I’ve thought about writing a blog for some time now, in fact since before I had children (my oldest is seven). However, as with so many working parents, I convinced myself that I’d never find the time to be a good Business Executive, a good Mom, a good Wife, and make time for friends, extended family and actually sit down and write. Well, that defeatist attitude coupled with a host of valid excuses ensured that I never managed it.
What’s changed? Really just me. Over the past seven years, I have been a part of a technology driven change to our media landscape in senior roles at three organisations. At the same time, I have figured out that it is possible to have an exciting and compelling career while being a great Mom to my three children. But most importantly, I have had to go through my own challenges and soul searching to get there.
I believe that technology is changing our lives for the better, but that there will certainly be bumps along the way as society, government, and individuals adapt to the new capabilities being enabled. Countless millions have been spent on consultants to help various organisations – both public and private – learn how to adapt. We are now facing a world of youth who have been connected throughout their lives and their parents who are still wondering what parts of technology are a fad and what parts are worth buying into. Our society is grappling with privacy issues, new ways of doing business, a wider access to information than ever before, and significant media fragmentation – allowing many viewpoints to be aired, but simultaneously making it difficult to assess trust in a source. The connectedness enabled by advances in technology is impacting social inequity as well as mobilising people to change for the better, whether righting a simple customer service snafu or driving a regime change in the Middle East.
This blog will talk about my digital days, that is those things I come across on a daily basis in my professional life which strike me as interesting for the impact they will have on the long term. I am sure that I will focus heavily on innovation brought about by entrepreneurs and changes in technology, but will sprinkle in my thoughts about significant developments in regulation that impact the digital landscape, observations about management – good and bad, analysis of major news from key digital players, and the odd tribute to a good work life balance, particularly for women who must make challenging choices throughout their careers, especially in the child-bearing and child-rearing years.
At the end of the day, my parents raised me to give back to society in some way, something I still believe is important now that I make all my own decisions. Hopefully this will be a part of that. If I can help even one person find the confidence to pursue the career they want, then I will be happy. Please make this a dialog. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.