The Orange Line: A Woman's Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life

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Why do women find work-life balance so hard? Why is having it all such an elusive quest? Why haven t women yet reached equality in the leadership ranks?

Authors Jodi Ecker Detjen, Michelle A. Waters, and Kelly Watson probe these questions and more in their highly anticipated new book: The Orange LineTM - A Women s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life. Through interviews with 118 college-educated women, they document real-world career stories and daily life anecdotes about women s experiences in the work-life struggle.In their research they uncovered how women trap themselves with outdated but pervasive ideals and rigid behavioral rules that define the ideal woman. The authors named this limiting belief system the Feminine FilterTM. Not surprisingly the Filter contains rules such as Do it all, Look good, and Be nice, but nowhere on the list is the rule, Be smart. Accordingly, the authors call on women to turn their belief system around, not only by starting to think and work smarter, but also to reframe their assumptions and shed their guilt.

The authors trace the professional path women follow on their pursuit of career success, starting with what they call the Green Line. This is when women, mostly in their twenties and thirties, identify themselves through their work, abandoning their own needs and exhausting themselves in the process. The Green Line career, despite the external rewards it may garner, often leads to a self-perpetuating and unfulfilling life story.

After time spent on the exhausting Green Line path, many women begin to seriously consider the prospect of opting out of their career. This might be to spend more time with their children, or because of a job loss, burnout or a health issue. In doing so they head off onto what the authors term the Red Line path. Now they make their career secondary in importance or even walk away from it completely, to focus fully on life and/or family.

In this book the authors describe a new career track opportunity: The Orange Line. Women on The Orange Line do not need to choose between work and life; they choose both and live both fully. Women can use The Orange Line as a launching pad to create a robust, whole life that integrates work, family, and self. Orange Liners learn to consciously pace themselves and design a career path that accommodates their own needs. They also take care not to do it all, but rather to assure themselves sufficient support in their home lives to preserve and enable their creative energy.

The Orange Line is the most radical call to arms for women in decades. It does not look to governments, corporations and other organizations to change. Instead, the authors inspire women to look inward. That is where women will find and claim their power.

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Jodi is a Professor of Management at Suffolk University, Boston. Jodi writes about the organizational aspects related to living an integrated life. She is a principal partner of a boutique consulting firm, the InTrinsic Group. Jodi works with organizations to deliver outcome-focused leadership development, process improvement to match performance strategy and coaching to foster effective performance. Prior to this, Jodi was as an international management consultant based in London, England working with Global 1000 clients focused on large-scale organizational change. Jodi received her MA in International Development Policy from Duke University and her B.Sc., from Virginia Tech in Management Science.

Michelle has worked in the finance, professional services and university sector as SVP Business Development, SM Policy & Diversity and general manager. Recently she led a project across four continents for a client while managing their Fortune 100 accounts. Prior to this, she designed and implemented an award winning Work Life Strategy for an Australian G8 University. She co-founded the Victorian Work/Life Association and Beacon Hills College. Michelle has led work-life projects and co-published the article, Family Friendly Polices: Useful or Symbolic, in the Asia Pacific Journal of HR. She has presented at AWLP conferences and given lectures in Work/Life at Masters level. Earlier Michelle established and managed childcare centers. She holds a B. Sp. Ed and M. Mgt from Monash University and CWS from the Institute of Social Welfare, Australia.

Kelly Watson is a former marketing executive and now provides consulting services to a range of companies. She has implemented large-scale operations projects including e-commerce, Point-of-Sale systems, inventory control, Paperless Practice Medical software, and ERP systems. She has filled executive-level roles for her clients and has launched new businesses on their behalf. Kelly also has taught a popular MBA Business Consulting class at Loyola Marymount University. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, where she was recognized with high honors as a member of both Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu.

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I am confident that when people look back a decade from now they will view publication of The Orange LineTM as a watershed event. In the book, authors Jodi Detjen, Michelle Waters, and Kelly Watson challenge women to confront assumptions they have that surround and limit their professional and their personal lives. While the authors issue this challenge with empathy and caring, they never lose sight of its underlying message: The power of change lies within. The authors advice is not easy, and their book offers no place for self-pity or excuses for blaming the system. Indeed, it may create discomfort for some women as they internalize its messages. But The Orange Line gives hope to all of us who believe that women s integration of work and family is the key to a successful society. --Paul F. Levy is the author of Goal Play! Leadership Lessons from the Soccer Field and former President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Simple in their approach, yet complex in their thinking and analysis, Detjen, Waters and Watson outline the ideal of a new approach to Career, Family and Life. Having it all was never so attainable. --Marshall Goldsmith is the author of 34 books, including including the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won t Get You There. He is also America s preeminent executive coach, according to Fast Company magazine.

There is no reason women should be choosing work or life in the 21st century. Detjen, Waters, and Watson successfully explain how Orange Line workers choose both...and succeed. For women who want to live life to the fullest every single day, this is a must-read. --Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, Co-Authors, Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It

Simple in their approach, yet complex in their thinking and analysis, Detjen, Waters and Watson outline the ideal of a new approach to Career, Family and Life. Having it all was never so attainable. --Marshall Goldsmith is the author of 34 books, including including the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won t Get You There. He is also America s preeminent executive coach, according to Fast Company magazine.

There is no reason women should be choosing work or life in the 21st century. Detjen, Waters, and Watson successfully explain how Orange Line workers choose both...and succeed. For women who want to live life to the fullest every single day, this is a must-read. --Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, Co-Authors, Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It

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