Authors Connie Brown Glaser and Barbara Steinberg Smalley deftly combine solid reporting of facts, figures and poll results with insightful stories about women who have abandoned the corporate rat race. This concise look at a pivotal trend is not limited to women only, though they are its emphasis. The authors introduce high-powered executive women who seek more purpose, balance and fulfillment, and find it by taking less stressful positions, starting their own businesses or switching careers. Much of the story is told through the personal case histories of corporate strivers who decide to chuck it all and go home. Many of these pioneers asked, "What good is all this money when I have no time to enjoy it?" They got tired of being "corporate machines," sick of jeopardizing their health and their important relationships. While many employers now understand that satisfaction, purposefulness and appreciation can trump money, some ground still need to get broken here. getAbstract.com highly recommends this book to people at all levels in the work force because it will help you consider your destiny - even if you love the electricity of corporate life and would be bored to tears making gift baskets in your garage.
In this summary, you will learn
- How notions of success are evolving away from salary and career advancement and toward personal fulfillment;
- Why women (and some men) are leaving the corporate world to seek balance in their lives; and
- What alternatives they pursue, from flex time to job sharing to becoming entrepreneurs.
About the Authors
Connie Brown Glaser is a consultant and authority on women in business. She has been featured on The Today Show, Leeza, Bloomberg News, CNN and ABC. She has served as a faculty member for the International Management Council and the American Institute of Banking. Barbara Steinberg Smalley specializes in writing for and about women, and has published more than 300 articles. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including McCall’s, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, and Reader’s Digest. She received the international ATHENA Award, recognizing women who selflessly give of their time and talents to help other women reach their goals.