When Marissa Mayer was hired as CEO of Yahoo, women everywhere got very, very excited. Marissa was going to be the role model for working mothers everywhere. She was going to show us how we can have it all, a wildly successful career and parenting perfection all rolled up in one.
Then she put the kibosh on working from home and the mothers turned on her. Apparently she is now the devil incarnate out to destroy families and ruin future generations. Or is she?
Get a grip folks! She was hired to whip a major company back into shape. She was not hired by Yahoo to further some feminist ideology that mothers can have it all – I’m pretty sure that’s not on Yahoo’s mission statement.
Whipping a company into shape requires making tough decisions, re-evaluating current work practices, discipline, and risking unpopularity. That’s exactly what Marissa is doing and I have to respect her for that. Now she’s getting flak for being too picky about who she hires!? Do you think a company should just hire any old applicant?
Marissa is not playing the role we wanted or expected – she never agreed to it. She’s just doing her job. How about we put the rotten produce down and get on with our own jobs?