The Cat That Got Handshake 2.0 in The Huffington Post

We've been asked to explain about the cat in the story we told of how Anne Giles Clelland, the founder of Handshake 2.0, was quoted in The Huffington Post.

For The New Power Girls: How to Strike Balance in Business by Patricia Handschiegel - a reporter for The Huffington Postthe top-rated Technorati blog - Anne wrote, "The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life." 

Anne had that insight upon her husband pointing out her extreme efforts to find balance in her life, like teaching her cat to do tricks…

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If you're interested, here's more of the story:

Patricia Handschiegel wrote a series for The Huffington Post on women entrepreneurs entitled The New Power Girls.  She quoted me, Anne Giles Clelland, founder of Handshake 2.0, on 1/16/09 in The New Power Girls: How to Strike Balance in Business.

Handschiegel compiled a list of women entrepreneurs and e-mailed us questions.  We answered.  If what we said worked for her, she quoted us.

These were the questions she asked in one of her e-mails:

1. How do you strike a balance in your life between owning your company, your goals, and everything outside of it?
 
2. Everybody has those moments where they struggle with creating a balance – what are your ways of bringing things back on track when you're under pressure or super busy?
 
3. Please share any anecdotes, stories of how you juggle life while running your business.

This was the part of my answer she quoted in The Huffington Post:

The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life. 

Classic activities for seeking balance are playing with pets, gathering with friends, meditating, or exercise.  I do them all, acutely.

This is the full answer I e-mailed her:

The paradox of being a woman entrepreneur is that intensity is often needed in other areas to counterbalance the intensity of the entrepreneurial life. 

Classic activities for seeking balance are playing with pets, gathering with friends, meditating, or exercise.  I do them all, acutely. 

I've taught my cat to sit, run through tunnels, and jump through hoops.  I meditate insistently with a timer, and my women's group has a depth-seeking meeting protocol.  I train not for one sport, but for three as a sprint triathlete.

Only through many, weighty, highly focused activities – not one or two casual or light ones – can I counterbalance my entrepreneurial drive.

And that's the cat who sits, runs through tunnels, jumps through hoops, and, yes, even shakes hands.

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Comments

  1. Anne, it’s difficult to say which is more impressive — that you were quoted in The Huffington Post, the top-ranked blog read worldwide, or that you have managed to train a cat to do something other than sleep and eat. Whether harnessing the power of social media or that of persuasion, you are obviously a woman of many talents.
    By the way, the viewers in my family would like to know the name of your cat.

  2. You must have cats. 🙂

    Thank you for such a warm comment.

    I studied Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields-Babineau to help my cat learn tricks.

    Remember Dick and Jane and Spot? My cat’s middle name is Puff!

  3. I love the cat metaphor. And I marvel at anyone who would have the focus (um, you) to train a cat to do things even dogs won’t do. This reminds me of the Cat Herders TV spot (EDS), one of my all-time favorite Super Bowl ads. If you Google it, you can easily find it on YouTube.

  4. I’ve seen it. Unbelievable. Great cat. Great trainer.

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