FranklinCovey Blog | Family
I was introduced to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 25 years ago as a freshman in college. The book wasn’t even written yet. I found the lecture series on tape in my campus bookstore, and bought them hoping for some solid advice as I embarked upon my college career.
I liked everything I heard, but some habits and ideas resonated with me more than others. Habit 2, Begin With the End in Mind was a habit that made theoretical sense to me, but it’s application (writing a personal mission statement) just seemed a little too ‘touchy-feely’ to me. It wasn’t that I was against the idea. I mean, ‘if you’re the kind of person that is in to that self-exploratory stuff, that’s great, but that kind of thing just isn’t my style.’ I will be honest, I kind of glossed over Habit 2.
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I’ve worked since I was 15 years old. Some years I worked because I wanted the challenge, the recognition, the opportunity to contribute-and some years I worked because I wanted to eat! I’ve waited tables, stocked grocery shelves, sold Prom dresses, taught speech communication at a Big 10 university, re-designed processes for a manufacturer, created a gazillion communication and change management plans . . .for IT systems, mergers, reorganizations. I’m married, with two daughters. I read, I lead a Girl Scout Troop, I workout (not enough to make up for the Girl Scout cookies), and I’m a Vice President at FranklinCovey.
That’s what this blog category is about: Being an Executive Mama. Choosing to be an executive mama.
Women have more choices as to how to mix career and family than any previous generation. And yet, some don’t aspire to leadership roles, particularly executive roles, because of the perception that the only acceptable executive style is paternalistic command and control. Others want executive status and a rich family life, possibly including children, but don’t see a path to doing both AND living to tell about it. This blog will encourage realistic optimists to make conscious choices about their leadership style, strive for executive influence in influential organizations including business and government, and to provide a map as to the decisions to be made in order to earn the right to be called both “executive” and “mama” in the same lifetime.
Next week: No whining.
Author: Jennifer Colosimo, Vice President of Sales and Delivery Effectiveness at FranklinCovey