Rachel Argaman

As part of our “Inspiring Working Mums” series, Rachel Argaman shares her advice to help other working Mums.

Rachel Argaman, CEO TFE Hotels.

My best advice for your career is …

Remember that business, like happiness in life, is built on relationships.  People do business with people they like.  Act with integrity and honour and be true to who you are and cultivate strong relationships. 

Surround yourself with the best people so that you work within a strong, passionate, motivated and intelligent team.  And always assume good intent.  If you act with that assumption even the people playing politics will fall into line and work to your higher values. 

Finally, be goal-oriented.  Always know the goals you are seeking to deliver and the action plan that will get you and your team there.

My most satisfying thing about being a Mum is …

I focus a great deal on happiness.  It is the overarching goal of every human being and we all seek it.  My greatest happiness comes from seeing my children healthy and happy.  So their good health and loving relationships are important to me.  Seeing my children grow into wonderful human beings, who are generous and kind-hearted, and fun, is my truest pleasure. (But that is not to say parenting is a not a bumpy journey along the way!!  There are tears and stuff ups and we all make a heap of mistakes along the way.  Communicate with your children and acknowledge when you mess up also!  Just remember it is a journey…)

My best advice for managing the juggle of work and family is …

Don’t compartmentalise your life – everyone has family and work and understands.  Your work, your family and your health are important to you so make sure work knows about your family and your family knows and shares in your work, what you are doing and its priorities.  At work, be open and honest about your family, your plans for managing their activities and delivering your goals at home and at work.  At any point in time prioritise either your family, your work or your health according to which priority makes sense to rank highest at that time.

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