I am rushing through the venue to reach my speakers stage on time. Today I am speaking about startup cooperations at Forum Young Tech Enterprises. It's the fourth day of Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. The conference program counts about 2.000 Speakers. That's around 1 speaker every 100 visitors. Given the average length of the slots, this translates into at least 15 speeches to chose from every minute. That's a lot of speeches! And of all things I am the person that slowly melts down on a chair in front of a speaker with a well researched and professionally delivered passionate speech. I mean, who doesn't?!
From time to time I face conversations with other parents, colleagues or friends, I am sure you have, too. They usually start like "No, but my boys, they just love playing Lego more." and end in my facial expression that is far more edgy to be still named friendly. This easy-going, well-accepted, widely-adopted small-talk about reputed gender differences is as negligible, as it is fundamental for sticking to a society of labels and inequality.
As a mother of girls, who love playing Lego, football and cars, and a woman in tech, I have a hard time supporting them. Here are three reasons why.
There's tons of career advice out there. Students, entrepreneurs, leaders - we all strive for success and acceptance. But when you get to work with a lot of people in a huge variety of industries, functions and business relationship, you quickly realize that the few who stand out have one thing in common – professionalism.
I am not trying to be smart, it's the basics, you're right. Unfortunately, professionalism doesn't follow authomatically with "following a profession", and "being professional" seems to not come naturally to most of us. The reason is that professionalism is nothing that you have, but everything that you do.
Here's the 4 P's that "professional" means to me.
The parents among you know that having kids implies going back to the school calendar for a while. So here I am a 35 years old working mom on Easter holidays. I am trying to take it easy this time and not to make too many plans. With one exception. Like for my children, my personal archetype of freedom is staying up late watching TV. Right on the very first day, after I put the kids to bed, I make a bowl of popcorn and situate myself comfy in front of the display. You got it, time for netflixing!