Cover of Winning
Yes, I know I am probably years late in reading Jack Welch’s book Winning, but better late than never. I am now a Jack Welch groupie – not only because his management advice is pragmatic (my middle name) but can be applied to making decisions throughout your life.
As I near the last pages of this book, Jack (remember, I am a first name kind of gal) admits he is not an authority on work-life balance. In that very same paragraph he states “For forty-one years, my operating principle was work hard, play hard, and spend some time as a father.” I applaud him, not because he will ever get any father or husband of the year awards, but because he made a choice and he owns it.
Women and men I meet, so often leave the choices to circumstance rather than setting up their ‘operating principle’. I have a workshop named (Life) Infrastructure 101…after reading this book I think Operating Principles for Work/Life would be a much better title.