This Working Mom’s Secret Weapon- My Au-Pair

I’ve talked before about building your team, and how critical that is for working mom success.  It is also critical for surviving an MBA, as well.  This working mom’s secret weapon is her au-pair. What is an au-pair?  An Au-Pair is a foreign born national who comes as part of an intercultural exchange program to help care for your children.  In the USA, the requirements are quite different from other countries.  I frequently describe an au-pair as being a cross between a foreign exchange student and a nanny.  I frequently call my au-pair my better half. Currently we are hosting

1 Leadership Tip-Build up Others

There are plenty of tips out there for leadership.  In this article, we will talk about 1 Leadership tip- build up others. What do I mean by that?  In life we’re all faced with a lot of situations in our daily lives.  It is the mark of a true leader who can rise above their jealousy, being tired, or just down, to be positive to others, and build up those around him.  The specific case I’m thinking of involves a girl in my daughter’s life who made the comment “That’s nice, I don’t Care”, when my daughter was celebrating a

5 Tips to Pay it Forward in the Workplace

Some of my favorite things in life are Random Acts of Kindness, and Paying it Forward.  In this post, I’ll talk about ways to Pay it Forward in the workplace.  Why would you want to do such a thing?  It boils down to a simple concept that transcends cultures.  Karma.  I firmly believe that paying it forward in the workplace is one of the keys to being successful. 5 Tips to Pay it Forward in the Workplace  Write a thank you note when someone does something nice for you, and send it to their manager. Do something nice for the most

3 Simple Tips For After the Interview

Since I do lots of hiring, I’m always amazed at the different things that candidates do, before, during and after the interview.  In this post, I’ll talk about some recommendations for sealing the deal for a job offer, and give you some simple tips for after the interview.  It’s what you can do to improve your chances of getting an offer. 3 Simple Tips for After the Interview Write a Thank You Note.  My first choice of Thank You Note is a printed copy, that is mailed to me at work.  Second Choice is an emailed Thank You Note.  Both

Girl Scout Cookie Time

It is Girl Scout Cookie Season once again in North Carolina.  It’s the time of year when my daughters go bonkers selling cookies, along with thousands of other girls across the state.  What is important about the program isn’t just the cookies- although those are tasty too- is so many of the lessons that the girls learn while they are out there selling cookies. Did you know that the girls learn about Sales, Marketing, Budgeting, Leadership, Planning, and Taking “no” for an answer?  They learn math skills.  If a customer buys one box of cookies and hands them a $5

What NOT to put on your Resume- 3 Simple Tips

There are plenty of guides out there of what to put on your resume.  In fact, I’ve written an article or two myself.  But what about what NOT to put on your resume?  Yes.  There are certain things that you can put on your resume, that will ensure that I don’t look any further.  I find myself screening thousands of resumes each year in search of college interns in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Management Information Systems.  I also look at other technology related majors.  Occasionally, the contents of the resumes are eyebrow-raising.  More rarely,

Giving Back

Giving back is an important part of being a well-rounded individual and leader.  It is actually a part of my DNA, and one of the activities that I participate in the most in my life, besides sleeping.  I realize that I’ve been incredibly blessed in life, and giving back to the world around me is part of who I am, and very important to me.  It is a part of my identity.  What ways do I give back? Giving Back at Work There are a lot of different ways that I give back at work, and make the world a

Working Mom Life

Working mom life can be tough.  Sick kids, work, taking care of everyone.  This week, my younger daughter, -Agent Weaselburger- was up throwing up Sunday night and Monday morning.  That was followed by her youngest Brother- El Chupacabra– waking up with a raging headache on Wednesday.  Christmas holidays are coming up, along with some of the requisite travel.  Add to that some doctors appointments, teacher gifts that need to be delivered, and an entire list of chores that need to be done, it’s tough. Some days, I find myself wondering whether it’s worth it to be a working mom.  Is

Duke MBA – Done

Today marks the last day of my Journey in the Duke MBA program. I am a member of the 2012 Weekend Executive MBA program, otherwise known as WEMBA.   I have turned in all of my papers, and am finished with my coursework.  Wow!  What a ride it has been.  From the beginning of the application process to  finishing classwork, it has been just over two years.  Two very transformative years. What I got from the Duke MBA: First: I have made a number of life-long friends while in the Duke MBA WEMBA program. We forged our friendships during the


My condolences to the families affected by the shooting in Connecticut this morning.  As a mom of four school-age children, I can only fathom the pain involved in losing one’s child at school.  Words cannot convey my sorrow, and despair about this tragedy. My sincere, and heart-felt Condolences to everyone.