I have been obsessed with the college admissions scandal that has gripped the nation's attention for the past week. As a higher education professional, I have been incredibly disappointed by the actions of Mr. Singer and his conspirators. But as a parent, I am even more appalled. What I am really struggling to wrap my head around is: who were they doing this for?
Why are Americans so obsessed with being number one? I've started thinking about this because I was recently asked by two different twenty-somethings what the next step in my career is. I have been the second most senior person on my team for about five years, so maybe to an outsider it looks like it should be time for me to move up or move on, but here's the thing: I'm happy.
Working parents who travel know it isn't easy to be away from our kids. Tearful good-byes, rushed FaceTime conversations before school/meetings, and quick text-message updates from your spouse do little to replace the soccer practices, snuggles and bedtime stories. When our daughter was four and I was pregnant with our son, I was fortunate enough… Continue reading Making work travel a little easier for this working mom and my family
Upon my return to work this week from my childrens’ school break, I was immediately greeted with "How was your break?" from everyone I encountered. To which I responded, "It was good, but I'm glad to be back." That doesn’t make me a bad mother.
To check my email or not to check my email on my upcoming family vacation; that is the question.
I am currently in the middle of a three-part training series for managers where we have been encouraged to establish mini-habits to increase the effectiveness of our communication with our direct reports. I feel that I can summarize these mini-habits in three words: be here now.
Last week I made one of the most difficult decisions of my career: I turned down the opportunity to co-chair a national conference for senior professionals in my field.