of the year in a hotel room. Every conversation with anyone is about business. No “personal” friends, no intimate physical relationships (supposedly), no physical home.
He says he’s happy.
I think there are many people like Charan at the top tiers of business who aren’t as honest about these issues.
I worry that, when we see incredible professional success so tightly correlated with the sacrificing of everything else, people think there’s no other way.