Archives by Tag 'networks'

Sophia. Leaders, Difficult People and Situations and Great Advice

By - Last updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I asked Sophia to think of the qualities she associated with the people she considered to be leaders and to describe their impact. She said her definition of a leader is someone that has a vision and not necessarily a vision for Canada or a vision for some higher purpose but just a clear sense of right and wrong which cannot be manipulated for personal or short term gain. She says a leader is someone who really stands for what they believe in and demonstrates it day in and day out. She gave the example of a former CEO whom she described as very transparent. She said he wanted to make money period and although he was (and is) a ...

Erica. The Final Chapter. Wisdom, Inspiration and Advice

By - Last updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In Erica's opinion, the best advice she was ever given was about having children, specifically, when you have children take the time to bring them up because you have a lot more time than you think you have. In Erica's opinion, we are programmed to think that we only have the years between age 25 and 40 to be successful in our careers but she believes we have much more time than that. And she thinks you can do it all, but you will regret it if you don't take the time with your family when your children are young. She had women come to her to specifically tell her that when she had her first child; they made sure she ...

Erica. The Corporate World

By - Last updated: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ambitions, Planning and Happenstance Erica claims she never had any career ambitions. She had no idea what it would be like to work and never gave it a second thought. It simply was not done. In her generation, she doesn't think parents sat around thinking how their children could build better resumes or whatever else might be required to achieve career success. Erica went to her high school guidance counselor and did some tests which came back saying she should be an actress. In the end, she settled on applying to U of T. She was going to take psychology, however, she didn't like it so she ended up in political science which she did enjoy. When, she finished her degree she ...

Women Supporting Women

By - Last updated: Friday, April 4, 2008

Women seem to resist supporting one another, in so many ways!! I am reminded of this every day, watching the US election campaign. We judge each other harshly and are quick to criticize one another. What is this all about? Where does it get us? What satisfaction does it provide? And where would we be, if this was not the case? Women feel excluded from the informal groups of their male colleagues but don't seem to trust or value one another enough to establish their own informal networks. What would happen, if women made the choice to support one another? What would happen if we stepped up just 50% of the time? And I mean real support,eg retaining female lawyers, financial advisors and ...