One of the difficult things about being Romanian is that our version of “Happy Birthday” has this very challenging bit at the end. You need serious range (and lung capacity) to get through it, which is why it’s good that you sing it as the party is about to finish, because someone (usually an uncle) … Continue reading Singing Lessons
Saturday started ordinarily enough. My four-year old and I woke up early, we had some cuddles and tickles and then went about our usual pre-breakfast rituals: I went into my study to catch up on friends’ Facebook updates and the weekend newspapers; she went into the living room to draw princesses (this is done mostly … Continue reading When Hearts Need to Take Cover
The Five Secret Laws of Motherhood (or the five things I wish someone had told me before I had kids, even though I probably would have decided I knew better and ignored them completely) 1. You will try to become a parenting encyclopedia. So put that book down now. I mean it. I really truly … Continue reading The Five Secret Laws of Motherhood
During a fairly awful week in the winter of 2014, I ended up having to check into hospital with my son for a few days. I packed like a true introvert - one set of PJs, two books. The first book was required reading for our Paths to Power elective, taught by Gabe Adams, Assistant Professor of Organisation … Continue reading Power Vs Passion – Who Wins?
Some things definitely become essential at some point, especially if the last time you had a good night's sleep (and your twenties) are starting to dissolve in the depths of your memory. I'm talking, of course, about make-up. I've been so engrossed in my Strategy assignment until now that I just wrote "mark-up" instead of "make-up", … Continue reading Where Mothers Get Their Glow
Maybe it's just me (i.e. some sort of self-confirmation bias or something similar that I should remember from my OB classes) but it seems that there's more and more talk about introverts since Susan Cain published her book "Quiet" in 2012. The book, by the way, is still, according to Amazon.co.uk, the no. 1 best … Continue reading Introverts and Parenting – The Final Frontier
So I went to this conference yesterday.* I am terrified of conferences. I love the bit about sitting there and listening to (hopefully) interesting people speak, but as I have been told countless times by well-meaning others, that's not the point of conferences - networking is. Conference networking - the dreaded combo. Even writing about … Continue reading What’s the RoI of an MBA?