do betterI recently shared an article with the members of the Women’s Business Network of SE MA.   In this article, “‘Leaning In’ Isn’t the Answer”, published by the Business Insider, Sabrina Parsons of Palo Alto Software explains that she is not an average CEO.  On occasion, she brings her 3 kids with her to work and encourages her employees to do the same.

In her article, Ms. Parsons opines about the much talked-about book by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” . Although she agrees with Sandberg’s opinion that we need to continue to fight the leadership role gender gap in corporate America, she does not necessarily agree with the contention that women need to play into ‘traditional’ workplace norms – to do all that it takes to move ahead and succeed, often at the expense of their personal lives.

Ms. Parsons acknowledges all of the efforts and gains by the feminist movement of the 70s and 80’s.  She points out, however, that what they worked so hard for may have molded norms that forced women to behave like men in that setting.  Often, they were faced with impossible circumstances of working incredibly long hours, give everything they had, often to the detriment of their personal lives. She states, “I think that driven women always go beyond the call of duty, and certainly working moms know how to work as hard as anyone.”   She goes on to make the point that what needs to change is how and when women work.

Here is the part that really resonated with me – and gives me hope that the future for my daughters in the workplace will, hopefully, be more conducive to a full-life experience than when I started in my career. Ms. Parsons has made it a priority at her company to encourage her employees to do what they may need in order to succeed at work while raising their family.  Children are welcome in the workplace. Parents are allowed to leave to take their kids to the doctor if necessary.  Dads may need to work from home.  Others may need to have freedom to take care of aging parents.  The employees at Palo Alto Software are happier and more productive because of this culture.

I don’t know…..It just seems so very HUMAN.   This is good stuff.

How ironic.

time managementMy husband still can’t get over it.  I have recently become a social media community manager for a productivity expert.  Mitch still laughs when he thinks of me researching, tweeting and posting on the topic of time management.  He is of the impression that I, Susan Finn, just might be the worst time manager in the history of the world.  Aha – but he is so very, very mistaken.  As with so many things in life – it is really all about from which angle you approach an issue.  What Mitch sees as poor time management, may actually be excellent time management. If I can fit a few more things into those last 15 minutes before leaving for a party or serving dinner, then, I feel that I have, indeed, used that time wisely. In fact, I will probably keep tweeting and posting while we are driving to the party or to the market. (No worries – he’s driving, I’m posting – I always practice safe text)  I happen to think that is an excellent use of time.

So now, as I have become more engrossed on this topic of time management and productivity for my client, I am actually quite intrigued by it.  I am beginning to start to use many of her strategies in my day-to-day life.   Simple changes such as only working on emails at certain times during the day, creating a ‘filing’ system for my email inbox to isolate the tasks that will be most effective for productivity, and not just be busy-ness, setting a timer and more.

I found this helpful infographic on Project Eve. It was originally sourced from Success Sculpting System via Visual.ly.12-ideas-to-increase-productivity

compensation

 

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

world needs

 

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

– Howard Thurman

people believe“People don’t believe what you tell them.

They rarely believe what you show them.

They often believe what their friends tell them.

They always believe what they tell themselves.”

– Seth Godin

snow dog

paw prints

first snow

Kenai and Alex Mt Monadnock

Kenai and Alex at  Mt Monadnock

South Boston Beach WallKenai, the German Shepherd Dog, at the wall at South Boston’s Beach near Castle Island

 

Borderland Pond Silhouette

Kenai, the German Shepherd Dog, stands silhouetted against the morning sun at Borderland State Park.

Easton Town Forest with KenaiEaston Borderland State Park – Boardwalk – Autumn 2013

 Kenai Black and White at Borderland

Kenai poses amongst the leaves at Borderland State Park – Autumn 2013