Interview with Peter – Mentors and Sponsors and More Advice!

posted March 11th, 2014 by Janet Graham

I asked Peter whether he saw himself as a mentor or sponsor and, if so, how those relationships developed and whether he has mentored/sponsored both men and women. He says: “Yes, yes and yes.  I’m quite passionate about teaching.  I really believe that teaching is one of the highest callings and whatever profession we’re involved in we not only have a duty to teach and mentor the people we work with, we’re the better for it if we do it.  It’s something that I see as extending across a much broader area than simply the juniors we work with in our organization.  It might be younger people in other organizations, in our client organizations; it extends to all the people that we interact with, in a transaction for example.  If you’re leading a transaction and you’ve got accountants and investment bankers and clients and other lawyers and other law firms …

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Interview with Peter – Advice for Women

posted March 4th, 2014 by Janet Graham

Today’s post is the second of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms.  I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!

 

I asked Peter if he was advising a young woman who wanted to have a child or children, whether he would say go right ahead, sooner rather later.  I was curious to know whether he felt there was a place today at the professional firms or elsewhere in the corporate world for a woman who takes longer to reach senior executive levels eg become a partner because she has chosen to have a family during her early work years. Do professional firms take this into account as a possibility? If it took someone longer to reach the required level …

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Interview with Peter – Women and Men in the Corporate World – Different Experiences?

posted February 27th, 2014 by Janet Graham

Today’s post is the first of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms.  I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!

I asked Peter to describe his impression of the difference between the experience of a man and woman in the corporate world.

 

Peter says: “Let’s look at this first of all from where people have come from and also from a generational perspective.  The answer is very different for my peers than for the young lawyers and business people that I see coming into the work force now who are really my kids’ age, so just to deal with that first.  At the entry level, young men and women in their 20’s are coming in with very similar experiences because …

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Taking Chances!!

posted February 11th, 2014 by Janet Graham

Bev Morris is the proprietor of Churchill’s Fine Gourmet Gifts and so much more!!

 

I am a member of her book club and so received the note she sent out to her BBC (best book club) friends. I asked for her permission to share it with you and she agreed.

 

“Happy New Year to my BBC (best book club) friends!

 

Really looking forward to spring and book discussions. I just turned 65 (yay! senior’s discount) and have been reflecting a lot on the last 10 years. I’m sending my thoughts on “taking chances” in the attachment. I have been profoundly surprised at myself. I wish you, all the best, in taking chances whatever they may be.”

 

I have admired Bev Morris and her courageous transition for years from afar. And I have thought about telling her story on my blog, so others could be inspired by her journey but didn’t get …

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