In the same vein as Hilary Clinton, a woman near the top of our political structure causes quite a stir (gross understatement). There are those who will laud her efforts to stand for what she believes in, to go after her dreams, to make a difference in the world, all the while raising a (very large) family. Others will see her political ambitions as running counter to the most important job of motherhood, and question a woman’s ability to take on such a significant role when her family clearly needs her to remain at the helm.
Given the role of primary care-taker, can/should a woman effectively lead in business and politics? I am less interested in the political debate such a question can arouse (which I admit, is pretty much unavoidable), but rather how her role is causing us to consider various conventions.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
Many of us mompreneurs hold the title CEO: “Chief Everything Officer.” While this title certainly conveys a sense of independence and power, it also reflects one of the downsides of working for yourself: you do all the work all by yourself.
While it makes sense to start out this way, there comes a point where the biggest obstacle in the path to your business growth will be YOU. Talented multi-tasker that you are, you can’t perform all the business roles (president, sales director, marketing manager, book keeper, technician, clerk, etc.) and your various personal roles (wife, mother, chief domestic engineer, chauffer, cook, etc., etc.) the way they need to be performed. You’ll spread yourself too thin, and all the balls you have juggling in the air will begin to drop.
Take a moment and consider your various tasks and roles. Are you willing to ask for help? What difference would it make if you hired a housekeeper, or delegated dinner duty to your husband, or pawned off your contact management updates to a virtual assistant? What would you be able to accomplish?
You have significant money-making talents. Use them to their fullest in your business and get the success you desire. And those things that don’t make you money (or don’t make your day brighter)–find a way to get them off your plate.