I was pregnant when I founded Child’s Play – at a time when there were no PR firms specializing in moms and moms-to-be. I’ve always felt that becoming a parent was great preparation for running a company. Both demand similar skills: Dealing with a crying child is not dissimilar to handling an unhappy client, and organization is key both for mothering and management. Recently, I read that only 10% of start-up founders are women. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that women cannot manage raising a child and starting a business. Not true!
FastCompany lists five strengths that moms possess in business as a result of motherhood:
- Working Under Pressure
Managing a company is like having a second child. You need to handle multiple projects at a time while making sure everyone is satisfied.
- Negotiation Skills
Children are master negotiators and will do absolutely anything to have cookies for dinner. The business world is no different.
- Creativity and Ability to Crowdsource
Moms develop the confidence to ask people for help and advice, something that all business owners need.
- Putting your Ego Aside
Moms and successful entrepreneurs know when an argument is worth fighting over.
- Weathering the Ups and Downs
Raising a child or a business is like a roller-coaster. You will have your high and low moments. The most important thing is that you never give up.
What parenting skills have helped you succeed in the workplace?