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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 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: #2,938,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Author

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.

More About the Author

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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I highly recommend it for all young women working in business today!
A. FERNANDEZ
I would recommend this book by Christine Brown-Quinn to all professional women who are seeking practical advice on how to combine a career and family.
Christine Lawrence
The tips and techniques she offers throughout the book are both thought provoking and inspirational.
Christine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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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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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By Rhian on January 30, 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book over Christmas. Christine's approach is very inpirational and she really does connect with her readers. I like her writing style and many of her anecdotes were witty and amusing and made me see the funny side of my own family life.

I wish I had read this book when I first had my child as I have always felt guilty for continuing with my career as well as looking after my child. I am currently taking a one year sabbatical from work as my work life balance was all wrong, but this book has provided an opportunity for me to re-evaluate my options.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Christine's books in the future!
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By Christine Lawrence on February 16, 2011
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For over 30 years key organisations such as Women in Banking & Finance have heard from many women who are faced with the dilemma of achieving Work Life Balance, while trying to progress their career and have a family. It is refreshing to read "Step Aside Super Women" that tackles a subject that is addressed on all levels, therefore, academically, intellectually, strategically and on a personal level. I would recommend this book by Christine Brown-Quinn to all professional women who are seeking practical advice on how to combine a career and family. Christine Lawrence, President, Women in Banking and Finance (professional networking organisation)
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By Ian. W on February 13, 2011
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As a man, I believe this book to be invaluable to all women who are struggling to balance career and family commitments. I have managed teams all over the world and have seen the manifestation of these pressures and stress's close up. I have coached working women through difficult periods in their professional and personal lives, which is why I believe this book to be very powerful tool. Christine has created a valuable and positive guidebook with plenty of great advice that every women should have in her book collection. It is also an excellent book to help men understand the pressures on Women trying to balance family and Career. It is a MUST.
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I'm not married and I don't have kids, so I wasn't sure if a book on career and family would be relevant to me. But I liked the title 'Step Aside Super Woman' and decided to read it. I'm sure glad I did! The book is truly inspirational and offers young women great advice on today's working world. It gave me direction and a strong sense of purpose. The most important piece of advice in the book, in my opinion, is to be true to yourself and don't deviate from what you believe in and value. I highly recommend it for all young women working in business today! Alexa, President Georgetown Alumni Club of the UK (aka UK Hoyas)
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By Simone on January 31, 2011
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As a working mum in banking, I see lots of women who progress fast in their 20s and early 30s in their career and then to abruptly not come back from their maternity leave. This book is a perfect guidance to this talented pool of women who would benefit both their home and work place by coming back and contibuting at work with their new developed skills from motherhood and therefore be able to progress and nurture their career better, also serving as a role model -slash- supermum to their little ones. Definitely recommend to anyone on this path of paralleling family and career.
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