work life balance

Work Life Balance is the Biggest Social Challenge for Western Societies

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard spoke at a gathering in New York a couple of weeks ago at the Australian Consulate. He was Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister, from 1996 to 2007, and represented the Australian Liberal Party. Before my conservative friends stop reading, in a “the world is upside down moment,” the […]

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Is Life About Being Happy?

I have been on and off the road all month, for lots of wonderful opportunities and experiences. I am grateful for each of them. But right this minute, I’m tired, and I miss my family. I had a conference in Washington DC over the weekend and first part of this week — and brought them […]

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Anne-Marie Slaughter and the Trade-Off Ratio of Work Life Balance

Recently I was invited to apply for a CEO position for a very cool start-up targeting new mothers. I pondered over it for 24 hours, googled everything I could find on the company’s founder and backers, and thought long and hard about two key questions. Was something I could do (did I have the skills […]

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When Big Girls Have Slumber Parties

Women sitting around a resort in the mountains bonding over blogs, twitter and motherhood at a social media conference can beg the question – is real business being done? Like any self-respecting corporate golf tournament, dollars and cents conversations are happening, deals are being struck and deep networking happening. It looks prettier and there’s way […]

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Why Sustainability Applies to Your Life (Not Just to the Planet)

When we are talking about a smarter future for the world at our house, sustainability is my word of choice. It’s not about the latest recycling instructions, or the fuel-efficiency of our car, or the energy rating of our fridge, as important those things are. It’s about whether as a whole planet, with all 7 […]

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When Dreams Become Reality

I had a dream a few years back. A dream of connecting with others around the world, a dream of writing and engaging in rich dialogue that led to action and change. I wrote an essay about that dream for Whitney Johnson, then an acquaintance, now a friend. Today a few of my words are […]

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Work Life Balance Around the World

We tend to think of this entire work life balance conversation as a distinctly American, or at least, a developed world issue. Regular readers already know that in my view, nothing could be further from the truth. When I stumbled across this video from the International Museum of Women, Mama’s Work project, you can imagine […]

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That Whole Mommy Wars Thing

I’ve been traveling for a couple of weeks and internet access has been spotty. After 26 hours of traveling followed by a delicious hot shower, many hugs from my family and a good night’s sleep, I settled in to get caught up on my social media feeds this morning. My horror at discovering the “mommy […]

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How Knowing Who You Are Changes Everything

I’ve been traveling abroad for the past week with new friends. At the start of our joint adventure, we did not know each other very well. It could have gone horribly wrong. In fact, on the journey, several things did go wrong, including engine trouble, delays and lost baggage. Not fun when you’re half way […]

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How We Get Back on Track When Work-Life Balance Feels Non-Existent

It feels like “revolving parent” around here. We are in a state of one of us packing, unpacking, saying goodbye or embracing hello. Gratefully there has been nothing that called us both on the road at the same time – at least nothing we couldn’t say no to. And for my extra long road trip […]

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