HomeWork by Deena Chochinov


How to Be a Leader in the Boardroom and the Living Room

Deena Chochinov

Discover the power of whole and integrated leadership.

We tend to think of our lives as being split between the professional and the personal—believing that in order to lead successfully, we must separate our roles at work and at home. But managing two divided identities exhausts us and derails our ability to be effective, skillful leaders in all the spheres we inhabit. In this ground-breaking book, therapist, consultant, coach and family enterprise advisor Deena Chochinov shows you how to integrate your professional and personal selves to show up whole, in both places.

Drawing on her more than thirty years of experience working with families, private companies, public organizations, and family businesses, Chochinov uses client and patient case studies, lessons, and activities to help you strengthen your leadership. You’ll learn the eight essential qualities of whole and integrated leadership, and how to develop and apply them for greater impact—whether you’re leading staff, directing a board, working with family members, or parenting children.

As you make the paradigm shift to whole-person leadership, you’ll experience the joys of psychological congruence and stability, and a fuller integration of your undivided, messy, textured, complex, and beautifully appointed self. After all, leadership isn’t just about what you do—it’s about how you show up. You can have success at work and harmony at home…being the exact same person.


“Leadership is messy, complicated, and difficult. And that’s on the good days. This helpful book shines interdisciplinary wisdom onto the building blocks of leadership.”

“Deena Chochinov has written a unique, practical, and ground-breaking book that draws on her multiple roles and expertise—as a family therapist, systems consultant to organizations, and a family business advisor. The book shows how these three lenses can work together to help complex family enterprises. It is rich and full of stories that highlight how a family can work through a dilemma. She begins with a view of leadership and expands this to show how leadership takes on special complexity in business families, and how leadership must focus on the whole systems of business, family, and individual working in harmony.”

“In her remarkably accessible book HomeWork, Deena Chochinov provides both a vision and a roadmap for the pivots and processes of systemic change through clear, step-by-step, practical applications. The book doesn’t just hold the prescription, but rather supports the leader’s intrinsic ability to learn and grow. It’s possible to like the company you keep.”


“This thoughtful, practical book uniquely illuminates the ways our professional skills can also support a more harmonious home life—and vice versa. I can’t wait to put its tools to work on both fronts.”

“Deena Chochinov writes in service of her reader, balancing wisdom with application. She successfully bridges the why with the how, supported by research and animated by relatable stories. Few leadership books wed ‘being’ and ‘doing’ so beautifully. Whether you are a leader of your family, a leader of an organization, or navigating the complexity of leadership in your family enterprise, you’ll want to develop the traits and implement the practices here so you can grow and flourish in both your home and work domains.”

“This book is so insightful and relevant that I felt Deena Chochinov knew just what leadership guidance I needed. She intuits what it takes to be a great leader, and a great human. I love this book. Every entrepreneur should run to buy this book and absorb its powerful lessons.”


Deena Chochinov is a therapist, family enterprise advisor, and management consultant. She supports executives and senior teams in the corporate and non-profit sectors, with a focus on leadership coaching, talent management, and organizational development. She advises multi-generational business families who seek the tools and techniques to make smart decisions, manage conflict effectively and develop strong, lasting relationships. She is also a registered clinical counsellor, working with individuals, couples, and families to help them navigate life’s challenges and increase their resilience. Deena has a Master’s in Education (Counselling Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, a Post-Master’s in Family Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and is a graduate of the Family Enterprise Advising Program at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is based in Vancouver, Canada. deenachochinov.com

ISBN 978-1-77458-210-7
$19.95 CAD $15.95 USD
Published May 10, 2022
5.25 × 8 254 Pages
paperback, ebook, audiobook