You might have heard of Melissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, who had a baby and returned to work a short time afterward. Natural childbirth, I presume. Of course it does help when you make the big, big bucks, run the company and can build a nursery for the baby right next to your office. Now, did you put the pay for the full-time Nannies on your Yahoo expense account, Ms. Mayer? Yes, things are always better when you spend your life in La-La Land.
There was an interesting portion of an interview with Indra K. Nooyi, the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi seems to be living in the Real World. I believe that her conversation with her Mother, the night she was told that she would be the next President of PepsiCo and join the Board is hilarious. The two of them should be on a Sit-Com.
Mrs. Nooyi is more honest about her situation. Her Mother lives with them and she also admits that they have full-time help. Now, she seems to realizes that she is missing-out on being away from her Daughters, especially when she travels. The Nooyi Girls are much older than Ms. Myers Baby. And Mrs. Nooyi admits that she cannot do it without her support staff. The link, from The Atlantic, is as follows: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/why-pepsico-ceo-indra-k-nooyi-cant-have-it-all/373750/#disqus_thread.
Getting back to Ms. Mayer, what happens when her Baby starts walking, talking and reaches the Terrible Twos? Is her Son still going to be content with staying in the Executive Nursery and, then, what happens when he goes to Pre-K? Will she attend PTO Meetings and, as he gets older: class and school events; athletic events; science fairs; etc? The split lifestyle never ends.
To paraphrase the words of Mrs. Nooyi’s Mother, this would be good advice to both Indra and Melissa: They might be the Queen in their respective Boardrooms; but, when they get home, they are just plain “Mom”. So, leave that damned Crown in the car!