Archives by Tag 'mothers and fathers'

Annie. Early Life Experiences, Career Milestones and Road Blocks and Relationships

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, August 21, 2009

Early Life Experiences I asked Annie to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believes had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She said the experience which had the greatest impact on her was the fact that her father was quite domineering and very abusive, more particularly to her sister, brother and mother, less so to her but abusive nonetheless, and as a consequence her mother left him when Annie was quite young. She said they moved back and forth to England and eventually came back to Canada and settled in Western Canada but as a result of her circumstances her mother was very poor. Annie says her mother lived on welfare and she ...

Sophia. Relationships, Mentors, Role Models and Heroes

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I asked Sophia to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believes had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She replied it was her parents who had the most significant impact on her work life and career. She explained that she believes that she is successful because she works very hard and she thinks she got her work ethic from her parents. I asked her to tell me about the milestones and roadblocks in her career which stand out when she looks back and what she learned from them. Sophia said when she graduated with her MBA in 1982, it was the time of the last major recession and prior to that time when you ...

Lauren. The Early Years. Secrets, Lies, Love and Support

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Thursday, April 16, 2009

This is Lauren's story. The first thing I asked Lauren to tell me about were the experiences in her early life, good or bad, which she believed had the greatest impact on her work life and career. And the first experience which came to her mind, she described as the one which "springs to mind always; it's a really important one to me." Her older sister and her friend at the cottage told Lauren that they had set up a special club and that she could join it if she ran into the water wearing all her clothes and her new shoes but only if she did that. And of course, Lauren says "she was my older sister and they used ...

Erica. The Early Years

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, March 20, 2009

Erica was born in 1957, in Ottawa (which makes her 52 today). Her mother is Danish and immigrated to Canada from England. Her father is a Canadian whose family has been in Canada for generations. Early InfluencesShe was the first grandchild on her mother's side of the family. And she was a big deal! She was absolutely listened to and doted on completely by her English grandparents from the day she was born. They thought everything she said was incredibly cute and interesting. In her words: "They found me very amusing!!!" She believes their adoration had a big influence on her.   She thinks the fact that her parents had three kids in rapid succession was another big influence on her. She was ...