Second in a Series- My One Woman Book Club – THRIVE by Arianna Huffington

wiba thriveA year ago it was all about Lean In Though I appreciated Sandberg’s messages, something was lacking.  I’m happy to report I found it in Thrive, Arianna Huffington’s most recent book.  Here’s a little background on my discovery.

In 2012 I stumbled across Anne Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”.  It was the word “Still” in the title that caught my attention.  Her story resonated with me.  She left a powerful government position because the costs of her career far outweighed the benefits and the compromises created for her and her family.  I certainly don’t put myself at her level, but I too turned down a promotion because the personal and family costs would outweigh the benefits.  Her words created a firestorm in the “women and work” world. ( Slaughter article )

Sandberg’s Lean In, published a year later, inspired women all over the world.  I read it, appreciated it, but felt something was missing.  In case you missed my first One Woman’s Book Club, here were some of my Final Thoughts on Lean In.

And then Arianna Huffington filled in the missing pieces for me with her posts on .  The third metric – redefining success beyond money and power.  Huffington incorporated Slaughter and Sandberg’s ideas in to a broader context – encouraging people to not only strive for traditional success (money and power) but to redefine success – to THRIVE!

And so when I had the opportunity to see Anne Marie Slaughter AND Arianna Huffington speak, I jumped.  (Thank you Princeton’s Women in Business Alliance!).   Two feminist powerhouses  talking about what is still missing from the current paradigm of success.  Of course, I took notes so I could share them with you.  They will hopefully lead you (as they did me) to read and re-think what it means to Thrive.

Here are three points I took away from Arianna’s comments that night:

Thriving means you don’t have to be striving all the time.

Three MEGA ideas are driving change in the definition of success:

  1.       The current world is unsustainable when fueled by burnout and exhaustion
  2.       Science is finally supporting the wisdom that sleep and meditation are performance enhancing tool
  3.      There is a growing recognition that we are MORE than our jobs.

A new success mantra:  Upward, Onward, Inward

I hope you’ve read enough to pick up the book and read along with me.  If you’re not inspired to go that far, then I sure hope you will continue reading my blog posts as I comment on each of her chapters including Well-Being, Wonder and Wisdom.

Her call is out to women to drive corporate change, just as the suffragettes and the feminists changed the world before us.  And so far, from what I’ve read, her book will inspire you to action, motivate you with concrete plans and ideas, and encourage you as corporate leaders to jump on board so organizations too can THRIVE.

Next week – Chapter 1 – Well-being.  “It’s not ‘What do I want to do?’ it’s ‘What kind of life do I want to have?” (Kate Sheehan, p. 27)


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