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Work Life Balance: what does it mean for you?

I’ve been pondering this idea of work life balance.  Quite a bit lately, as a matter of fact, in another effort to understand what the link might be to getting and keeping more women in leadership roles.  And the more I think about it, the more it makes me think… I want to have a […]

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“A full-time career? Why should I be doing this to myself?” Why close to a million women choose not to participate in the workforce – a guest post by Ingrid Messner

Do these ‘ladies of leisure’ pose a threat to Australia’s productivity? This is what a recent headline in The Australian newspaper indicated. The blame seems to be on us women – if only we were to choose to work, the danger of the ticking population time-bomb will be so much smaller. I’m not sure that […]

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One child equals a “nominal family”? Women choosing to “marry up” in preference to establishing a career? When women attack women everyone loses

Earlier this week I wrote about the fact that everyone loses when women leave their careers.  The same is true when women attack women: everyone loses.  I’ve seen first hand the vengeance of stay at home mums whoattack women for using childcare.  Then there’s the Ladder Kickers who get to the top and refuse to support the […]

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NZ study on Workplace Flexibility in the Accounting Sector finds partnership and having children are mutually exclusive

A new study into the flexibility practices of the accounting sector has been undertaken to determine why this profession – in which women have long dominated at the graduate level – is still failing to attain significant female representation at partnership ranks. The study was undertaken by the New Zealand Ministry for Women and reviewed workplace practices […]

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Congratulations to Kate Sykes – founder of CareerMums and new Telstra ACT Business Woman of The Year

I was thrilled to receive Kate’s email yesterday announcing she had taken out the ACT Telstra Businesswoman Award for 2010.  Many of you know Kate Sykes – she has been a speaker at Ascend – and CareerMums, that seeks to help parents re-enter the workforce.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Kate is a […]

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While flexible work plans are a popular way to support gender diversity, only 30 percent of companies have them – McKinsey findings

Despite gender diversity being a top three agenda item for many companies and industries, McKinsey research has  discovered that only 30% of companies have them, and 25% of survey respondents said that their companies performance evaluations  are structured to neutralize the potential negative career impact of flexible work. Interestingly, the same study found that one […]

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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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