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I gave this talk at the IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership conference in San Francisco on May 3, 2014.

Title: Leadership and Parenting: Two Great Skills that Go Great Together

Summary: As a tech executive and a working mom, I found that I became a stronger leader because of the parenting skills I learned, and a better parent because of the leadership training I received. And thank goodness! Like many working parents, I often felt swamped raising children just when my career was growing in both responsibility and complexity. By using my parenting and leadership skills in tandem, I was able to relish my busy life and be happier at both work and home.
• Hear examples of how parenting and leadership skills intersect
• Discover tips to be more effective both at home and at work
• Feel less guilty about not being a perfect parent or a perfect leader

Learn more at http://www.karencatlin.com

I gave this talk at the IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership conference in San Francisco on May 3, 2014.

Title: Leadership and Parenting: Two Great Skills that Go Great Together

Summary: As a tech executive and a working mom, I found that I became a stronger leader because of the parenting skills I learned, and a better parent because of the leadership training I received. And thank goodness! Like many working parents, I often felt swamped raising children just when my career was growing in both responsibility and complexity. By using my parenting and leadership skills in tandem, I was able to relish my busy life and be happier at both work and home.
• Hear examples of how parenting and leadership skills intersect
• Discover tips to be more effective both at home and at work
• Feel less guilty about not being a perfect parent or a perfect leader

Learn more at http://www.karencatlin.com

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Leadership & Parenting, IEEE WIE Leadership Conference, May 2014

  1. 1. Leadership & Parenting Karen Catlin Developing powerful women leaders in the tech industry www.karencatlin.com @kecatlin May 2014, IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference two great skills that go great together © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. karencatlin.com @kecatlin
  3. 3. 4 Intersections of Leadership & Parenting The Power of Imperfection “Whatever” Responses Shiny Objects, Black Holes, & Fire Drills The True Goal  Feel less guilty, enjoy your busy life Agenda @kecatlin
  4. 4. The Desire to be Perfect Image courtesy of Clare Bloomfield / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  5. 5. The Power of Imperfection Perfect parenting does not exist, and it is the imperfections that lead to resilient children. --Dr. Katharine Schori Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church Panelist at the California Governor’s Women’s Conference in 2010 “ .” @kecatlin
  6. 6. Have you observed a parenting or leadership mistake recently? Did it create: Resilience? Grit? Learning? The Power of Imperfection @kecatlin
  7. 7. Look Out for “Whatever” Responses Girl photo credit: BigStock.com, Man photo courtesy of imagerymajestic/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  8. 8. Dealing with “Whatever” When they’ve learned all they can from you… • Encourage Mentoring • Suggest a Stretch Assignment or Job Rotation • Be Understanding • Keep Communicating • Be Patient Girl photo credit: BigStock.com, Man photo courtesy of imagerymajestic/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  9. 9. Distractions Photo credit: BigStock.com Could’ve done more?
  10. 10. Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills Pursue the hot new technology or idea? Squeeze in the latest after-school activity? Invest more in an over-budget project? Invest in a private coach for club sport? Redirect everyone to the fire drill? Drop everything for a homework panic? Images courtesy of Boykung, chrisroll, and John Kasawa/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  11. 11. Example of a distraction at home or work? Were you able to play the bad cop? If not, what would have been different if you had pushed back? Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills @kecatlin
  12. 12. The True Goal Photo credit: BigStock.com Success, Happiness, Independence
  13. 13. To Make Them Successful and Happy • Public Speaking • Technical Skills • Management Skills • … • Riding a Bike • Cooking, Laundry • Financial Literacy • … Plan your obsolescence by teaching skills Images courtesy of Ambro and arztsamui/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  14. 14. Review @kecatlin 4 Intersections of Leadership & Parenting The Power of Imperfection “Whatever” Responses Shiny Objects, Black Holes, & Fire Drills The True Goal
  15. 15. Q&A Have you seen other intersections of leadership and parenting? © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved. Stay in touch! karencatlin.com @kecatlin

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