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Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success Hardcover – April 16, 2007
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Chapter 1 - Why Mess with the Male Competitive Model. Good way to start a book. I think we'll be hearing more about this as generation y gets further into the workplace. While a hardcore minority will stick to the traditional Gordon Gecko "greed is good" model, we'll see countless others rebel against the values of the generations before them (as all generations before rebelled against their parent's values).
Chapter 2 - Looks at how large a factor elder-care already plays in women's lives. In fact, it's larger than child-care as this affects all women. This is only going to increase as Boomers start being the ones needing care.
Chapter 3 - Extreme Jobs, Extreme Demands. Thought this chapter could make a whole book. It's a great overview of how corporate America has changed. I have a friend whose parents were both big executives at major companies, yet all the time growing up, she swears that both made it home for dinner almost every single night. This is practically unheard of even for middle management these days.
The latter half of the book gives examples of companies who are launching innovative programs to resolve the situation. This makes it a must-read for any management team who is struggling to keep women, OR, better yet, recognizes what a great asset they have and wants to boost them up even more! However, it still begs the question of what to do for the majority of women who do not work for the handful of Fortune 500 companies who get it, and have the funds to produce such innovative programs.
She also presents case studies of firms that have done it successfully.
Solidly researched, lucidly analyzed, persuasively argued and a good read. This is a win-win book that is both good for business and good for talented women workers. If employers followed its advice they would retain talented employees --and these talented women would at last be able to have it all: marriage, family and a career. A book that all career women --and the employers that ought to love their work enough to want to retain it-- should read.
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In a nutshell, aside from her reference to some of the programs in support of women’s career breaks and the general awareness of the current conditions in her opinion, I did not... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Farnoosh Brock
I'm not even successful enough to have been detoured by marriage or family. Just drama. Maybe we should start with not bothering to tell girls they can do anything, because the... Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Anne-Marie ROss
"Off-Ramps and On-Ramps" takes us on an enlightening journey that goes beyond the standard business case for workplace flexibility. Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by Victoria Waterman, Leading Women MASS
I had higher hopes for this book! Alas, not all were realized.
We all know (and the author does fine background, in case we don't) that women are fairly easily derailed... Read more
Economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett does an excellent job of outlining both subtle and bold barriers that relegate many talented women (and minorities) to the lower end of promotions and... Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by Rolf Dobelli
This book honestly and openly explores what I believe thousands of professional women are facing today - the deep challenge of creating a successful professional life of meaning,... Read morePublished on July 4, 2007 by Kathy Caprino