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"This engaging book is a must-read for working women with caring responsibilities from children to dependent adults."  --Lucy McCarraher, Work-Life Balance expert, Author of The Book of Balanced Living & The Real Secret

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If having it all means having a challenging career AND a rewarding family life, then YES, you can have it all. But don't try to do it all! Trust me, that's a recipe for burnout and you're not giving those around you (especially the kids) a chance to shine. My career has benefited from having a family, and my family has benefited from me having a career. I want to share with you some of the secrets I've learned on how to create a balanced and harmonious life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Bookshaker (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907498389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907498381
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by more than twenty years of balancing a high powered career in International Finance finance with an active family life, Christine Brown-Quinn, together with her business partner Jacqueline Frost, launched 'Women in Business Superseries' in order to create a platform to share their practical, hands-on, business strategies for getting ahead in demanding corporate environments. As a former Managing Director in Fixed Income, Christine is well versed in what it takes to forge a thriving career in highly pressurised corporate environments.

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.

To receive your complimentary copy of the Women in Business Superseries' Career Checklist, log onto http://www.womeninbusinesssuperseries.com/

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This book is a swift, easy, and engaging read for any woman who is currently managing a family and a career, and any woman who is considering doing so. As an industry "go-to" person for women solopreneurs and women who work from home who feel overwhelmed in the workplace and want to achieve greater work/life balance, I am always looking for sources of inspiration and practical advice that will help my niche with this problem. Step Aside Super Woman is one that I will definitely recommend.

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!
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A glance at the index indicated that this was going to be a practical and useful exploration of the issues from multiple perspectives: personal, professional and societal. Christine shares insights, anecdotes and wisdom from her own experiences of combining family and professional commitments and aspirations. In addition, she grounds her suggestions and advice with a review of history, several studies and resources.

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.
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By Lynne D on May 7, 2011
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Christine's book resonated with me on a number of levels. As a mum of twins who survived a good corporate career and having run my own business for ten years, Christine's tips and stories were a useful reminder of what a constant challenge it is to juggle everything. I particularly liked the chapter on values and her 3 'C's - commitment (which she clearly has in abundance!), communication and conflict management. I think the latter is a particularly underdeveloped skill in women.
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'!
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For any Mother with a career who has felt that shiver of shock when others express sympathy at this 'predicament' this is a fabulous book. The author is matter of fact and inspirational - stating the many reasons why and how career and motherhood can work together brilliantly. For so many people who make this choice, through necessity or otherwise, this is truly refreshing. The author also reminds us that, as working Mothers, we are the ones who will make it work or not. If we believe that we can and channel our skills, and our teams at home and at work - it will. Although the author doesn't have a specific section on 'when things go wrong', she does show you how you can use your problem solving abilities to create the balance that is right for you and your family, through good times and bad.
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ALL successful, high-powered, ambitious, intelligent women in the city who have kids or are considering having a family but concerned it could impact their careers MUST read this book!
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!
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