Archive | Work life balance

03 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Stress is all-pervasive

I read with dismay the findings of a Mission Australia survey published this month.  According to the report, “the issue of greatest personal concern for young people in 2014 was coping with stress.”     This stress is said to relate to the pressures on young people in their final years of school to do well enough […]

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12 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

The Women’s Agenda

Just a brief post to note I have just had an article published on The Women’s Agenda, the headline:  Arianna Huffington and Anne-Marie Slaughter fight for a better way to work.  We should too. 

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20 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Experience in the US and beyond

  On a recent trip overseas, I had the opportunity to talk to some key players in New York, Philadelphia and London. In London, I met with Louise Sheppard, an experienced executive coach with special expertise in work/life balance.  Louise has great insight into how executives can reconcile their career and family aspirations as she has […]

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01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Lean In – only “half a loaf”?

“Half a loaf” is Lean In, the much talked about recent book by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; at least according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, another outspoken member of the upper echelons of America’s executive workforce, in her New York Time review,Yes, You Can.  And so it goes on, the bickering among feminists which has to have bogged down […]

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07 April 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Slaughter vs Sandberg

A key point of difference has been between those who push for women to behave more like men; and those who push for workplace structures and cultures to change to accommodate women.  The most recent manifestation is the contrasting viewpoints of two high profile American women, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg.   One of the most […]

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04 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Children don’t have to be the biggest obstacle

In the August 25 issue of the Economist Schumpeter states the obvious when reports that the biggest obstacle to advancement for women in business is children.   The author goes on to report that some companies are really trying to change their corporate culture to help women get over this obstacle such as Unilver, McKinsey and […]

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08 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Having it all

I am a bit slow off the mark but must refer you to an  article in the July/August 2013 edition of  Atlantic Monthly, Why Women Still Can’t Have it all.  Written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator, who bravely brings to light a reality that still impedes women progressing to top ranks – […]

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05 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Another devotee of work life balance

    A helpful friend sent me a Youtube link to a TED talk by Nigel Marsh, author of Fired Fat and Fifty and other books on work life balance.  He expresses well my own thoughts on the issue.  He believes that if we all work at it, “we can change society’s definition of success away […]

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09 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Bossypants wisdom

Tina Fey, US television writer, comic and actor, thinks one of the rudest questions you can ask a working mother is “How do you juggle it all?”, the implication being “You are fucking it all up aren’t you?”  Her standard response concedes that she has the same struggles as everyone else but with the good luck to […]

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09 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Bitch in the House

This book was a best seller in the US, a series of essays written by women about love, sex, marriage motherhood and work.  The writing is generally brilliant and brutally honest.  It makes you realise that most women, at least in the western world, share a good measure of angst, anger and dissatisfaction about the […]

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