Work-Life Mojo: Soccer-Field Insights on Coaching

After watching the Women’s World Cup for the last couple weeks (and ultimately their victory last Sunday!) I was thinking about coaching techniques employed that really leads to great teamwork. World Cup soccer is elite-level athletics, and their coaches are amazing For LeaderMoms, the aspiration is to be awesome at work and present in important ways for our kids, and typically both require some doubt and discomfort.

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Catherine Flavin
Leading with Meaning: Five 30-Day Challenge Ideas

We focused on meaning because one of the fundamental pieces of LeaderMom counsel from our panel is around doing what really matters, professionally and personally.  And we advocate disciplined practices to determine that. If you watched the webinar, great! And know that understanding the power of meaning is not enough. The next step is to deliberately practice that skill until it becomes a habit.  Here are 5 ideas for how to increase your focus on meaning with micro-investments of time and energy.

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Kaitlin Hershey
It’s More than Okay to Say, “F*ck goody bags.”

Sometimes, whether we are LeaderMoms or MomLeaders, the stuff that weighs us down is about trying to manage our “personal brand” as a good mom. One of the funniest and favorite moments of our last webinar was when Kelly Fredrickson shared that she finally gave up on goody bags—yes, her quote was something like, “Fuck goody bags.”

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Kaitlin Hershey
LeaderMoms, Modeling a Growth Mindset is Wise.

This week, we saw some famous people paying to get their kids into colleges. That made me sad, and a little sick, because it is terrible plan.   

I do get the appeal. We often think of success as a linear process, and there is a good bit of anxiety in play. If our kids can get XY or Z (into an ivy, a job, a car), our kids will be happy. But that belief is wildly misguided. 

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Kaitlin Hershey
If You Fear Ruining Your Career with Kids, or Kids with Your Career, Please Don’t. 

One senior leader with whom we work, is extremely highly regarded in her global company (top-ranked in her field via a talent review that spanned almost 20 colleagues in different divisions) and is about to have her second baby. Recently she shared that she worried that having another child “is going to ruin her family and her career.” This write-up is for her.  

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Kaitlin Hershey