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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: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 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: #2,317,829 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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It is a super, easy and enjoyable read.
Quintessential Coach
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
I would highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter the age, who may have doubts about having a career and family.
Christine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By Michele d. on March 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 professionally. If this book can stop even one accomplished career women from leaving their field - and the temptation is always there- then Christine has added another accomplishment to her list. A great read for the good days - and even better one for the bad!
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By Justine Cooper on March 29, 2012
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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, but to truly believe that it can nourish and benefit everyone involved. I now keep your book in my handbag, so that I can immerse myself when I have those wobbly moments. And I just loved the acknowledgement that it is all a continuum; as a mother of two daughters and one step-daughter this truth has kept me sane.
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You don't have to be superwoman! This book is a must read for every woman who frequently feels guilty for wanting it all. What a refreshing book and finally one which puts life into perspective and doesn't make you feel guilty to want both a family and a career. This book confirmed to me that I'm not alone and that whilst it isn't easy to raise a family and maintain career success it can be achieved. Thank you Christine for sharing your story, truly an inspiration I was able to relate to many of the situations you've experience.
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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. Christine combines research, business-wisdom and personal experience to create a powerful account of 'how she does it'. The costs of combining a family and a career are well-known, for the first time I have seen the benefits highlighted too. It really opened my mind. It works because it is very down-to-earth, and Christine openly shares her own experiences. - Inge Woudstra - Founding Director Mum & Career - web-community for working mums
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By saharnaz farivar on August 13, 2011
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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. It is intelligent, honest, practical, motivtional, and just to the point.
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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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By R. Jolly on August 1, 2011
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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 spend enough time with my daughter. In one of my Sociology classes, we discussed how women feel pulls in the opposite direction. The women who stay at home want to be working, and the ones who are working want to stay home. It's as if there's no middle ground. Christine's book shows that it's not impossible to juggle a family and career and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to read it! (I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.)
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Christine has an upbeat style which enables individuals to feel it is possible to manage the work life balance of having a family. She offers practical advice and ideas and makes you realize that this issue is a complex one. I particularly like that the book makes individuals consider the whole aspect of home and work values and the importance of aligning these. Christine is a role model and by the sound of it her husband is too, she also comes from the American we can do anything culture, we in the UK could learn a lot from this approach however it won't suit everyone's style.
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