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Monday
Apr052010

Hybrid Moms Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals for SPRING Cleaning

By Ellen Bari

Spring has officially sprung and with that comes spring cleaning, which though inevitable, is still daunting for many of us. Endless closets need cleaning out, winter wardrobes need to be switched over and a general collection of winter clutter needs to be expunged. At times the task is overwhelming as it seems like the minute you begin to see progress in one area, it dynamically leads to another unexpected, but totally pressing, clean-up project in another.

As all of us ‘hybrid’ moms  keep amassing great skills at work and at home, we have to become more adept at adopting best practices from work and bringing them home and vice versa. In Motherhood is the New MBA, Shari Storm reminds moms to value the skills they have finessed at home, and describes how they translate seamlessly into better management in the office. Whether it’s about understanding how to engage coworkers on their terms or remembering to behave in a way that assures someone that they matter, the ‘people’ skills you use with your kids, work very well with adults in the office.

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Friday
Apr022010

Executive Momorandum: Getting Flexible

So many of us struggle to find time for both work AND life, juggling to try to fit our round work selves into square work environments.  At the end of the day, more flexibility with our jobs would go a long way to solve the problem.  This week’s Forum on Workplace Flexibility, convened by the White House offers a glimmer of hope. The following Executive Momorandum from Executive Moms covers some of the highlights.  

One of the biggest events inside the Beltway this week would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.  This week, the White House convened a Forum on Workplace Flexibility.  We didn't attend (because, well, we were WORKing), but through the extensive coverage and streamed content, we thought we can excerpt for you some of the best nuggets we've heard, on the topic that you yourselves told us years ago was most pressing for you as an Executive Mom.  (It turns out women, people under 40, and those classified as "high-performers" all put issues with work flexibility as the #1 reason they would leave a company).

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Tuesday
Mar302010

Changing Careers: Maggie Mistal Inspires Moms to Actionable First Steps 

By Ellen Bari

When was the last time you tapped into your core genius?  According to Maggie Mistal, career consultant extraordinaire, chances are you do it every day. In fact, Maggie maintains that it’s likely that you’re already doing what you do best and that in the face of an ever-changing employment landscape, you are the best source of your own job stability. She should know. Maggie was consulting at Arthur Andersen when Enron fired a torpedo at that company and at Martha Stewart Living when Martha was asked to take a brief hiatus… at a women’s correctional institution. Maggie came out the other end, finding her true career bliss and has spent the rest of her career helping others find theirs. At an inspiring event hosted by Park Slope Parents Career Networking at the spacious, green Brooklyn Creative League space, Maggie offered insight and some great hands-on exercises to a group of Park Slope moms interested in exploring career changes.

Maggie’s tried and true three-step process, Soul search, Research, Job search, seems entirely obvious, but the reality is that most people who find themselves jobless usually go straight for the job search, without engaging in these other fundamental steps.  As part of the soul search phase, Maggie had each member of the group write their own mission

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Tuesday
Mar302010

The Loneliness of Accountability

By Rahti Gorfien

Simply put, my job as a coach is to tell the truth.  People hire me not to bullshit them.

So let’s tell the truth: Have your core dreams really changed?  Or are have you given up on them in the name of marriage, motherhood or anything else?

Paradoxically, being accountable to your personal or professional vision is a lonely thing.

Unless you have the money to pay a dominatrix to stand over you with a whip 8 hours a day and make you do things, (a profession I at one time considered.  But there was this conflict of interest with my marriage) a support system is only as good as your willingness to show up, even when nobody’s watching.  That means ‘filling the form’ by doing what you’ve agreed to do (or not do) between sessions or meetings, and reaching out when you can’t, without forgetting that we’re all human and it might take a minute (or two days) to get a response.  Very often, the simple act of reaching out via text or email or telephone is enough to shift you out of whatever rut you’ve stumbled into, because one, you’ve cut through the isolation with your voice and thoughts.  And two, because you know people are out there, rooting for you.

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Friday
Mar262010

Momasphere Guest Blogs for the Huffington Post: Catching Your Children's Precious Moments

Momasphere’s very own co-founder Ellen Bari was featured in the Huffington Post, as a guest blogger for one of our favorite online destinations, Meredith Lopez’s regular column Mothering for your Amusement and Entertainment. If you are not already familiar with Meredith’s blog, you will definitely want to check it out! Enjoy the following and feel free to leave comments here or on the Huffington Post.

"My ex-husband recently gave me an old answering machine with 19 saved mystery voicemail messages. I turned the machine on, and was not only surprised, but also thrilled, to hear snippets of my own daughter's voice-almost ten years' worth. It was like listening to her grow up in the space of five minutes. The moments and days fly by and while we think we won't forget, inevitably we do. I started thinking about preserving family artifacts and stories and about how mothers are often uniquely positioned to record three levels of family history: our parents', our own, and our children's.

At the moment, personal memoirs, family histories and genealogy are all the rage. Perhaps this new obsession reflects our increased longevity or the precarious nature of our 21st century lives. Or maybe it's because the tools for recording family histories have become so ubiquitous. Just this month two programs on national TV hit the airwaves. NBC's, Who Do You Think You Are? and the PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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