Lean out

  @FortuneMagazine October 10, 2013: 8:02 AM ET
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With so much of the workforce now firmly committed to Leaning In, I thought I might take a few moments to counsel the opposite strategy. I've been pursuing it for decades, and it's worked very well for me. I believe you can Lean Out and still Have It All.

Before we start, let's look at the benefits of Leaning In, which I would define as aggressive careerism pursued while attempting to be a decent human being, a terrific parent, and a fully loaded party animal with excellent relationships at home and abroad. There may be people capable of accomplishing all that, but early on I determined that I was not one of them. For me, it was like trying to fit into a pair of pants whose waist size I had outgrown. I could almost close the thing, but not quite, and portions of me hung out the sides in a manner both unattractive and uncomfortable.

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