If you want to have a truly unsatisfying conversation, try talking about how to find work/life balance. With around-the-clock, "anytime, anywhere" work models serving as the norm today, many of us want the elusive answers for making it all happen. Why can't the solutions be neatly wrapped in a simple how-to manual, checklist or training class?
Today, as I release my new book, PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask-and Stand Up-For What They Want (Jossey-Bass), I can't help but reflect on the ways that book writing has changed me — both personally and professionally. Yes, some of these changes may sound intuitive, as though they're natural byproducts of taking on a big writing project, but many others have come as a surprise. As I stand at the finish line, taking a needed breath, here are the 4 book-writing lessons I'm most grateful for:
On the eve of my book being released, what a thrill it's been to collaborate on a survey with LinkedIn covering one of my favorite topics “negotiating!" Surveying 2,000 plus global professionals for the study, LinkedIn's results ”just out today” yielded some compelling outcomes. Chief among them, a full 35 percent of people report feeling anxious or frightened about negotiating. What may look like simple distaste for negotiating on the part of professionals is made worse by a shaky job market that leaves us even more reticent to ask for what we want.
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