ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition - August 2000

Issue Highlight - Homeward Bound
--- Peter Block offers some practical reccomendations about how to create balance and harmony in your life.
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

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

Heard on the Street
Letters to the Editor

Views For A Change

Consultant Q&A


   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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