Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter

Talking to reporters is nothing new to's a regular part of my job. But an interview a couple of weeks ago wasn't work-related. At least not directly. Rather, it was about the resurrected "Mommy Wars" conversation that was sparked by recent negative comments directed at Ann Romney's career choice. (See my blog post here about that controversy.)

Interestingly enough, the Standard Examiner newspaper reporter didn't find me via my blog about life as a working mom. Nor did she get my contact info from my day job (I'm listed as the media contact for my company). It was a good friend who is well-known in the community as a home economics super professional, not to mention working mom extraordinaire, who gave the reporter my name and number. I was more than happy to spend 45 minutes on the phone speaking about a topic I'm passionate about.

For the record, I don't consider myself a soldier in the Mommy Wars (as the article headline suggests), because I don't see myself in battle with anyone. I take the "I'm a lover, not a figher" stance when it comes to issues surrounding working moms and stay-at-home moms. I think the reporter did a good job of expressing my views on the subject.

Here's a link to the article with my interview, along with the interviews of three other women.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Quote of Day

"In proportion to the development of his individuality,
each person becomes more valuable to himself, and is, therefore,
capable of being more valuable to others."
-John Stuart Mill

Monday, June 4, 2012

Advice from a Shoe Shopping CEO

Most days are crazy busy. That's normal around here. And then things get insanely busy. That's been my life the last three months.

We took a little breather with a four-day weekend to St George. Some birthday-eve golf, hikes thru Zion National Park and Snow Canyon, and quality time at the pool were just what the doctor ordered.

I also had time to do some reading...a rare luxury of late.

My current reader is Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh...the CEO of, Inc.

Online shopping.


Two things I love.

So when my boss recommended I read it, I was on board. Of course, my boss could care less about shoe shopping. He liked the book because it discusses the elements of a highly productive corporate culture.

One of Inc's ten core values is "Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication".

I'll share with you a couple of paragraphs from page 176 discussing this value I found particularly profound.

"A key ingredient in strong relationships is to develop emotional connections. It's important to always act with integrity in your relationships, to be compassionate, friendly, loyal, and make sure that you do the right thing and treat your relationships well. The hardest thing to do is to build trust, but if the trust exists, you can accomplish so much more.

In any relationship, it's important to be a good listener as well as a good communicator. Open, honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship, but remember that at the end of the day it's not what you say or what you do, but how you make people feel that matters most. In order for someone to feel good about a relationship, they must know that the other person truly cares about them, both personally and professionally."

Great advice from a guy who sells more than a billion dollars in shoes on the internet. Awesome!