A recent post by the Global Director of Brand Marketing at GE, Sydney Williams has gone viral for all the right reasons. Williams put together a resume using only the skills she has learned as a new mother.
Here’s what she wrote:
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I’m Mom to two boys under three years old. Most days, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But I adapt. I maintain the highest level of energy and creativity I can muster so that people around me feel safe, valued, and inspired. I’m human, I lose my shit and have bad days. But I start each morning with a new sense of optimism: today will be a good day, today we’ll do more, today we’ll have a breakthrough.
I do everything you do, but I do it with one hand. Literally. I hold onto what’s important (hint: my baby) with all the strength I have in one hand, while juggling the 1M daily tasks of life in the other. I ruthlessly prioritise. Every day, I grow stronger and more efficient as a result.
I think 10 steps ahead. Each day is a 50+ piece Jenga puzzle that I manage with skill, strategy and luck.
I maintain positivity, while my patience is pushed to the limit. My team has meltdowns, emotions run high, new challenges arise daily. I lead with compassion, listen to debate and encourage resolution through compromise.
I adapt. I take whatever life (or my two-year-old) throws at me and adapt to be the leader that’s needed – typically on little sleep, with little time. Past roles include but are not limited to: teacher, chef, nurse, barber, garbage woman, butler, driver, hostage negotiator, seamstress, engineer, translator, swim instructor, therapist, stylist.
I lead with empathy. My team comes first and foremost. I work for them.
I fight ferociously on behalf of them.
I communicate powerfully and prolifically. I focus on clear, results-orientated communications to drive change.
I prioritise integrity and honesty. Anything less is unacceptable.
I am on a constant search for a better way. You can find me iterating on everything from process improvements to communication tools. Creativity is fundamental to my job.
I value collaboration. Teamwork is key to my success. I forge and foster relationships between diverse groups of people in order to support, elevate and maintain life among my team (looking at you #MomsGroupChat).
I do it all with very little thank you and wake up each morning to do it again because of my capacity to find the joy and love in my work.