Since both parenting and management are all about the art of getting things done, one good thing about being a working parent is that you really don’t have to learn two entire sets of management skills, since sometimes, it’s really all the same:
1. Time Management – keep everyone on task
Work: “I’d love to discuss this all day, but, let’s put that idea in the ‘parking lot’, so we can get to the rest of our agenda”
Home: “I’d love to play that game all day, but, let’s put that in the toy box, so we can go eat lunch.”
2. Delegation – getting the work done by someone else
Work: “You’ve shown me that you’re ready to start producing the TPS Report.”
Home: “You’ve shown me that you’re old enough to start doing laundry”.
3. Presentation Skills – bringing people together to plan
Work: First, you have to get their attention.
Home: First, you have to get their attention.
4. Oral Communication – efficient and effective so there are no misunderstandings
Work: “Again, I want to make sure everyone understands that…”
Home: “How many times do I have to tell you…?”
5. Budget Skills
Work: “I’m not giving you money for that.”
Home: “I’m not giving you money for that.”
So, you see, there are efficiencies to be realized in managing both career and kids, if you just know where to look.