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Interview with Jane – Being a Working Mother

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had any regrets about being a working mother, what it was like for her and how she dealt with the challenges and conflicts particular to working mothers   She says: “No I don’t have any regrets.  My children are very well-adjusted. They are 9 and 13.  Actually, I have four children because I have two step-children as well, so I have a 9 year-old, two 13 year-olds, and a 17 year-old.  Two of them are not living with me but it still means juggling and trying to prioritize.  You need to make sure that you get involved. I’m home every night for dinner with them; I don’t miss dinners.  When I have to travel occasionally to give ...

Interview with Jane – Advice for Women Working in Male Dominated Environments

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had any advice for women who are working in male dominated environments.   Jane says: “I would say work your hardest and make sure you’re doing your homework coming into meetings.  I’ve not run into it too often where there’s a male bias where they think that you’re not qualified or anything like that.  I would say work your hardest and if you decide to have children, or even if you’re not having children, keep your professional and personal lives separate.  A lot of times when people bring all their personal stuff into work it causes doubts in managers and they start second-guessing and wondering whether or not they’re going to be reliable.  Something I’ve always done ...

Interview with Jane – Role Models, Mentors and Sponsors. Men and Women in the Workplace

By - Last updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had a role model who inspired her to be ambitious and aspire to succeed in her career and her life.   Jane says: “Well as far as setting goals and benchmarks and that sort of thing, I would say that it’s more innate for me. I didn’t really know anybody who did it that way.  I’m sure there are people, I just didn’t know them. My role model as far as my work ethic and tenacity would have been my mother.  My mother, despite not having an education…actually probably because she didn’t have an education…she just had to work so hard for the family and so I saw her as such a role model, somebody who had ...

Top 10 Tips to Success

By - Last updated: Monday, September 29, 2014

My husband Dan Nixon was inspired by Colleen Campbell's "Top 10 Tips to Success" to come up with his own list. In his words:   1. Understand the character, competence and work ethics of all your partners or potential partners. If they are not up to your expectations, move on.   2. Loyalty. Never, ever be disloyal, even when things are going bad do not be disloyal to others.   3. Chemistry, team approach. Ensure you work in a all-for-one environment. The team is important, the individual is not.   4. Have a good sense of humour. Try to make each day at work a delight for yourself and your co-workers.   5. Have and use common sense and good judgement.   6. Identify the leadership style of your superiors - do ...