Sunday, February 8, 2009

Being Inspired by Others

Ian Sanders sent me a great video this morning of his interview with Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi. It's really good!

Mr. Roberts words are inspirational indeed. But something did stick out as a gender distinction when he spoke. At one he speaks about work life balance; he does so rather gallantly about not needing work life balance but work life integration. True. But usually women have to be able to balance children and career. Balance is important, and the necessity of others to realize this is crucial.

This may point to a very real difference between men and women mindsets. Men can say such sweeping inspirational statements as often times they are not required to balance; women seem by nature or nurture to be integrators, but they have to forever balance career and children. This, for many, is a beautiful challenge; for others it is harrowing.

There needs to be real consideration of the necessity of balance.

Having said that, please enjoy the video; it's inspirational and well-done!

Thank you Mr. Roberts! And Bravo Ian!


Ian Sanders said...

Thanks for posting it up Judith; you make some good points about the need to balance family with work. It's something that myself I struggle with.

I do love Kevin's mantra: 'Only do the stuff you enjoy.. just choose the things you are passionate about’ but sometimes it's easier said than done, especially if you are a one-person business unit rather than the leader of a big corporation!

judith ellis said...

Ian - Thanks for the interview. There are so many wonderful things here, many ways of thinking and acting. I loved "freedom within a framework" and the reverse of the 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Inspiration rules 99%! Loved also the 4's: "responsiblity, learning, recognition, and a life of joy" The scenic view is pretty also too. Thanks again, Ian! Great work!

Khaled KEM said...

I apologize for passing in your blogs the last few days but I visit often and read your thoughtful posts.
It's one of my favorite blogs so i am going to follow you so I do not loose track of all the Beings.

Congrats for your Thinking blogger Award.


judith ellis said...

Khaled - You may visit as often or infrequent as you like. I am glad that you even come through and that I can say anything that brings you back.

Thank you for your words of encouragement; they are much appreciated. I love your blog; it is one of my favorites too.

Thanks also for the congrats on the Thinking Blogger Award. Congrats to you too for the same award, Khaled!


dave wheeler said...


An excellent point indeed about the additional challenges single parents have "integrating" this responsibility into their day to day being. The workplace can present some serious challenges to career development and advancement opportunities, particularly the lower you go in the organization. Mr. Roberts acknowledges this in the clip when he says life isn't tough at the top of the organization, it's tough at the bottom. He's right about that for sure.

I did like the values he spoke of. Responsibility, Learning, Recognition, and Joy. A great place to work that would be for sure.

Thanks Ian and Judith. Good stuff indeed!

judith ellis said...

Yes, thank you, Dave, for that acknowledgement. Mr. Roberts most definitely acknowledges those who are at the bottom. This was appreciated. And, you gotta love Ian's stuff! His ideas are fresh and his videos so crisp and clean, not to mention thoughtful and sometimes quite funny too!

Ian Sanders said...

thanks all.
There is another interview coming on Friday, with the UK entpreneur Martha Lane Fox. Martha made her name setting up and had a career plan mapped up until a car accident forced her to rethink. She now juggles business, charities and her passions and has a good story to tell..

judith ellis said...

Ian - We'll check it out. Thanks!