The M3 Interview: Jodi Detjen, Co-Author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life

Jodi Detjen

Jodi Detjen, Co-Author of The Orange Line:  A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life, prefers integration to balance, takes care of herself, but struggles with no.

Where/when do you feel most successful? When I am in my zone, prepared (mostly) and also able to be spontaneous with my thoughts.  When I am thinking strategically. When I have space to create.

What is your number one rule for achieving success? Make it matter. Have an impact.

With what do you struggle? Saying no to cool, interesting projects or working people I really enjoy working with.

What one thing do you wish you had more time for? More time (actually mental space) to think strategically and create.

With what do you wish you had more help? I have a lot of help to help with the detailed tasks I don’t enjoy and am not good at.  I wish I could hire more!

Is the life you’re living now, the life you imagined at age 25? No.  My life is SOOO much bigger and richer than I ever imagined.

If you went back to age 25, what would you change? I’d work on my performance anxiety much earlier and let go of the external rules.

What is your dream job? I’m doing it.

What would you like to see women do more of? Be in positions of power and influence so we can make this world a better place for everyone, not just those who are in power.

What would you like to see women do less of? Take care of everyone else at expense of themselves.  Do less invisible work.

Who are your heroines? Gloria Steinem.  All the women who got us the vote.  Eleanor Roosevelt. Oprah.

What do you admire in/about other women? Their strength.

What is your best habit? Taking care of myself (exercise and meditation and going out with friends)

Is your life balanced? My life is integrated – I have pieces of a lot of different things. I don’t actually like balance because I think it’s a misnomer and hard to sustain. Integration is more solid in my view.

Read Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman for more on how women manage career and life.
 

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