- 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: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,329,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Step Aside Super Woman: Career and Family is for Any Woman Paperback – November 5, 2010
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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.
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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'!
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!
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.