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Colleen. Accomplishments, Success and Significance

By - Last updated: Friday, December 18, 2009

I asked Colleen what she felt were her proudest accomplishments at work. She said: "I think building a brand in Canada at E*TRADE with the team.  It's very satisfying; the trip was fun, and you can look at the brand and get great satisfaction out of it in hindsight.  I didn't do it, the team did it, but I got the chance to be in a leadership position and that was really fun. When I think about other proud moments career-wise, I think running the Children's Miracle was great.  I think being part of the task force to modernize securities in Canada was great.  St. Mary's gave me an honorary doctorate degree and it was a proud moment for my ...

Colleen. Doing Things Differently, Working Mothers, Male and Female Career Experience

By - Last updated: Monday, December 14, 2009

Doing Things Differently   I asked Colleen when she considered her career in its entirety, what she would do differently, if anything. She says, if she could have she probably would have left E*TRADE a little earlier.  She says she had a great experience but after E*TRADE Canada was sold and the business was integrated, she stayed on and ran a U.S. business. Although she thought it was a great business experience, it was too far away from Canada. She says: "I live here. My travel was very hard on my kids, it was hard on me, and it was hard on my husband. It took me a long time to ask myself what I was trying to achieve?  I'd already had ...

What is the real management perspective on longer maternity leave?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The question posed for one of the Babes was: "Do you think that taking a longer maternity leave is considered a drawback by employers/bosses, even if they say that it's not?"   Linda Hohol responded to this question and she said:   "I think it is very dependent on the employer and the culture of the organization...for example, many law firms are still not very good at allowing extended maternity leave and as such, it could hurt your chances of making partner. You need to carefully assess this before you make your decision to extend maternity leave. Of course, you will likely be told "it's ok". But underneath that politically correct answer, you need to understand what is really going on and how you and ...

Olivia. Male and Female Experience, Working Mothers

By - Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Male and Female Experience   I asked Olivia to offer her impression of the difference between her experience and the experience of a male colleague. And she said:  "Well it's sort of like when I was younger and working at the grocery store. When a woman doesn't have any time for herself, it means that she has a job.  You know guys go out and have their golf games and they go to the Super Bowl and they go to the hockey game at night and do all that and that actually is a social time for them.  For me, that's just an obligation, having to go out.  When I want to have time for myself I don't want to do that. ...