The Myth of Work-Life Balance

posted January 26th, 2011 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

Barbara Moses wrote “The Myth of Work-Life Balance” which was published in the Globe and Mail on January 7.  Ms Moses offers a very different perspective on this issue than the one provided in issue of Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter GOOP which I posted about yesterday.   


I have long admired Ms Moses, although I don’t always share her view of the world. I was introduced to her years ago when our bank began to use her paper based Career Planning work book.  (In fact,  I still have my completed copy some 20 plus years later.  I suspect her on-line career management tool Career Advisor represents the current version of the Career Planning workbook for those of you who might be interested in this type of tool. Ms Moses describes it as being like having a career counsellor on your computer.)


Since completing her workbook and because I really enjoyed doing so, I purchased her books What Next? and Dish: Mid-Life Women Tell the Truth About Work, Relationships, and the Rest of Life.    And although this is not a Barbara Moses commercial, I will tell you that you can find past articles she has written related to work and career issues on her website  Some of the recent articles I have enjoyed, in addition to, The Myth of Work-Life Balance, include “Happy trumps grumpy in the workplace” and “Creating a boutique career”.


In her email to those of us on her circulation list in connection with the publication of The Myth of Work-Life Balance article in the Globe and Mail, Ms. Moses asks for input from her readers regarding the dilemmas they are struggling with related to work/life balance. I intend to pass some of the questions or a revised version of the questions she has posed to her readers in the context of Work/Life balance to the Babes to bring them into the discussion.  Please watch for their responses which I will publish in the Ask a Babe section over the next several weeks.


I would be delighted to hear your comments on The Myth of Work-Life Balance or others which you discover on her web site. Please share them in the Comments section below.

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