An interview with Ms Patsy Doerr by Ms Cheryl Liew-Chng, founder of mylifeworkz.com. Being one of the first women to enter a 250-year old all men’s college was just the start of Patsy Doerr’s mark on a male-centric workplace. During a recent interview, Patsy shared some of her best tips for creating effectiveness between family life, the workplace, and gender roles.
#1. To ignite the passion in your work, Patsy suggests playing to your strengths. First, know what your strengths are – and your areas that need development. Learn to leverage those strengths and build upon them and take the risks associated with them. Focus on developing your strengths, as opposed to those areas that need further development. “I know what I’m good at, and I know what I’m not so good at, as well, and my ability to influence and generate new ideas is what has given me the confidence to jump in to new roles and experiences,” shared Patsy.
#2. When discussing the management and effectiveness of work life and not work life commitments, Patsy explained the importance of knowing your boundaries and limits, and knowing what you want and need out of life. Building a scenario to allow yourself flexibility in your home and flexibility in your career is key to making it all work. To make that flexibility happen, according to Patsy, you need to build trust with your employer.
#3. Create definition. Patsy offered this: Think about a scenario that could actually work. There are some roles that work flexibly and there are some that do not. Set yourself up for success and really know what the factors are that are driving you, individually. What are the factors that your manager needs? Know how comfortable your employers are with you as an individual and also with the particular role that you’re in. Find a solution that works for both of you that has clear outcomes.
We then segued to a conversation about women in the workplace and what their role looks like. Patsy explained that the skills required to be successful in the global workplace are evolving and changing. There is research being done now about the new professional, and it’s all about understanding cultural norms, how they apply to work, and the concept of being a global citizen. It is critical in our current society to be a global citizen because it is a global workplace that we’re working in.
As a closing thought, I asked Patsy what one piece of advice she would give to young women just entering the work place to engage all levels of their lives effectively. She shared the following: “Say yes. Say yes before you say no with any opportunity that’s presented to you. Think about the reasons why not after you’ve said yes, and then make it work.”
So go ahead and say “YES”
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