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Don’t Watch the Microwave or Why Moms Make Great CEOs

May 1, 2013

I once asked a group of women in a work meeting if they knew where I could get a maid–and received a long lecture from a working mother of four children. She told me that she did not have a maid and that she managed to take care of her children, her husband and still had time to clean the house and do the laundry. She said it just required good time management and that if I gave it some thought I would surely find how to take care of my own house. I often left dirty dishes in the sink when I left for work because I didn’t have time to deal with them, and was afraid it would make me even later. Throughout the week I left other chores undone because I had convinced myself I didn’t have time to do them either, then on Saturday I’d spend all day catching up on that big pile of chores. A few days after my conversation with my co-worker, as I was standing in front of the microwave watching it heat up my food–as I did almost every morning, wishing it would do it faster–it finally struck me: I could be loading the dishwasher, or stretching, or feeding the cats. How could I have not realized that before? What else could I have missed out on? The week followed in that same vein with little discoveries for improved efficiency that added up to several hours of free time on Saturday!


Since then I’ve discovered I can consolidate more tasks at home and improve business process at work by applying the same kind of approach, so it’s turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving.

My co-worker’s advice got me thinking about why moms would make great CEOs–something I will explore on a future blog post. Maybe I will even interview your mom as an expert–or Marissa Mayer who’s currently living the dream at Yahoo. I do have to say that, from watching my sister and my neighbor, I’ve learned that moms are very resourceful, exceptionally good at multi-tasking, can change plans at a moment’s notice without getting flustered, and best of all are extremely creative problem solvers. I’ve been told my articles are wordy and I should make them shorter, so I am going to end this one here with this closing thought: Next time you have a problem, ask a mom what she would do. You may get some surprisingly valuable advice.

Go Moms!


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