Leadership on Point

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

August 23, 2012 Richard Levin

I have come to a disappointing realization.  It is now 14 years since my colleagues and I published our much-talked-about book, Shared Purpose, whose premise was that employers, families, communities, governments, and schools must work together to address the work/family imbalance facing working parents.  At the time, we urged our readers not to view “work and family” as a women’s issue, but as a serious challenge we must collectively address as a society.

It is why I am so saddened to read Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic: “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”, whose conclusion is that society has reneged on its commitment to working moms and has continued to place the burden of “work/life balance” on women.  (Anne-Marie Slaughter is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and the mother of two teenage boys. She served as the director of policy planning at the State Department from 2009 to 2011.)

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No Man Is An Island

September 20, 2011 Anne Etra - Guest Author

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone.

We watched the ceremonies, listened to tearful remembrances from loved ones, considered the fearless, fallen heroes who died trying to help their fellow humans.  We were outraged all over again by the pure hatred of those who carried out this heinous, cowardly act.

Hopefully, we also felt our hearts.

Sadness and anger are exhausting, and they sometimes bring us to a place of quietude, of reflection and stillness.  To achieve a counterpoint to the madness we go within, examining ourselves, our family friends and colleagues, and our place in the sun.

In business – as in other areas of our existence – it’s all about relationships.

Human interactions count – whether dealing with clients, co-workers, staff, suppliers, your audience, or the guy on the corner where you buy your daily coffee.   We rarely act completely alone, and are all in some way intertwined as the world turns.  To achieve our objectives to get through the day or to meet this month’s profit projections we depend on each other.  Yes, at times we must be tough, but a little gentleness and understanding go a long way.

And that includes being gentle with yourself.

In the spirit of cooperation, and operating on the theory that every act of generosity puts a powerful plus against the war on terror,

I offer this free download of 50 Fitness Food and Relaxation Tips

These small gems you can do in the morning, at work, while you eat, food-shop and relax at home will help strengthen your body, sharpen your mind, and calm you down.  This in turn allows you to feel better, and generate the positive energy to successfully play your role in the rich and beautiful interconnected world we live in.

Share them with a friend.

 

 

Written by Anne Etra, President of ETRAwords.com, fitness professional and consultant.  She can be reached at anne@etrawords.com.

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Is Multi-Tasking Affecting Our Success and Failure at Work?

February 16, 2011 Jessica Levin - Guest Author

The art of multitasking, Richard Levin & Associates, executive coaching, coaches

There aren’t enough hours in the day. We’re constantly on the go, continuously worrying about the tasks we have to accomplish. A mother rushes to get her kids to school while talking on the phone in her car, changing the radio station, and eating a granola bar — all the while trying to focus on the road. A doctor spends five minutes with a patient, entering data into electronic medical records, taking notes, checking his blackberry and beeper for emergency notices, and hurries on to the next patient.

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