a good mother is someone always with their children…says who?

A most interesting article in TheAge this morning by Jacinta Tynan, (even if it is called “Rebecca Gibney and other mums on juggling work after baby“) discussing the whys and wherefores of working mothers and part-time jobs etc, and the new Australian legislation that came in earlier this year.

Apart from the fact that I don’t get the whole juggling thing! I know, call me crazy, but what’s with the juggle?…the key line in the article for me is the following…

…Part of the problem, Broderick says, is that most Australians have a deeply held cultural belief that a good mother is someone who is always with her children. “When you bring that belief into the workplace, it’s no wonder we are where we are.”… read on

I’m not sure I agree with this… do you?

I for one know that I am a much better mother because of what I do outside our 2-person family unit. And have always espoused this very viewpoint, so am I one of the only one’s?
I really do hope not.

the world’s richest self-made women…

now this is an interesting article in TheAge.com this morning…

…in 1998 Meg Whitman took a leap of faith and accepted a job as chief executive of eBay, then a small tech firm with 30 employees. The payoff was equity in the burgeoning company.

Thanks to that decision, Whitman soon joined the ranks of the 1011 billionaires in the world. Rarer still, she’s one of just 14 female billionaires in the world right now who earned their fortunes, rather than inherited them. The richest of them is China’s Wu Yajun, worth $3.9 billion and ranked 232nd in the world in March when we published our 2010 Billionaires list. By contrast, 665 men are self-made billionaires including the three richest people in the world, Carlos Slim Helú , Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

All of these self-made female billionaires have impressive personal stories, but the dearth of them is itself a story, and begs the question of why so few?
read on

This is a most eye-opening read. Not only because of the low representation of self-made women billionaires (2%) but because they are there at all. I suspect this is a fairly recent phenomenon, and one which will/can only improve over time. The key of course is building such a Mother of a Business, as well as being the Mother you long to be…especially if I have anything to do with it!

A Serial Entreprenuer talks about Achieving Predictable Success

For changethis.com by Les McKeown

As a serial entrepreneur who has personally launched over 40 businesses, and as a consultant and coach to hundreds of business leaders, I’ve come to realize that the ‘growth code’ is out there, in plain view for anyone who knows where to look. There is indeed a code, a pattern, a DNA if you will, to achieving predictable success. The difficulty is that because most business leaders work in a limited number of business environments during their career, they don’t have the opportunity to see the pattern recur often enough to successfully decode it….read on

There’s some fabulous stuff in this article.
Best you go make a cup of tea (or whatever tickles your fancy), sit down and have a long hard read… enjoy!

The Four-Letter Word That Makes You and Your Work Irresistible…

For ChangeThis.com By Mark Sanborn

Some years ago I wrote a book about an extraordinary individual who loves his work. My editor at the time deleted the word love every place I used it. Instead, he suggested using the phrase ‘generosity of spirit.’

‘Why not love?’ I inquired.

‘Because the word love freaks out businesspeople,’ he responded.

I couldn’t agree more (great title too!)
Do you agree? read on

Mass Mingling… new services? = new businesses…

The latest and greatest from trendwatching.com; well worth reading…

Long gone are the days when ‘online’ was synonymous with social isolation and loneliness. In fact, we’re now witnessing the exact opposite: technology is driving people to connect and meet up en masse with others, in the ‘real world’. It makes for an interesting, easily-digested trend, begging to be turned into new services for your customers… continue

If there are new services to be provided, that has to lend itself to new business options as well surely? As you read through this article, think about what your business is doing now, and what it might be doing in the future…

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