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There is a small, disheveled baby robin making her very first steps in my garden today. She looks a bit dazed and exhausted, her lovely yellow down all awry. I know exactly what she feels like. She looks like a lot of people I know right now. At almost every age, everyone seems to be […]

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Why does it seem like you can’t throw a paper airplane in some offices without hitting a person who is training for a marathon, planning a 10-day silent meditation retreat, or intending on scaling Kilimanjaro? On top of working 24/7 for a company that doesn’t pay overtime? Extremism is becoming the norm not only in […]

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There are so many articles about the challenges and stresses of being a working parent. But this is an article about joy. Let me just, for a moment, shine a light on the pleasures that await you once your kids have grown up and left home – it comes faster than you think. You’ve probably […]

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“We learned to take the long view, mostly because we didn’t have any other choice,” says Kate, now in her sixties and busy investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs. “Both sticking to our full-time corporate jobs or one of us becoming a full-time parent weren’t attractive options to us. We wanted to change the […]

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Would you like to know the exact day of your death? Most people I’ve asked answer no. Yet it is information that most countries and companies, as well as the other half of your couple might benefit from getting. I read of a website that would help, and bravely answered the five questions on Deathclock.com. […]

The post From Linear Sprint to Multiple Marathons: Careers in the Age of Longevity appeared first on 20-first - Building Gender Balanced Businesses.

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By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Davia B. Temin (CEO of Temin & Co.) In the current sex harassment meltdown, companies are buying a record amount of insurance. That’s not going to save them. Nor is hiding behind lawyers, codes of conduct, or even sealed settlements. Tensions are high, tolerance is low, spotlights are focused, tech is […]

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I was at a dinner with eight highly successful professional women recently, ranging from age 35 to 74. Their stories were typical of research I have been conducting on dual-career couples. One had just been given a huge promotion opportunity in another country, but had struggled for several months to get her spouse to agree […]

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With the recent spate of firms in the news over sexual harassment allegations and charges of gender bias, it is obvious that an issue many in business had thought was “done” is instead far from finished. Fostering corporate cultures which make half your employees feel somewhere between unengaged and unsafe is becoming risky and unsustainable. […]

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The leaders we elect speak volumes about ourselves and the cultures we inhabit. So do their spouses and the couples they form together. Never have two modern Western countries offered such divergent role models, where marital choices become potent symbols of progressive social trends, or their disappearance. It is an astonishing historical and cultural divide […]

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“First, gender equality is a moral issue.” Almost as soon as the CEO opened his mouth, I knew he wasn’t convinced – or convincing. He was a bit slumped in his chair. He knew the statistics that the audience had just been presented were nowhere near ‘equality’, which was hardly a good way to prove […]

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