Family and friends come first

Maria Smith, Assistant Global Controller and vice president for M&A at Oracle and several other successful women speak about what works for women at work in an article for the Irish Times.

“Honesty, family support, self-belief, learning to switch off – these are just a few of the non-negotiables for getting on in life. So say a group of Ireland’s most successful women, whose achievements are being recognised at a WXN network award ceremony next week.”

Maria is among the women who were interviewed by the Irish Times about their priorities in life and how they manage to balance work and private activities.

Never give up a special family or friend’s occasion for a meeting that happens once a month. In life what you will regret is not attending events such as a milestone family birthday, a special anniversary or a son’s rugby match. If you have a good team, the works gets done. The more you balance life the more one aspect of it helps another. At work, my boss and I go through the family events of our core team and work our travel commitments around these.

At each career and life stage you’ve got to adapt and learn how to work differently. I was not a natural delegator. When I was 30, I teamed up with a colleague and we mentored each other. She over delegated. At that point I needed to check every detail. By standing in each other’s shoes we could see how the other approached a problem. We both learned on the job and it helped me climb the ladder. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Ariana Huffington advocates seven hours a night in her book Thrive, describing it as the only way to get to the top.”

The women featured in the article are among the Top 25 award winners recognised by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). This year’s awards take place next Thursday, June 19th in the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge. Find out more information here http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/what-works-for-women-at-work-1.1830162?page=1

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