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Being busy is not an achievement...

Nor is it a skill, or a sign of success. And yet, we all compete with each other for levels of busyness.   As if the busier we are the more successful, popular and cutting edge we must be. No time for family or friends?   Very busy doing important stuff. No time for holidays or relaxation? Even more busy doing mission critical work. And so it goes on! Women are particularly hard hit in this area, because there is a fair amount for the average working woman to do at home, too! While do-it-yourself men also do a great deal around the home, these are often projects with a beginning, a middle and an end.   Women’s home work is extremely repetitive to say the least, although I have heard that mindful dish washing is very relaxing.  (See link to article below). However, for me, this topic transcends gender.   There is always another meeting to go to, frequently a crisis that only you can manage, so when is there time to be a strategic leader? Leaders need thinking time.   It’s as simple as…

Success in the 21st Century - Gender differences?

If you speak to successful people, there are those who tell you: they had a plan from day one  (organised)they were just in the right place at the right time (lucky)they worked hard and were recognised (dedicated)they continued to grow their skill set (life long learning)they saw an opportunity and grabbed it (opportunistic) andthey are well connected (networkers) All work individually, and, in combination, could make you unstoppable.   Of course, there are other factors, too - the economy, changing business requirements, to mention just two. And then you have to define success. Every person I speak to has a different definition, so for the purposes of this little article, I have tied it down to a few key areas that matter to me: Having a fulfilling purposeHaving choicesFinancial independenceSuccessful integration of work and homeIt is important to note that I have made the decision to no longer talk about work/life balance because it has been pointed out to me (thank you, Mr Adrian Sc…