Lessons for Career Women We All Learned from Kindergarten

Here are some of the tips that famous businesswoman and blogger Penelope Trunk shared to women aiming for a successful career and life: Do less homework. Get grades as bad as the guys’. Get plastic surgery, because it’s a must-have career tool today and it will give you a wider choice of men, which then allows you to earn more money. Start looking early for a husband (that’s why you should enroll in MBA school, because it gives you more chances to marry well). Guard your marriage to the point of obsession. Allowed fight topics with your husband: sex and in-laws (fights about money are a no-no). Non-negotiable expenses: household help and Botox.

Whether the advice leaves you nodding in agreement or shaking your head in disbelief (or both), one thing is for sure: It ain’t easy for the ambitious career woman. There have been positive changes, but many can attest that the glass ceiling is still there. These are the invisible barriers that block women from getting the top jobs.

It’s complicated (and not in a Facebook status kind of way), but interestingly, you can also look into it in simple terms and find that sometimes, it’s the simple solutions that turn out to be the most insightful. So basic, that they’re not even elementary. Try kindergarten.

So here’s a dare. Sit in a kindergarten class at Brisbane Christian College or a school near you. Study the lessons and see if the rules in kindergarten can work not just in the classroom, but in the boardroom as well:

You need a buddy. Find a friend, an accomplice, a co-conspirator. It’s a means of survival.

Say sorry — and mean it. Everyone makes mistakes. The best leaders are those who admit to them, and make sincere amends.

Clean your own mess. And not all messes are bad — sometimes it can be a creative mess or a happy mess. Just don’t expect others to clean up after you.

Be polite. Paul Ford wrote that being polite frees you from pre-judging other people. “Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.

Honor your bedtime (and nap times, too). There will be pain and injury, so you’ve got to help your body recover.

Dance. Finding balance is tricky because things are never really equal or linear and the rhythm changes all the time. So you might as well keep moving and enjoy the dance.

Thanks to http://brisbanechristiancollege.com.au/ for the life lessons.

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