Business mentor, parenting coach and Joy of Business facilitator, Dr. Glenna Rice, is on a mission to remind mothers just how powerful and experienced they are, and to help mums realise that many of the skills they have acquired while raising children are perfect for running a business.
“When we look at what we have to offer a particular situation, it’s important to cast our eye far beyond what we think is relevant,” remarks Dr. Rice. “For instance, I did a zoology degree before becoming a physical therapist. I never, in a million years, thought I would use my zoological knowledge in physical therapy, or as a business mentor, or parenting coach. But I was wrong. I draw on that education all the time.”
“I have learned that nothing you have accomplished is superfluous; nothing is a waste of time. And I think that’s a particularly powerful message for mothers to hear,” she explains. “The skills that a woman naturally acquires in the act of being a mum are incredibly valuable in the business world.”
Dr. Rice understands the pressures of being both a mother and business owner, having built a thriving private practice and several personal coaching businesses, all whilst raising three children on her own. She believes there are several ways in which motherhood prepares you to be a strong and successful businesswoman.
It prepares you for busy, busy days
When building and running a business, your days can often be incredibly busy … but that is nothing new for mothers, who truly know what busy is and can function effectively at a rapid pace.
It builds the ‘multi-awareness’ muscle
As a mother, you build a mental muscle that allows you to be aware of many people, their needs, and their schedules simultaneously. This is a vital skill when running a business; it enables you to be aware of multiple factors – the finances, marketing, how the business is growing, stock levels and your employees – all at the same time.
You become a master manipulator and negotiator
Motherhood teaches you that when you want something done, control simply doesn’t work. As a mum, you have to get what you want in subtler ways; weaving a solution out of everyone’s different needs. Like a martial artist, mums become adept at using others’ momentum against them; turning them in the direction they want to go. Control never works in business, and it is mothers who best know how to manipulate and negotiate suitable solutions in a multifaceted, multi-directional environment. Importantly, mothers know how to invite others in the business to their point of view – patients, clients, investors or staff – without stirring up resistance or resentment.
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Dr. Glenna Rice, DPT is a physical therapist, wellness and parenting coach, and certified facilitator of several Access Consciousness® special programs, including Joy of Business and Access Body Class.
She is the owner of Access Physical Therapy in San Rafael, CA and is an instructor for ESSE, (The Energetic Synthesis of Structural Embodiment) for bodies. She earned her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and has been working with dancers, athletes, children and other individuals for more than 25 years. Find out more about Dr. Glenna Rice here.