Category: Career

How Jane (or John!) works 55 hour weeks, and sees the kids

One reason, it’s said, that women don’t pursue “big” jobs is that “big” jobs leave no room for family. Even people with superb feminist credentials sometimes buy into this belief. In a piece for HBR, Joan Williams, a law professor and founding director of the Center of WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, wr… read more »

Success at Work Challenge Week 7: Pursue Pleasure

I’m trying to achieve success at work, and you can too! This is the last week of the Success At Work challenge, in which I’ve been encouraging readers to try each of the seven disciplines listed in my ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work. You can find links to the previous weeks at the end of this post. When are you happiest at work? One of the upside… read more »

Would you pass up a promotion?

Since Sheryl Sandberg’s book came out in March, there’s been a lot of discussion on leaning in, and various attitudes and barriers that might be holding women back. Why aren’t more women in leadership roles? A recent Citi/LinkedIn poll of professional women looked at this issue specifically. Only 38 percent of women in this sample thought they would… read more »

Success at Work Challenge Week 6: Pay in

I’m trying to achieve success at work, and you can too! For the next 2 weeks, I’ll be running a #SuccessAtWork challenge on this blog. Each week’s challenge will follow one of the 7 disciplines I highlight in my new ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work. If you’re participating, please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter. I love the con… read more »

The parent card: Is this really an issue?

In any given organization, some people are slackers. Others, perhaps, work hard, but don’t care about working visibly hard. Some people are more efficient than others. Some absorb interesting ideas about work, such as that it’s unprofessional to be seen walking out of the office in the middle of the day with a gym bag. These people then project these opi… read more »