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Inspiration for your week from a pioneer of flexible work

My favorite thing to do on a Monday morning before I get onto my to-do list is to review the TED Talks of the week… and I just had to share this one, by Dame Stephanie Shirley – an octogenarian software developer, child refugee, startup success and philanthropist. What a fantastic story!

Dame Stephanie – or “Steve” as she referred to herself to get past the gender issues of her time – had hit many glass ceilings and decided to create a women-only software company in 1960s England. The business was eventually valued at $3billion and created millionaires of 70 employees.

All of this through the practice of employing women to work part time hours, from their homes, on the simple basis of trust.

“Who would have guessed that the programming of the black box flight recorder of supersonic Concorde would’ve been done by a bunch of women working in their own homes?”

If you do nothing else today, watch this TED Talk. You’ll love it.

PS. You can sign up to receive TED Talk of the Week here

green_teamPPS. TED is actually my second favorite thing to on a Monday morning – my first favorite is harvesting the school garden with Master 6. We take the produce to the school canteen where it’s used for their home-style recipes… Our Green Team-work creates food for the kids and nourishes my soul.

What’s your favorite way to start your week??

  • Helen Wiseman

    Extra-ordinary – what’s smart and inspiring lady!

    • jendalitz

      She’s an absolute treasure, that’s for sure. And what a life well lived!!

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"The only moment we ever really have is this one - celebrate it. Happiness isn't in the future or the past but in the awareness of the present." - Anna McPhee

Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

I will miss her.

Sending condolences to Reggie, Anna's beautiful mum Trish and adoring sisters, and all of her extended family.

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