Ode to excellence

A few weeks ago, I attended a presentation from one guy in the office.

He showed up in a crumpled outfit, with a piece of paper folded in 4 that he proceeded to unfold and that contained his notes. He spoke in a hush tone, none the TED talker. He repeated himself a lot. He had no justification for some of his assumptions. In one occasion, he could not even remember why he had recommended a particular course of action so he simply said so and skipped to the next.Read More »

To doing it my way

Yes, I am a nice girl. I tend to help people. I assume good intent. I like to connect, share a laugh or a coffee. I am liberal and accepting. I smile a lot.

The problem is, people take advantage. Not everyone of course. The political ones. The competitive ones. They equate kindness with lack of character. Simple terms with lack of expertise. Friendly conversation with laziness. Read More »

Long overdue update

It’s been almost 6 weeks since I last wrote. That is the longest I have ever gone since I started this blog now 1 year ago. I will try and catch you up on my life so this post might be a bit all over the place. Bear with me, normal service will indeed resume !Read More »

1 year post maternity leave : what I wish I had known before I came back to work

1 year ago today,  I was getting ready to come back to work after having my second daughter Peanut. 3 months before, I had finished work 3 days before my due date, I had put everything in order for projects to continue smoothly without me and I felt very confident. After all, I had done it before and it had gone smoothly. Boy, I was in for a rough ride ! Read More »

How to re-motivate yourself at work when you’re just not feeling it today

Everyone has lapses of motivation in their career. It can last a day or several months, but in any case, it is always annoying and can make you feel guilty. Since becoming a mum, I find my motivation fluctuates more than before. It might be a produce of more tiredness or of the fact that there is now a very strong interest outside of work (the kids) that can easily overshadow the average work tasks. Sometimes, it can be linked to a more profound need for “more meaning” in one’s work, maybe triggered by the emotional transformation that parenthood can bring, rendering routine assignments more menial.Read More »

Why I no longer wear make-up at work

I have always worn make-up to work. Not an outrageous amount, just a bit of foundation and powder, a bit of eye-liner and mascara.

For years, I have cherished the morning routine of applying my make-up. Sometimes, it was just a nice bit of pampering. Sometimes, it was a way of preparing myself for the  day ahead. And sometimes, before an important meeting or presentation, it was a way to put on my war paints, to get ready to face the challenges ahead, at my best. I never in a million years imagined that I would one day stop wearing make-up to go to work.

And yet, a few weeks ago I started reducing my make-up routine and then stopped completely. Read More »

Travelling for work : bittersweet experience for the career mum

In November, I am going to be travelling a lot for work. Pretty much every week for a few days and to different (fortunately in Europe) locations.

Before I started my career, I thought business travels, especially by plane, would be so cool. I could expense dinners and taxis, sleep in a semi-quality hotel… And above all, I could tell my friends and family that I was going on a business trips ! How glamorous it would sound and how jealous they would be… Read More »