Are you, or is someone you know, a power part-timer?
The start-up sector is bursting with new ideas and one of its hot topics is working hours. Switching from normal office hours — or in many cases far more than that — to a 25-hour-week can appear a stretch, and it might never work for everybody, but from young start-ups to tech giants like Amazon introducing shorter weeks to teams of people, there is plenty of inspiration to take. Stephan Aarstol, the founder of Tower, has penned an article for Fast Company, detailing his company’s move to a shorter week.
Even if your company is still 9-5+, the world of work is slowly changing – and the Timewise Power Part Time List proves it. This annual roll call of 50 men and women, working part time at the top of their profession, ‘busts the myth’ that part time means an end to ambition and achievement. Find out more and vote below.
Shortcut to success
We’ve also put in our pre-orders for Lu Li’s book Dear Female Founder (pictured above) — it collects the advice of 66 incredible women of different ages, races, backgrounds and industries, aiming to inspire a new generation of aspiring female entrepreneurs to go out there and start achieving. See it here.
It aligns well with BBC News Business’s experiment where they’ve been asking successful CEOs about what advice they wish they’d received when they first started. It also questioned whether female CEOs could have benefited more from receiving advice from other women. While there is no rule of thumb, many said they would’ve loved that kind of encouragement — if only to feel they can break through any glass ceilings.
It’s never too late to learn from others, and so we also loved Portia Crowe’s article for Business Insider where she listed advice from six successful women of Wall Street. A piece of advice that resonated with us came from Cara Fleisher whose advice is to be “multilingual” in our communications. Observe the people around you and speak to them in a way that makes them feel comfortable.
Perhaps less inspiring on paper — but possibly very inspiring when it becomes a part of your environment — was an article from The Muse, listing eight ambient noise websites that promise to transform your open office workspace into the residence of a productive genius. Whether you’re feeling stressed or distracted, there’s a sound to get you through it. Bookmark this for next week and prepare yourself to start the new season revamped.