Turning Balance Into Harmony

Posted May 1, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

Last week, Irene Rosenfeld spoke at a luncheon in Chicago. Rosenfeld has served as CEO of Kraft Foods since 2006, and is well-respected in the Fortune 500 and a leader for women in business. She is a sought after keynote speaker, and is well-known for giving great advice both in groups and 1:1. I’ve listened to and read many of Ms. Rosenfeld’s speeches, but one tidbit from her speech last week stayed with me through the weekend, and I simply had to share it with our wonderful Career Girl Network readers.

Irene Rosenfeld addressed the controversial issue of balance for women in the workplace. She advocates all women give up on trying to have balance in our lives and instead seek out harmony. As I think about this notion, I realize how clear and simple it is, but how strange none of us have thought of it before. I’ve always disliked the idea of balance, as it suggests to me a constant struggle to remain balanced, like standing on one leg. Can you ever really be strong and centered in that position? But with harmony, it means that all separate parts are working together in unison like a beautifully singing choir or a perfectly strummed chord on a guitar.

I hope we can all follow in Ms. Rosenfeld’s footsteps and achieve not balance, but harmony in our lives.


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Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."