Raising children is arguably the toughest gig on the planet. Accordingly, mothers are the proud owners of some serious skills, whether they’re aware of the fact or not.
Business mentor and parenting coach Dr Glenna Rice wants mums of all ages to consider this.
In fact, she wants mums to do more than just that. She wants mums to not only acknowledge just how powerful and experienced they are but to also realise many of the skills they have acquired while raising children make them perfect prospects for running a business.
“When we look at what we can offer a particular situation, it’s important to cast our eye far beyond what we think is relevant”, says 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 says.
“The skills that a woman naturally acquires in the act of being a mum are incredibly valuable in the business world.”
And if anyone knows what running a business while raising kids really looks like, it’s Dr Rice.
Why? Because she built a thriving private practice and several personal coaching businesses, all whilst raising three children on her own. Now, Dr Rice has a very clear idea as to how motherhood prepares you to be a strong and successful businesswoman. And she wants you to know what they are too.
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.
To find out the other 4 ways moms make great bosses read Dr. Glenna Rice full article in Honey 9 here,
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. Learn more about Dr Rice at www.glennarice.com