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

Written by Scott Brown


While we usually focus onrepparttar actual act of job searching and career advancement in these articles, there are some other issues that can have a big impact on your career and are worth investigating. One such issue is balancing family obligations with those of your career. Raising children is a big job- a full time job in itself. If you have children or are about to, read on for some helpful tips. If your family is taken care of, youíll be able to focus on your career without worrying about whatís going at home.

Where to leave your children after school

Duringrepparttar 141765 day, you know your kids are taken care of at least until 3:00 PM. But after school ends, youíre going to need some kind of daycare that will keep your little ones busy until you get off of work. Here are some ideas to help you jumpstart your back to work plan:

*There are people who can help. If youíre new to a town or community or just donít know where to go, start with your childís school. Many public schools offer after school programs for students that will not only keep them busy, but help them with their homework and enrich their overall social and academic skills. *Network with other parents. Chances are, a lot of your childís friends and classmates have parents inrepparttar 141766 same boat as you. Contact them for ideas or try and set up an exchange whererepparttar 141767 two of you take turns withrepparttar 141768 children when your schedule allows. Donít just network with working parents, network with stay-at-home parents as well. Try to work something out with them too because they have even more time than your colleagues who work a 9-5.

In Leadership, The Critical Convergence Drives Great Results

Written by Brent Filson


PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH: This article may be republished in newsletters and on web sites provided attribution is provided torepparttar author, and it appears withrepparttar 141681 included copyright, resource box and live web site link. Email notice of intent to publish is appreciated but not required: mail to: brent@actionleadership.com

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Summary: Leaders can achieve more results if they create an environment in which people are ardently committed torepparttar 141682 leaders' cause. A key factor in creating this environment is developing a critical convergence,repparttar 141683 joining of leaders' enthusiasms andrepparttar 141684 people's into a single force for success.

In Leadership, The Critical Convergence Drives Great Results by Brent Filson

The Leader's Fallacy lives! We subscribe torepparttar 141685 Fallacy when we believe our enthusiasm over a particular leadership challenge is automatically reciprocated byrepparttar 141686 people we lead.

If ignorance is bliss then leaders going around blithely adhering torepparttar 141687 Leader's Fallacy have corneredrepparttar 141688 market on happiness.

The truth is, it's more realistic to believe in INVERSE RECIPROCITY: i.e., whatever motivates you, "DE-motivates"repparttar 141689 people.

That's especially so for leaders who are trying to motivate people to meet extraordinary challenges.

You'll never know how good you are as a leader unless you are motivating others to be better than they think they are. In that endeavor, you'll inevitably get at least some ofrepparttar 141690 people angry.

Most people are settled into a comfortable status quo and resist and resent being challenged to break out.

But if you aim to get great results, people not only have to be pushed but more importantly, they must be challenged to push themselves.

So, if you're not getting some people angry with you overrepparttar 141691 pushing, you're doing something wrong as a leader, you're not challenging people enough.

This doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't haverepparttar 141692 people share in your enthusiasms. You must. That sharing is called CRITICAL CONFLUENCE,repparttar 141693 joining of your enthusiasms and theirs so they are as enthusiastic as you about meetingrepparttar 141694 challenges you face. Until a critical confluence happens, you can't get great results consistently.

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