Many people may think that the magazine business is like the "The Devil Wears Prada."
But here at BusinessWeek families are in style. When the magazine appointed Steve Adler as its new editor in 2005, many of my colleagues were particularly interested in the ways he would put his imprint on the magazine. I was on maternity leave at the time, so my mind wasn't exactly focused on breaking news or writing compelling cover stories. In fact, when our new boss addressed the staff in a conference call, I didn't fixate on his editorial goals. The main thing I heard from his speech was that he admired the family friendly culture at BusinessWeek, and that he intended to maintain it.
That wasn't lip service. Since he's been at the magazine, Steve has led by example. Last week, for example, he announced that he needed to leave a staff lunch to take his son to the dentist for some extractions. The lunch, incidentally, was with a group of summer interns. After the meeting, a few of these twentysomethings marveled that family is the first priority for our boss. One even used the word "Mensch."