Parents returning to work: how to balance work and family life

Written by Scott Brown

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Do your homework

If youíre worried thatrepparttar after school programs wonít keep your child afterrepparttar 141765 designated time, check out all of your possible resources. Parents these days work one, sometimes two jobs and needrepparttar 141766 support of their community. You might be surprised to know that while most after school programs run until 5:30 or 6:00 PM, several programs offer an extended after school program that lasts until 9:00 or 10:00 PM. Most days youíre probably not going to be anywhere near that late. However, it would be nice to know that if you have a late night at work, your child will be taken care of.

Do it for your children

Whether youíve got a large family or youíre a single parent with one or two children, holding down a successful career is a great example for your child(ren). The last thing you want to do isrepparttar 141767 sendrepparttar 141768 message that you canít have a family if you want to have a career.

Even if youíre a single parent whoís been out of work for a substantial amount of time, you can still make a comeback in your professional life. Donít let anybody tell you that you canít balance a great job with a great family. It may take some getting used to, but you can haverepparttar 141769 life you want.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

In Leadership, The Critical Convergence Drives Great Results

Written by Brent Filson

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The Leader's Fallacy is an obstacle torepparttar critical confluence. Don't thinkrepparttar 141681 Critical Confluence will happen automatically. Know instead that you must work hard to achieve it.

After all, you yourself must be motivated about those challenges. If you're not motivated, you shouldn't be leading. But your motivation is irrelevant simply because it's a given.

Here's what's relevant: Can you transfer your motivation torepparttar 141682 people so they are as motivated as you are? And can you translate their motivation into action that achieves results?

Everyone has major needs that shape their thinking and their actions day in and day out. If you want those people to take ardent action for you, you must provide solutions torepparttar 141683 problems of those needs sorepparttar 141684 action you have them take brings them closer to realizing those solutions.

Byrepparttar 141685 way,repparttar 141686 critical confluence is not "win/win". It's much deeper and richer. Unlike "win/win",repparttar 141687 critical confluence is an on-going relationship process from which flow mutually beneficial expectations and solutions.

Here are three steps you can take to help make a critical confluence happen.

(1) Understand their needs.

(2) Turn their needs into problems.

(3) Have their commitment to your cause be a solution to their problems.

To getrepparttar 141688 best out of people, we must embracerepparttar 141689 best in them. Whenever you need to lead people to tackle important challenges, recallrepparttar 141690 Leader's Fallacy. Know that their commitment to your cause doesn't come automatically. You have to earn it by embracingrepparttar 141691 best of who they are. When you takerepparttar 141692 trouble to build a critical convergence, you'll see a significant jump inrepparttar 141693 results you have others achieve.

2005 © The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's recent books are, THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He has been helping leaders of top companies worldwide get audacious results. Sign up for his free leadership e-zine and get a free white paper: "49 Ways To Turn Action Into Results," at

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