In her short presentation to a TEDwomen audience in December 2010 she pithily and wittily sets out her arguments and makes sense.
She said she recognised that she was talking to an audience of Type A females but the kind of work addiction, or extreme working, she refers to is common to both men and women with a subsequent lack of sleep.
She urges them to forgo “sleep deprivation one-upmanship” , work smarter not harder, and not brag so much about how many hours they are putting in. She jokes that women really could “sleep their way to the top“.
Sleep deprivation seems almost universal in the Western economies. Adults are short of sleep and increasingly so are children. So let’s follow her advice for 2011 and not succumb to those early breakfast meetings.
Personally I hate breakfast meetings because I know I am not at my best early in the morning (See “Are you a lark or an owl“). I once worked for a CEO who wanted to bring the weekly management team meeting forward from 0900 to 0730. Most of us lived at leat an hour’s drive away but everyone was nodding in agreement, probably not wanting to be seen as wimps, until a consultant put her foot down and said she couldn’t as she had her horses to feed.
Let’s all find horses to feed!