ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition - August 2000
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Issue Highlight - Homeward Bound
--- Peter Block offers some practical reccomendations about how to create balance and harmony in your life.
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These recommendations are guaranteed to work or your time back."

In This Issue...
The Economics of Choice
Children: A Blessing or a Lucky Taxbreak
Welcome to the Wild West
The Struggle to Have It All


Features...
Peter Block Column
Interviews
Day In The Life Stories
Views for a Change

Pageturners
Heard on the Street
Letters to the Editor


Views For A Change

Consultant Q&A

Question:

   I am a 28-year-old professional, wife and mother of a two-year-old boy. I recently entered the workforce after finishing my master's degree in Union/Management Relations. I am in human resources in the public sector now, with a very flexible work schedule. However, my career goals include leaving the public sector and finding a higher paying, more responsible private sector position.
  
 Now I am taking steps toward that goal by taking on freelance work-including consulting and training. I am struggling with that decision, because I know it will mean less time with my family and longer, less flexible working hours. In addition to my career, I have recently started an investment club and book club for women in my area, and I volunteer for several other organizations. Additionally I still have my home responsibilities: caring for my son, cleaning, cooking, laundry, paying bills, etc. I know most working women share this story, but I feel an overwhelming drive to keep moving up, yet I don't want to take time away from my family responsibilities.

  What advice or help can you offer regarding striking a balance between my home life and work life? And how do I balance my ambition and drive to succeed without neglecting my most important priority-my family?

Sarah Haucke
Management Trainer
Hamilton County Department of Human Services
Cincinnati, Ohio

H. James Harrington Responds
Joan Goldsmith Responds


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