Achieving work-life balance can be a struggle for many women in key leadership roles, regardless of the industry. At the recent Worldwide ERC (Employee Relocation Council) National Relocation Conference in Orlando, Florida, three female industry leaders shared some of their secrets for success during a thought-provoking session entitled, “Women in Leadership – Defying Expectations.”
Moderated by Laura J. Henneberry, executive vice president of Morreale Real Estate Services Inc., the two panelists were Eve A. Seib, president and managing partner of OneSource Relocation, and Pandra Richie, president, corporate real estate services at Long & Foster Companies and Chairman of the Board for Worldwide ERC.
Henneberry asked the two women a series of questions about their leadership styles and unique perspectives on maintaining equilibrium at home and at work.
When asked how she is able to maintain balance, Richie said she is focused on being organized, and de-clutters various aspects of her life.
“I also de-clutter relationships,” Richie said, “So, if there are people in my life that I think are bringing me down, and are not positive, then I will just choose to no longer associate with them or be friends with them. That might seem harsh, but if you’re trying to find balance in your life, you don’t have time for people and relationships that are trying to take energy away from you.”
Seib said that when it comes to balance, “I think we all agree that it’s illusive, and you start to know when you’re not in balance, rather than when you are.”
Seib and Richie both said they had encouragement along the way, and said that they were motivated to make things happened.
Seib said her fearlessness around wanting to make things happen definitely came from her mother.
“I always felt like if I really wanted to do something bad enough that I could figure out how to get it done,” Richie said.
Henneberry then asked the two women to talk about a defining moment in their lives.
Seib said that her defining moment came about seven years ago when she was purchasing OneSource.
“It comes back to the definition of success, too,” Seib said. “We talk a lot about what does success looks like. The other thing I thought about was, what does failure look like.”
She said that to her the failure would have been in not taking the risk and letting the opportunity pass her by.
Richie said that she relates her defining moment to Worldwide ERC because it’s a very important part of her life.
“For the first several years, I just sort of went to the meetings and didn’t really contribute, and didn’t really participate except for attending the meetings,” Richie said.
Richie said it wasn’t until 1995 when she uprooted her family and moved from Dallas to join Long & Foster that she realized that “this was no longer a job, but a career.”
“At that point, I thought, what do I aspire to do in this industry? Back in 1995 I thought, I want to be on Worldwide ERC’s board of directors,” she said.
Richie said it was then that she knew that she was really committed to the industry, and made it her goal to serve on the Board.
Henneberry said, “It’s moving up the ranks. It’s making the commitment. It’s always putting yourself out there. Sometimes you get no’s and sometimes you get yes answers, but you have to be willing to do that, and I think that defines all three of us.”
As for how she pays it forward, Richie said, “I think one of the things you always have to be doing is looking for your replacement, so when I first started with Long & Foster, even though I planned to be there for several years, I thought, I need to figure out who’s going to replace me. Who can I help to grow and to groom?”
Seib said that in general she would like to see less judgment by and from others in the industry.
“The removal of judgment of each other I think is big, because we’re all on our own paths, and we’re all trying to do the very best we can, and I know we’re all, all-in,” Seib said.
In summary, Henneberry said that there seems to be some common elements that work for both women in their ability to achieve balance, and that’s their knack for surrounding themselves with people they can trust, the importance of great organizational skills, knowing when to get rid of ancillary things or people in their lives and being able to adapt on the fly.
Michelle Sandlin is a writer and relocation industry expert. She is the 2014 President of Houston Relocation Professionals (HRP), and is a speaker at various conferences and events locally and around the country. Follow Michelle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonRelocation and on Twitter: @MichelleSandlin. Also visit “On the Move – Exploring Houston Relocation with Michelle Sandlin” at blog.chron.com/onthemove. If you have something to share or contribute, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please look for another Michelle Sandlin “On the Move” relocation article in today’s Homes section.
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