It's Not A Girl Thing

My other half in both business and pleasure, Ken Sheridan, gets The Week and often tags a page or six for me to read. 

A recent article in their commentators section talked about Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, the highly paid (I read somewhere that is was reported to be along the 3 cool mill line) and somewhat controversial COO of Facebook.

Sheryl's book is critised as using her lofty pulpit to preach to women about how they should reach their potential. I haven't read the book for our reviews section yet, but I believe it claims to be Sheryl's expression of how women can make a full commitment to their career. 

There have been many critics bouncing up and down about how Sheryl built a luxurious penthouse creche for her little 'un in the Facebook office so she could be a working mum.

I risk my neck here but if I had that kinda money and that kinda job and wanted to stick to working for one of the coolest jobs on earth, would I do the same.

Sure as hell, I would!

I'd build one for my kid and let all the other Mommies in Facebook share my cool creche. Of course, if it became too full, I'd have to add another floor to allow any working mum to bring her kids to work.

Different story, though, if Sheryl dear was only using their fab ultra kid facility for just herself and not the other Facebook Mommies. That is defo not fair!

The Week's Andrew Hill reports that Sheryl is dead against spending a lot of time at work ... well, if the kid was upstairs, she'd have to get it home for bath and feeding ... at some point!

Andrew mentions that Erin Callan, a former CFO at Lehman Brothers, writes that she regrets her own extreme career when she spent weekends sleeping to recharge her spent batteries. Not sure why Erin needed do keep up with the boys or maybe she overworked to compensate for something.

Anyone know?

Andrew goes on to say that many of Erin's male colleagues were at the end of their tether. Could it be that she was a tyrant? Or maybe the boys couldn't keep up with her!

Juggling working and being a mum is a lifelong juggle for Mums in Business.

The point Andrew is making is that both Sheryl and Erin raise important questions about their personal choices in finding happiness in their personal and wor

This is a lifelong juggle for Mums in Business. Mums out there reading this - please do share your thoughts and comments.king lives.

As a Mum, who worked from home freelancing so I could do the school run and spend quality time on the way to and fro chatting about my son's day, I know the juggle struggle. 

For me, it was more important to be there for those cute school plays and a quick kiss on the cheek before darting into the playground - that is - until girls came onto the scene. Then the quick kiss on the cheek was just 'Gotta go, Mum!' 

In saying that ... I wasn't on any cool mills or even any kinda salary that allowed me to tailor make my school run or after school activity time. 

Would I do the same as Sheryl if I could do it all over again with her mills? Now, let me think.

Mmmm...

 

 

PS: the little boy in the picture is not mine ... my son has the cutest freckles and spiky hair and he is a lot older now!