Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many

Flexible is Fabulous…

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[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]My daughter’s college graduation was last week, wow she grew up way too fast!  As my kids hit milestones I find myself taking a look back and wondering, did I get to spend enough time with her as she was growing up?

Flexible like GumbyIn some senses I think the answer is no.  All parents would like to spend every minute of their lives with their kids, but alas the world is there to draw them away.  I have had it better than most.  Being my own boss has given me a great amount of flexibility and allowed me to be in control of my schedule; this has been a fabulous part of being a business owner.  Rather than working a rigid set of hours I have been able to arrange my work day around my kids’ schedules.

Some of my peers enjoy business ownership because of the financial rewards, or the ability to grow a large organization and sell it to the next lucky gal.  For me, however, the flexibility is what has mattered the most.

A friend who attended the Career Agents Network spring recruiting workshop brought me a wonderful gift, the book One: How many people does it take to make a difference? The book is filled with one or two page explorations on what we should focus on in our daily lives.  The book helps me realize the number 1 thing I have accomplished over my career is being my kids’ mom.  (Thanks Lynden!)

I am blessed to have been the mom that was the “classroom mom”: the Girl Scout leader, went on the field trips, attended all the concerts, games, plays and doctor appointments.  Grow up my little one did, but I was there along the way.

It is no surprise to me that human resource professionals are now saying the top benefit companies can offer their employees is a flexible work week.  The ability to attend a school event in the middle of the day is priceless.  I am sure MasterCard agrees.  Business owners will always have the most flexibility, but it is nice to know that companies are finally getting into the Life/Work balance game.

Congratulations Brittany, your mom is very proud of you; it has been great to watch you grow up.

Author: Charlotte Byndas

Charlotte A. Byndas started her career in the search industry in 1993 just as the industry was embracing the technology revolution that would change the very DNA of executive recruiting. In 1994 she lead efforts to automate one of the most successful franchise offices of Management Recruiters International, building their first contact management system and website. Over the next few years she successfully launched and managed several new recruiting companies servicing the IT, manufacturing, healthcare, IT, accounting, insurance, engineering, sales, and non-profit industries. In 2002 she turned her efforts toward helping individuals launch and build independently owned recruiting companies helping to close over $30 million system wide, earning her countless testimonials labeling her “recruiting ninja” and “recruiting “guru”. Launching Search Entrepreneurs Inc, and TheITRecruiters she helped develop the first anti-franchise model in the recruiting industry as well as an innovative "candidate first" approach to IT recruiting.

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