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Step Aside Super Woman: Career and Family is for Any Woman Paperback – November 5, 2010
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As author of Step Aside Super Woman Christine provides a real life guide to tackling the issue of work-life balance (while trying to progress career and family all at the same time!) She is also an accomplished international speaker and commentator on a range of issues relevant to the success of female professionals through blogs, articles, radio & tv shows (eg BBC Sunday Live, BBC's The Big Questions, Financial Times, London Evening Standard, The Glass Hammer and many others).
Christine has an undergraduate degree in Foreign Languages from Georgetown University (Cum Laude) and an MBA in International Business from George Washington University (Beta Gamma Sigma scholar). She has also tutored for Georgetown University's Graduate Program in International Management at Oxford University on managing diversity in the workplace.
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Top Customer Reviews
While the book focuses on women who work outside the home, all the information within it can be applied to women working from home. Beginning with the shrewd observation that balance does not mean that "everything is always operating at equilibrium and the scales are perfectly in line at every moment," author Christine Brown-Quinn goes on to discuss how everyone benefits when a woman chooses career and family, how important it is to know yourself and your values to be able to successfully negotiate this life choice, and how it is crucial to develop and maintain the important relationships in your life (spouse, kids, business partners and team members . . .) to keep things balanced and moving forward. For my specific purposes, there is a chapter called "Organized Chaos" that highlights three major features of time management: planning, prioritization, and delegation.
Most importantly, readers will find this book useful because they will be able to see themselves in it. Brown-Quinn has done a masterful job of providing numerous personal anecdotes describing how she handles the various challenges that inevitably arise when women choose to work and have a family. We all learn best by example!
Christine's engaging and conversational writing style allows the reader to quickly absorb a lot of ideas and helpful practices. She demonstrates how career and family can be complementary not only for women but also their partners and employers. Contrary to the prevailing belief, especially in financial markets, family and career are not a zero sum game. This combination "[is]...more like yin and yang. Your various roles feed off of one other. They are synergistic" (p.67)
Christine encapsulates the keys to success as Commitment, Communication and Conflict Management. Of particular interest, which may have gone some way to averting the financial crisis is the idea that conflict is a normal part of work life and can be considered a risk management mechanism.
Bottom line; there are no quick fixes. A decision to embrace family and career is for the long haul. It takes hard work and the ability to ask for help. Yet if you follow Christine's advice you are more likely to reap the rewards of a dynamic, varied and fulfilled life on the personal and professional fronts.
Two comments - firstly,there is relatively little advice for the women climbing up the career ladder who can't afford the kind of childcare which enables them to work such long hours and who may not have quite such a supportive husband! Secondly, having lived in both the UK and North America I think there are cultural differences between most British and American women's self - belief and so her approach may need to be customised to the audience.
Congratulations Christine, this is an inspiring read for any woman who is doubting her entitlement to 'have it all'!
Perhaps you are the breadwinner in the house yet old fashion folk assume it's always only the man who is?? Read this BOOK!
Christine highlights the strategies you could use to manage both family and career WELL. It is realistic, entertaining and inspiring book.
Her experiences are described in the book and I can certainly connect to so many of the work scenarios - it's such a relief to know Im not alone in this!!
The book is an excellent easy read and perfect size for the handbags of busy city folk... it will make your day :-) Highly recommend the book TODAY!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish I had read Christine's book a few years earlier. She hit home the idea that having a career and a family is a strength rather than a weakness, both personally as well as... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Michele d.
Thank you Christine; your energy, honesty and humour have enabled me to feel that it's not only ok to continue developing myself professionally through the journey of motherhood,... Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Justine Cooper
You don't have to be superwoman! This book is a must read for every woman who frequently feels guilty for wanting it all. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Nikki Hutchison
Christine gave me the book, and I believe it is a great book. I love the way it approaches a career as a logical, positive choice for women with caring responsibilities. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Inge Woudstra
As a mother who has raised two sons and a career woman with a very demanding family life, I totaly recommend this book to any one and any couples who are raising children. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by saharnaz farivar
I'm currently a non-traditional college student and also a mom. I have plans to attend graduate school and I always had this overwhelming sense of guilt because I don't feel I... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by RJD
Christine has an upbeat style which enables individuals to feel it is possible to manage the work life balance of having a family. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Debbie Brockwell
Practical and inspiring, "Step Aside Superwoman: Career and Family is for Any Woman" provides encouragement and inspiration for women anticipating or actively engaged in balancing... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Heather H.
Christine's honest and positive approach to balancing career and family is utterly refreshing. The book tackles the various challenges that working mothers face practically and... Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Jacqueline Frost