1 of 8
By Alina Dizik | 11-16-2012 | 3:00 PM
The Career Benefits Of Parenting
1. Getting good at fast-paced survival mode.
2. Practicing tough negotiating.
3. Taking advantage of market testing.
4. Using downtime to spur inspiration.
5. Having no-strings-attached fun.
6. Knowing when to speak up.
At first glance it's difficult to imagine how being chief cook and bottle washer (not to mention diaper-changer) at home can actually help you kill presentations or manage creative teams back at the office. Studies show otherwise. People skills are the number two factor impacting organizations, after technology, according to the 2012 IBM Global CEO study, which interviewed more than 1,709 leaders. Of all the external forces that could impact their organizations over the next three to five years, 69% of the CEOs see people skills change as most critical. And many of those skills are also practiced in the home. Carrying over soft skills can give you a leg up when it comes to dealing with employees. Anything from quick thinking to negotiation skills can be learned in the home and taken back to the workplace, say executives. We asked travel, tech, beauty, and finance industry executives what they learned about raising children, maintaining a household, and living an active life outside of the office and how they’ve transferred those people skills to benefit their leadership style. Here’s what they said.
Image: Flickr user Sang Trinh