Tag Archives: Parenting

How Business Leaders ‘Do It All’

“How do you do it all?” This is a question every woman leader seems to be asked, but this question is relevant for all busy people and all people who aspire to leadership. ‘Leadership’ can seem like a big word. Many people are reluctant to give themselves that title, fearing if they call themselves a leader they will be open for ridicule – and the tall poppy syndrome (which Seth Godin told us in Sydney last week is not an…

Out of Office: Whatever It Takes to Get There, Your Audience Can’t Know

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers and members share their business travel advice and stories from life on the road. Read all the posts here. No matter what has happened on the journey, I need to arrive glamorous, fresh, funny and ready to give ‘all’ to an audience. No matter what it has taken to get there I am only there to give my best performance – and it can never be about me or…

Is anyone asking “can men have it all”?

This week I think we have all delighted in the authenticity and candor of Indra K. Nooyi’s interview with The Atlantic. It is a personal account, which sets the stage for a much bigger debate. This is not a women’s issue alone. ‘Can men have it all too?’ This is a community issue about how work places are structured in the information age ie the 21st century. This is more than just creating truly flexible workplaces for all, but how…

All she wants is your time.

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, how could we miss the resounding message in “the toughest job in the world.” More than anything, I know that what I want from my two young adults is to hear from them regularly (more than once a day works for me!) and to spend time with them. I’d love to go to a cooking class with my daughter and to go go karting with my son (kids, you don’t have to spend a fortune…

Stuck for words: 5 things not to say when a person is grieving.

Grief can happen at the least expected moments, it might be a teenager who has had his or her young heart broken, it might be someone who has just been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, someone who has lost an animal companion, someone going through a divorce – or who is grieving the death of a loved one. Grief can take place anywhere, anytime and suddenly. We can be going along our merry way then suddenly something happens and…

Four Lessons for my Younger Self

I remember my parents trying to impart wisdom upon my younger self – and my busy little brain was saying something like: “Yeah, yeah, sure, whatever.” And now when I do the same with my teenagers, I think I can hear inside their heads muttering the same thing. So at the risk that no one is really listening, here are the five things I’d say to my younger self about life, starting a business, and more. Learn to listen deeply….

“Go, Dog. Go!”: The Best Book Is the One that Teaches You to Love Reading

“Hello.” “Hello.” “Do you like my hat?” “No I do not like your hat!” “Good bye” “Good bye” I remember the words written by P. D. Eastman off by heart – even though it is close to half a century since I first delighted in the words and pictures of ‘Go Dog Go’. The book was published in 1961 and I was born only a few years later. My earliest memories were of turning its pages carefully and sitting for…

Disconnected by FOMO

Many people experience FOMO that is the ‘fear of missing out’. What I mean by this is people fear that someone is having more fun or a better time than they are, in that moment. As a result many people are struggling to be present  or truly experience where they actually are. I hosted a lavish family dinner party for my sisters fiftieth birthday and it broke my heart to watch her youngest want to be somewhere else could he…

Women and leadership: it’s about choice

I have been speaking about the lack of women in leadership for years [See my blog posts]. Every International Women’s day, the statistics are published, articles are written, and nothing happens. I am very grateful that Sheryl Sandberg is leading a strong media campaign and putting together a ‘movement’ – LeanIn.org. It has been a long time since we have seen the women’s agenda on the front page of Time Magazine. This is a community issue. Many men I speak…

Advice: If It’s Meant to Be, It Is Up to Me

I was asked by LinkedIn in the ‘Influencer’ program – “What is the best advice I have every received?” Now there are many people who ask me that – a lot and I do believe that the wisdom is delivered to us when we most need it. My life is much different now than it was when I was starting my career – but really one fundamental strength has worked for me since I was a child – which is…