Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2005

Martha Goldberg Aronson: Leadership Decisions at Mid-Career

by William W. George and Andrew N. McLean


In 2005, Martha Goldberg Aronson must decide whether to accept an overseas posting in a functional role with Medtronic Corp. The move would be a professional stretch, but would entail leaving a position with a plan half completed and moving her young family overseas. Profiles the youth, career, family life, aspirations, and motivations of the rising executive. Provides information about the practical, personal, and business challenges of an international assignment. Raises questions regarding work-life balance and the opportunities of the proposed stretch assignment in balance with the desire to see an existing process through to completion.

Keywords: Decisions; Work-Life Balance; Personal Development and Career; Motivation and Incentives; Opportunities; Leadership;


George, William W., and Andrew N. McLean. "Martha Goldberg Aronson: Leadership Decisions at Mid-Career." Harvard Business School Case 406-017, September 2005.