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“It is not possible to have a successful business or career being a mom.” “You need to make choices in your life.” “You should spend more time with your kids.” “You need to ensure enough savings for your children’s education.” Have you received this kind of advice? Has it sometimes been contradictory?
Owning a business or advancing in your career while raising your kids can be a powerful win-win situation. Biz moms, it is time to charge your powers to become Super Biz Mom. Keep on reading.
How Being A Mom Helps Your Career
• Negotiation: Think about your efforts to reduce your children’s screen time, for example. Your kids may be unwilling to listen. They may adopt an inflexible position. And they don’t think about how they’re treating you. They cry, yell and kick — and, to make it more fun, they do it in public.
Being able to manage a challenging situation when the other party is very demanding is a valuable skill in business. By removing emotions, you and your team can make more data-driven decisions. For example, if a client or your supervisor asks you to complete more and more projects in a certain time frame, you can show with historic or benchmarking data how long each project would take without compromising quality. Let data — the pacifier — do the talking to turn anxiety into more rational decisions.
• Time Management: Time management is essential in business. With your kids, you adapt and learn when to work based on their schedules. For example, you may reply to emails very early in the morning while your children are sleeping. You learn flexibility and productivity.
This is helpful when you work with overseas customers or suppliers. For instance, Chinese companies are appreciative that you call them during their business hours, and this can translate into new business or more responsive suppliers.
• Customer Focus: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos notes how fundamental it is to focus on your customers. “If there’s one reason we have done better than of our peers in the internet space … it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business,” Bezos says.
Babies can’t tell you what they need in a straightforward way. Being a mom teaches you how to anticipate someone else’s needs. Anticipating customers’ needs shows that you truly know them and, as such, you deeply understand their needs and expectations. Isn’t that critical to enhancing your customer focus in your business?
• Leadership: How many times have you watched your baby attempting to reach a toy? What do you do when this happens? You encourage your child until they reach their goals. Your kids will have their own experiences, but you provide words of wisdom to help them realize their potential.
Think about how you use this skill to motivate your team to stay persistent and accomplish great things. You support them, encourage them and make them think critically. You share your experience with them.
Wouldn’t you agree that your children — in particular when they are teenagers — help you become a better leader?
How Being A Working Mom Helps Your Kids
• It Allows You To Share Joy: If Mommy is happy, so are her kids. You want your children to realize their full potential. You also want to realize yours. Owning your business or advancing in your career contributes to your fulfillment.
What child would like to have a mom who is sad, regretful or displays other negative feelings? Doing something you’re passionate about unleashes joy that you pass on to your kids.
• It Improves Your Kids’ Work Performance: In 2015, a study conducted by Kathleen McGinn from Harvard University identified that adult kids of working moms are high achievers at work. It revealed that, in comparison to daughters of stay-at-home moms, daughters of working moms often perform better in their eventual careers.
In July 2018, when the full study was released, it not only showed better performance at work, but also that adult children of working mothers are just as happy as adults raised by stay-at-home moms. Statistics support these findings.
By running a business or staying in your career, you are building the path for your kids to become high achievers who are happy in the grown-up world.
• You Cherish Your Time With Them: After spending many hours at work or having stayed away on a business trip, you want to ensure the time you spend with your kids is valuable. You plan ahead to have a great time with them. You even enjoy common daily tasks that otherwise would be considered chores, such as changing diapers, helping your kids with assignments and taking them to friends’ houses.
• You Are An Example To Them: It’s always best to teach or lead by example. Practice what you preach. As you gain a greater appreciation for the time you spend with your kids, they better understand the value of hard work, sacrifice and persistence to accomplish goals. They comprehend the value of your efforts when they see you working early mornings and late nights.
Now, with your powers recharged, it is time to take your career and your kids to higher levels. Super Biz Moms, you are doing great. Your kids and the business world both need you. Keep on flying, with or without a cape — it’s your choice.
April 29, 2019 at 08:08AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs