Work. Life. Balance. Work. Life. Balance. We’ve all heard those words so much it’s as if they have merged together into a simple little mantra which, if repeated enough we will manifest. “Worklifebalance, worklifeblance, worklifebalance…”
Look at her! See that career woman climb that company ladder! Look how happy her marriage is! My, aren’t her children beautiful, successful and happy! She still has time to cook gourmet recipes, clean house and have great sex! Not only that, she still plays tennis, too!
It doesn’t work like that.
Are You Kidding? What Work Life Balance?
What work life balance? Sure boss, I can stay late. No problem, I’ll get you that report. Hi Honey. I’ll cook your dinner, sew that costume for the school play, clean this house and be the cheeriest wife ever to cross the threshold. Is that work life balance?
Hmmmm. Something’s not right. Most of us are killing ourselves trying to do it all when, suddenly, it hits us. We can’t.
Fawn Germer used to hate it when her editors would have her ask women of power the question, “How do you do all of this and raise a family?” She thought the question was insulting, especially since she was never told to ask it of men. But, after talking with so many women who are trying to do it all, that remains the question. How do women do extraordinary things at work without letting their home lives fall apart? Work life balance? What work life balance?
Fawn speaks to women at the nation’s largest companies and organizations and hears immense anxiety over this one issue. The guilt they feel over having to travel or work late or miss events is depleting, consuming and powerful. They feel like they are missing so much. Like their children will resent them. Like others will judge them. Like they are doing things all wrong.
Is There Such a Thing as Work and Life Balance?
As one of the nation’s most popular motivational speakers, Fawn says the reality is that there is no issue of balance. It’s all about imbalance. It’s about making the imbalance work so you succeed professionally, raising children who are not juvenile delinquents — and not losing your mind in the process. There are work life balance issues whether you have children — or not. Women always are running to keep up with the demands. Despite their efforts to do it all, they are tortured by guilt because, let’s face it: They can never do enough.
Is it selfish to want a career? Is it selfish to want to be with your children? Is it selfish to want ten minutes to yourself? Is it selfish to want a little bit of everything? Do men feel as guilty? Are they compelled to do that?
Fawn energizes and revives every audience, giving the tips and tools that change lives. She is one of the nation’s most sought-after keynote speakers on leadership and performance and has interviewed more than 300 of the nation’s most accomplished women leaders, including everyone from Hillary Clinton to Martina Navratilova to Susan Sarandon and CEOs, senior executives, Olympic athletes and more.
See Fawn in Action
Work-life Balance? Balance Yourself First.
Oprah Loved Fawn’s Book. You’ll Love Fawn.
Oprah Winfrey thought her first book, Hard Won Wisdom, was “very inspiring.”
Fawn has a way of reaching inside of you and getting your best from you — regardless of whether you are a CEO or an intern. Just check out her testimonial page, where some of the most powerful business leaders in America tell how she has changed their lives.
There is a reason America’s largest corporations and associations are turning to Fawn Germer to speak on work life balance issues.
“Working women are constantly rushing, sacrificing and beating themselves up because they don’t have time to do everything they need to do, and they can’t be perfect in every regard,” she said. “They are trying to blaze trail at work, but they still have enormous guilt when they aren’t perfect mothers, wives, housekeepers, cooks, PTA members, etc. I get them to step outside of the chaos, look down at it and make decisions that will alleviate the pressure and let them enjoy what matters most.”
Fawn has keynoted for Kraft, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., 3M, Novartis, GSK, Motorola, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Accenture and many, many other companies and organizations that want courageous and creative performance from their people.
Keynote speaker Fawn Germer’s leadership message went everywhere last year, with four events across China and Taiwan, followed by a keynote for Cisco in Barcelona. She just spoke at the Harvard Business School’s leadership conference and her 2011 calendar is packed with major events because she is inspiring, insightful — and she has personally interviewed world renown leaders on what it takes to win.
She’ll energize your spirit, wake you up to your untapped potential and show you what you are doing to sabotage your success. All the while, Fawn will make you laugh as you re-focus your vision and dare to be daring.
Whether she’s speaking in front of an audience of thousands, huddling with the nation’s most accomplished leaders or mentoring a new generation, Fawn unleashes the possibility that exists once we embrace our obstacles and dare to stand up and lead. In the last twelve months, this best-selling, Oprah-featured author has keynoted for Xerox, Cisco, NASA, Michaels, State Farm Insurance, The Department of Defense, Novartis, State Street Financial, The Network of Executive Women, ADP, Brown-Forman, the Association for Corporate Growth and many, many other major associations and corporations. Fawn is a four-time, Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and has personally interviewed more than 300 famous leaders and legends for their perspective on leadership and success.
Last year, she released her sixth book, The Ah-Hah! Moment and is working on another book — on leadership in a globalized market.
Fawn Speaks on Finding the Up in the Downturn
If you are waiting for things to turn around, stop waiting. If you are counting on politicians or CEOs to wave their wands and fix the economic crisis, stop counting.
There is a reason America’s largest corporations are turning to best-selling author Fawn Germer in these tough times. It’s that Fawn “gets” that these challenging times have presented us with our greatest opportunity to position ourselves for success.
“Everybody’s waiting for ‘The Recovery,’ ” she says. “Well, if you wait for things to get better for everyone, you’ll miss this incredible moment to define your contribution in its boldest dimensions. This is a time to stand up and deliver.”
Fawn says that if you expect the worst, you’ll get it. What if you turn off the news and turn on your performance hyperdrive so that you work harder, assume more responsibility and contribute at a level you have never demonstrated? These are the moments that will define us as individuals and as leaders.
If you think there is no opportunity out there, you won’t find any. But, if you make up your mind that you will succeed no matter what, guess what? You. Will. Succeed.
Fawn spent two decades digging up dirt as one of America’s grittiest local investigative reporters. You’d never imagine she would leave the journalistic cynicism behind to become one of America’s most revered leadership speakers, known for passing on unbridled optimism and hope to inspire people to act, rather than give up. That’s why Oprah Winfrey thought her first book, Hard Won Wisdom, was “very inspiring.” Fawn has a way of reaching inside of you and getting your best from you — regardless of whether you are a CEO or an intern. Just check out her testimonial page, where some of the most powerful business leaders in America tell how she has changed their lives.
Fawn’s timely new book, Finding the UP in the Downturn shows that you can profit in the downturn by being agile and smart, and by persevering — no matter what. Fawn has interviewed more than 300 famous leaders and trailblazers for her best-selling books and consults with many of them regularly as their coach. She has interviewed presidents and prime ministers, CEOs and Olympic athletes, Academy Award Winners and Nobel Laureates.
Fawn has keynoted for Kraft, Coca-Cola, State Farm, PepsiCo, Ford Motor Co., 3M, Novartis, GSK, Motorola, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Accenture and many, many other companies and organizations that want courageous and creative performance from their people.
And Speaking of Work Life Balance…
Fawn Germer is one of the nation’s most sought-after work-life balance speakers. She has been the featured work life balance speaker at events around the world and brings a perspective no other work-life balance speaker can offer.