The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work

August 20, 2014 2:20 PM

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The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work

As an executive coach, I work with women across the professional spectrum from high tech and bio tech to finance, hospitality and start ups. Many of the women I coach report how joyless they feel. Their calendars brim with activities, juggling product launches, organizational audits and transatlantic flights with much-needed "vacations" or rugged retreats to find the genome of their soul. For all this activity -- however important or rewarding or "fulfilling" -- the news I often hear back is: I'm overwhelmed. I'm exhausted. Or simply: I don't know what gives me joy anymore.

It is no surprise that many women feel this way. As Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, pointedly shows in her recent publication Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, women are under more pressure than ever to perform. While we comprise almost half of the work force, we are ...

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