11 Ways Motherhood and Management are the Same
In honor of Mother’s Day which is rapidly approaching, I decided to reach a little outside my normal niche topics to combine two things that I am passionate about: Being an effective manager and being a good mom. These things are not so different than you would think at first glance. I’ve compiled a list of the ways I feel motherhood and management are pretty much the same, but I bet there are even more that I haven’t thought of…feel free to share some below in the comments if you think of more!
Here’s 11 ways that motherhood and management are pretty much the same:
- You are ultimately responsible for the actions and behaviors of your kids (and employees).
- You want to lead by example and teach them the best way to behave (or work).
- You have to keep track of their homework (and work assignments) to make sure they get done on time.
- You provide timely feedback for both their good and bad behaviors.
- Your ultimate hope is to see them succeed to even greater things than you have.
- You are invested in their successes and you hope their failures don’t hurt their drive or spirit.
- You try really hard not to “micromanage” or “helicopter parent” them, and allow them to learn from their own mistakes, and earn their own victories.
- Time Management is a crucial aspect of your job.
- Sometimes you have to be “tough” on them with the situation calls for it, but it is always done with respect.
- You can absolutely tell when they are feeding you a line of S&%!.
- Sometimes you mess up, but that’s OK because you are still growing and learning in your job(s) too.
Motherhood and management can sometimes feel like thankless jobs, giving a lot of yourself to grow and better another person, with very little recognition sometimes – but it also can be the most rewarding job(s) to have when you get to see their successes. Motherhood and Management are both long term investments, and the pride you feel in both your child (and employee) when you see them start to spread their wings are all the thanks you need.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the hardworking moms out there!
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