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Step Aside Super Woman: Career and Family is for Any Woman Paperback – November 5, 2010
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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!
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'!
Written with personal perspective, wisdom, and insight, Christine outlines problem-solving skills and time saving strategies which can be implemented, using the "three C's," - commitment, communication and conflict resolution - as criteria for successful management in both arenas. Ultimately, the decision for family and career requires hard work, a sense of humor and knowing when to ask for help.
Backed by studies and historical overview, one appreciates how far women have advanced in the last 30 years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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
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
"Christine Brown-Quinn reminds that our children have an incredibly keen sense of how we as parents are feeling. If you are happy ,the kids are happy. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Kristin Engvig