Juggling it all

December 01, 2015

Juggling it all

Found a great quote in an article about why self-promotion is not the best route to the top. The interview with the CEO of Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert, makes the point that a woman can also get to the top by raising her hand and volunteering for varied positions, upping her technology skills and finding a sponsor and mentor. However, I would add that what one person considers to be self-promotional is probably quite different from one person to another. And I might add that I would bet that a woman’s sense of what is self-promotional could be very different from that of a man’s. Let’s just say it is quite possible! Generalization-spoiler I am afraid to say. Engelbert does mention that she has noticed a difference between men and women who march into her office.

But the article ended with a quote about focusing on what matters and I repeat it here because I had never heard it and liked it a lot.

“Citing author James Patterson’s quotation about the five balls we juggle in life — work, family, health, friends and integrity — she said that the work ball is made of rubber: If we “drop the ball,” as we sometimes do, it bounces back.’You have a bad day, you have a bad project, you have someone you don’t like that you’re working with: You’ve got to keep that in perspective.’ But the other balls, she says, are made of glass, and can shatter if we don’t pay attention to them. ‘Always keep that in mind,’ she said.”

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of corporate and CEO reputations.

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