08/10/2005: As Long as Mommie's on the JOB...
Well, in spite of Dr. Abby's *ban* on “War of the Worlds”; the kids wanted to see it as a Summer Thriller. I didn’t much care for it - special effects being about the only highlight of the entire movie. But what I really (really) didn’t like was that the Whole Plot (such minimalist story line as it was) revolved around “Getting Home to Mommie.”
The notion that the ultimate salvation for this couple of kids is a heroic effort by their shiftless biological-Daddy to get them home to their Mommie - because Of Course we all know MOM’s FIX EVERYTHING!!
And sure enough, the finale to this saga is nothing so much as the destruction of the Aliens by the germ infested Earthly atmosphere and that mankind is not entirely wiped off the planet – but the touching (heartwarming really, Bleh!!) scene of the reunion with Mommie. Everyone is Safe! We can all go home now, Mommie is on the JOB!! Double Bleh!!
Now this article, by Shia Kapos (Chicago Tribune), Moms' skills in demand They're the best time managers around, employers find, Tell us WHY.
”…It's the working mother's juggling act. And a growing number of companies say it's just the skill they're looking for in new hires. Area companies, including Abbott Laboratories, Northern Trust, Allstate Insurance and Kraft Foods, are creating environments to help attract moms, employment experts say. Not surprisingly, they are among the companies regularly honored annually by Working Mother magazine for their family-friendly policies.
Along with being hard-working and disciplined, "moms usually don't stay out late drinking or spend time listening to their iPods or take cigarette breaks," says Tom Gimbel, CEO of The LaSalle Network, a Chicago staffing firm that readily offers its clients mothers as highly qualified candidates because of their reliability.
"The old-school thinking was `hire a mom and they'll miss days when their kids are sick,' " he says. "But that's not the case. Moms are stable and mature and healthier because they have to take care of themselves and their families."…
Or this “Quote of the Day” from the same article:
"They also have unbelievable patience," Grzelakowski says. "Just putting a toddler to bed is a nightly training program."
And finally this set of characteristics for Good Leadership:
What kind of leader are you?
The following checklists describe two leadership styles. Leaders who are moms tend to have more mature traits. Look at both lists and determine which traits apply to you.
· Makes fast, impulsive decisions
· Takes a position and digs in
· Thinks short-term
· Becomes impatient when things don't go according to plan
· Resolves conflict unilaterally
· Looks for easy solutions
· Works poorly with people outside her inner circle
· Unwilling to compromise
· Reflects before deciding
· Willing to rethink positions
· Thinks long-term AND short-term
· Adapts when events go off course
· Resolves conflict with wisdom after listening to all sides
· Tests alternative solutions
· Creates good relationships with a diverse group of people
· Knows when to compromise and when not to
-- Source: "Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing the Way Organizations Define Leadership" by Moe Grzelakowski
So it’s really all about “Mommies” and how we are the better leaders and managers.
And on that Leadership Issue: Maybe we should DUMP our Fearless (but Immature) Leader in favor of his More Mature and reliable WIFE. Besides, polls consistently show Laura rates better than Dumbya on many issues and qualities like “like-ability” and more importantly “honesty.”
Karen on 08.10.05 @ 09:00 AM CST