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Jack Welch says there is no such thing as work-life balance

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Jack Welch, the very famous former CEO of General Electric, says there is no such thing as work-life balance if women want to get to the top of their careers. According to a speech he gave recently, women have work-life choices -- i.e. you either choose to get to the top of your field or you choose to have a family -- and it's not possible to have both.

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  • It depends on the field and the company. And also on how each woman defines "having a family." Personally I would not have kids if I didn't plan to be the primary person raising them. For me, that means being there for them during some significant part of almost every day. I have worked in a company where my definition of "having a family" would not be compatible with the type of career path I was trained for. I am not personally aware of any companies where I could have kicked that kind of butt while still parenting my child in the way I want to - but maybe they do exist.

    There are women who choose to dedicate 16+ hours a day to their career, and frankly, they should be rewarded accordingly. My choice to have children should not take away from what they have earned (and sacrificed).

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SKL on 18th July 2009

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