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How our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses

My first guest on The Life Boss show is Josh Levs. Josh spent 20 years reporting for NPR, CNN, and the Voice of America. He is a motivational keynote speaker, a journalism & tech pioneer, a business consultant, a writer, and an author.

None of this touches on the roll that is most important to Josh though – being a father.

I was inspired to ask Josh to be the first guest on my show because of his moving story that resulted in his book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together. That concept of the Work-First Culture and how it fails us is such an important conversation to me.

(Want a signed copy of Josh’s book for Father’s Day, or for yourself? Visit here to get your copy.)

Josh shares his story about leaving CNN after requesting fair paternity leave, and his lawsuit with Time Warner. He has become a champion for Paid Family Leave as a result. At first, it wasn’t clear to me how this impacted someone who is self-employed, but it is critical for two reasons:

1. If your spouse or partner is not self-employed and they need to take time off to care for you or another family member, you want them to have access to Paid Family Leave;

2. If you have employees, you need to be aware of the laws around Paid Family Leave and how they apply to you as an employer.

Together, we can change the perception of modern fatherhood and create equality in the workplace for men and women.

Josh & I also talked about this video – I just love how it shows Dads in a different light. Advertising is making such great strides in correcting the view of fatherhood to be more like reality.

Other Links Mentioned in the Show

Josh spoke at the United Nations Josh on March 15, 2016, for the Women’s Empowerment Principles event. View the footage here.

Interested in attending the Dad 2.0 Summit in 2017? Tickets are limited!

You can find Josh’s website at

And on Social Media:
Twitter: @joshlevs | Facebook | Instagram: @joshlevs

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By Christine

Business Coach for Local Businesses, founder of the InstaLocal System, and Best-Selling Author. Blogger since 2000, I named WordPress. (Yes. Really.) My Superpower: Helping Local Business owners like you use the power of story to magnetize clients and dominate your market. It is time to stop believing the lies of the Perfection Culture. I live in Houston, Texas when I'm not on a road trip adventure in my Mini Cooper.

2 replies on “How our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses”

As a new dad, I really enjoyed this episode. I am self employed, so I was able to take the time off when my daughter was born, but we are still trying to figure out the gender roles as we raise our little girl. She is my new #1 priority and I just pray she turns out to be kind and confident like her mom.

1. Congrats on the new podcast!! So proud of you!!

2. Way to kick it off with a fantastic topic! I have sent this link to my husband so that he can listen too and I’m totally buying this book for Father’s Day.

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