In 2007 the founder and then-CEO of The Huffington Post was so....More Phyllis Moen, a sociologist who was widowed when her two children were young, has made a career studying the challenges of working full time while raising a family.That second option might feel too heavy-handed, but I’d argue that when it comes to interacting with clients, this is very much your business …because clients are going to get a very different feel if she insists on being addressed this way.It just seems odd to have a meeting where I introduce the group, “Renly, this is my team: Robb, Bran, and Mrs.Stark.” And I worry she will become a sort of joke and I don’t want that at all.
although I’m having a hard time imagining what that might be.
Stark is going to seem out of sync with our culture and even standoffish.
Especially with clients, where we deliberately cultivate a warm, friendly tone.” If she still says she wants to stick with Mrs. Stark, in a context where everyone else is using first names?
Some clients, particularly younger ones, are going to find that laughable and/or alienating (and/or hear echos of every government bureaucracy they’ve ever dealt with — which is the only time I can recall another professional wanting me to address them this way), and that affects your business.
So it’s an issue about your culture — both internally and the culture you project to clients — and I’d address it that way.