I vividly remember sitting in front of my computer a few years back – TweetDeck was up – my first tweet was in the “compose box” and I was getting ready to click send. I was nervous. What would people think, what would they say, what would be the impact? That first tweet was by far the hardest but once I got going it got easy and the power of social media was clear. I started having real conversations with real people – people I normally wouldn’t have access to. read more
After I had my first child, a new feeling boldly stole center stage in my life - guilt. As my maternity leave came to an end I was faced with the dreaded “return to work” day. How could I possibly choose to spend my days working instead of home with my beautiful child? I was a horrible person. Not to mention how utterly terrible I was for sending my daughter to daycare all day. I quickly became obsessed with the number of hours she spent outside of my care – if I drop her off at 8 and pick her up at 5 she is spending 9 hours at school. How selfish of me for wanting a career! read more »
Coming into the 2nd work week of 2012, I feel refreshed and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead both personally and professionally. One of my goals for the year is to write more so here I go.
In reflecting on 2011, one thing stood out for me – many unexpected surprises- the biggest being a new baby in October. During my maternity leave, I took some time to think about “change” and how it has been a driving force in both my personal and professional life. read more »
I’ve worked with Malin Liden for several years now and the one thing I immediately noticed about her is that she is so appreciative and supportive of her team. She gives recognition when she can for their hard work and she gives them multiple opportunities to be creative and then lets them fly. She supports them in taking risks and she allows them to learn from their mistakes. Big lesson here – trust and support your team. read more »
You know Darlene is in the room before you see her. Her mere presence seems to cause a shift in the atmosphere – the room seems a little brighter, the people seem a little more relaxed, and the feeling in the air is one of – ok, now we are going to get work done.
Darlene means business. Not only is she a mother of two young children, with a successful role at an energy company, and a recent law degree – she is also ultra smart, lightning quick, and knows the energy industry inside and out.
But perhaps Darlene’s greatest strength – the one that causes people around her to take notice – is her attitude. Positive, authentic, and focused. read more »
I was in a meeting recently and had one of those “a-ha moments” a la Oprah Winfrey.
We were discussing a high visibility project with an ambitious deadline and at the end of the call, one of the executive sponsors of the project directly asked who was accountable for the project (Read – who’s responsible if it fails?) and then continued to the group: “Now- you have all that you need to move forward – I assume you will meet the deadline – and I expect that the results will be fantastic.” read more »
When I first joined Carmen’s team years ago she was on maternity leave with her first child. I only knew her from the comments I’d hear from the team –
- “Carmen is so responsive – wait until you see how quickly she provides feedback to your work.”
- “Carmen is so thorough – she picks up on the things we’ve missed so immediately.”
- “Carmen has a great relationship with that team – she can really help foster the relationship.” read more »
As a teenager I can vividly remember my mom saying, “You know, Elizabeth, your mother is always right.” In most case, this phrase followed the lesson that I didn’t want to hear and would immediately trigger a roll of the eyes, a huff and a puff, and a sulk off to my room to chat on the phone with my girlfriends. read more »
I recently sat down with Jen Schulze, a marketing guru at my company. I truly respect Jen’s perspective – especially on tough topics- she is blessed with the unique ability to take a really complicated message and make it simple – put it into plain language that my grandmother could understand. A fantastic skill that I greatly admire.
The thing that immediately comes through when you speak with Jen: her passion. She loves what she does and it shines through – even over the phone. She is someone who I’d pick first for my team in gym. She is enthusiastic, positive, and motivating…especially when it comes to mentoring, networking, and learning. read more »
I’ve been thinking about this blog for a long time– ok a really long time. You see, I love having a career, love being a businesswoman. Even more, I love seeing good people succeed and I’m fascinated by the qualities that make a good leader.
When I began my career many years ago, I was amazed by the business world- the politics, the personalities, the games. Navigating has been challenging at times but I’ve been fortunate to have a great network of mentors and sponsors who have helped me along the way. read more »