Charlene Li calls it like it is

I’ve been reading Groundswell (along with 3 or 4 other books simultaneously, which probably isn’t healthy) and while it definitely lends itself to skimming in parts, it’s a solid, useful book and I’ve been thinking of buying it in bulk to leave around the office. I was shocked, and then not, to hear that the author, Charlene Li, who has also been a speaker at Web 2.0 Expo, is leaving her employer.

Forrester has bent over backwards to be accommodating and flexible, but in the end, I have decided that I need to have greater control over how I allocate my time between work and family. As any working parent knows, there’s no such thing as balance – only a series of compromises on both the work and home front.

After my crisis about the Europe trip (which went well, by the way, despite it’s brevity) I’ve been domestically inclined. I’ve gone from blogging quite a bit on the work blog in the spring, to a short flurry of posts here, to nothing in the past weeks. Not that work has shrunk its footprint in my life; there’s been plenty going on with putting the finishing touches on our New York event, planning for Europe in October, and thinking ahead to 09…yes, the planning starts now, or at least planning for the planning. But with Chris pulling back-to-back all-nighters for weeks now, it’s just me on the homestead, so some focus is required.  The “balance” shifts.

Anyway, good for you, Charlene.  You have options.  You’re using them.  I bet whatever you do next will be just as significant and useful as your recent achievements, and now you’ll be in the drivers seat.  I’ll take inspiration not only from your insights into the business potential of social technologies but also from your frank assessment that the search for balance is futile.

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