Tech giant Yahoo made news recently by hiring Marissa Mayer to be CEO knowing she is 6 months pregnant with her first child. This leads many to the big question: Can Marissa Mayer be a new mother and Yahoo's turnaround CEO at the same time?
This also leads to the bigger question: Define what you mean by mother. The spectrum ranges from caring nurturer to care outsourcer. There's no one right way to be a parent.
And how much of her decision comes from being an expectant first-time mother? Motherhood is like war: until you've been there yourself, you don't have a clue. It doesn't matter how many nieces, nephews, friends with kids or dogs you have.
Marissa thinks she knows what kind of mom she wants to be. Until you hold your baby, you simply don't know.
I've counseled hard-charging professional women who dropped everything when their baby was born. Then I've had non-working women run for the hills when their newborn arrived. The reaction is impossible to predict.
One thing is for sure: this super-smart executive is in for some big surprises. And everyone will be watching!