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" I have had men tell me they are uncomfortable taking a woman on
their team to lunch. I say to them, "She may not want to go to lunch with
you, either, but you can find other ways to work with her. You can work
together on a special project, or if you're giving a speech, ask her to
come hear you. Or, better yet, let her give the speech. "

people for the next career move. All the research

parenting as my daughter was growing up. She is now

indicates that men are promoted on the basis of

24, so I find that I can provide some insights from my

potential while women are promoted on the basis of a

journey that may be helpful to the next generation of

track record.

female leaders.

Lastly, you should have zero tolerance for offensive

As the years have rolled by, I have learned that there

language or behavior. Too many times I've seen bad

are three things that helped me balance work and

behavior overlooked in someone who is delivering

family. I call them the POD work/life balance principles:

otherwise great results. How your team members do

prioritize, outsource, and delegate.

things is as important as what they do. I've known many
talented women who've left a company because of
the culture.

You dedicated your book to your
daughter. I'm sure you get this question
all the time from the women you talk to
- how do you balance work and family?

* So, number one is prioritize: Having a clear vision
of what you want to accomplish in your career and a
defined set of values makes it easier to set priorities. It
helps you to say no to things. I am always amazed at the
number of people who cannot articulate these things.
Another tip is to ask your child what is important to
them and let them help set the priorities. Even a threeyear-old can do this. I used to ask my daughter what

So many women suffer from guilty-working-mother

was really important in her life and to help me prioritize

syndrome, and I did, too. I was not the first female Vice

where I invested my time. We talk now about the fact

President in my company, but I was the first woman in

that I missed out on some things in her life, but she says

my company to be named Vice President who was also

I was always there when it really counted.

a mother. I lived in a neighborhood where I was the
only mother who worked. It was important for me to

* The second thing is to outsource: You don't have to

demonstrate to people that this could be done. Today,

do everything yourself. I tell people, "If you want to be

there are many women who are making this work, but I

in the C-suite, you're not going to be at every ball game

find that most women who have young children still have

and you're not going to have a home-cooked meal on the

that guilty syndrome.

table every night." Turn loose those things that other

I'm fortunate that my husband did 50 percent of the

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people can do, because your time is what's valuable.



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