The Butterfly Impact

Mark Briggs

Do you feel like your work and your personal life are pulling you in opposite directions? Like the more you’re there for one, the less you’re there for the other?

After his family was torn apart—twice—former journalist Mark Briggs launched a full-scale investigation into work-life balance. What he discovered was a surprising framework of small, simple changes that can send powerful ripple effects throughout your life—both at work and at home.

In researching The Butterfly Impact, Mark interviewed over one hundred people at the prime of their careers—including industry leaders at Starbucks, Facebook, Google, Amazon, REI, The Gates Foundation, Good Morning America, and Gonzaga University’s legendary basketball team.

Here, you’ll read their relatable stories of resilience, grit, and triumph. Each chapter also includes practical activities to help you develop your own balance, excelling in your career while thriving in your personal life.

If you’re ready to show up fully at work and be fully present at home for what matters most, The Butterfly Impact is for you.

Press & Praise

Lindsay McGregor, Author, Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation and CEO, Vega Factor

Mark Briggs' work is equally actionable and enjoyable. He leads with vulnerability, humor, and great advice. At a moment when so many of us are tackling sky-high priority lists with too much stress, his ideas on how to turn work into something we enjoy are incredibly timely.

Rob Acker, CEO,

The pandemic gave everyone time for reflection, to question what really matters. Mark Briggs brings to life extraordinary stories from everyday people that will recenter you and help you see what's most important. The Butterfly Impact will cause you to look at your life in a more profound way at a time when we all need it.

Ruchika Tulshyan, Author, Inclusion on Purpose

Recovering from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic by finding resilience after upheaval is something we're all seeking. Look no further than Mark Briggs' The Butterfly Impact to guide you in this journey. Mark's journalism background combines with his personal storytelling to produce a powerful how-to guide on finding balance and happiness. I was captivated from the first page, and by the end of it, I came away feeling like I had a deep conversation with Mark and all the experts I met in this book. I also appreciated how the book steers the work-life balance conversation by centering on purpose rather than productivity. Riveting!

Mark Briggs is a management consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies modernize their operations, culture, and leadership by facilitating cutting-edge transformations.

Also a speaker, trainer, and consultant in digital transformation and innovation, Mark has worked with groups across the United States, Europe, China, and the Middle East over the past fifteen years. He is the author of three books and a professor of leadership and change management at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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