In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is a leading voice for change in social and corporate policy to bring greater harmony between work and the rest of life—especially for parents.
Stewart Friedman currently is an organizational psychologist and professor of management practice at the Wharton School. He’s an award-winning professor and bestselling author who founded Wharton’s Leadership Program and its Work/Life Integration Project nearly 30 years ago.
Flexibility is a big part of that integration, and the timing couldn’t be better. The realities of working at home—with kids—is settling in for many families
A simple acknowledgement of “I’m a human being beyond the work exchange that we’re doing right now, and so are you, so let’s deal with that,” is necessary, Stew says. “We’re being forced to do that now and I think that that’s helping everybody. It does require, as I say, some adjustment and flexibility, but I think if you negotiate it just a bit up front it makes everything a lot easier.”
In his new book, “Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life,” parents learn how to apply leadership principles to their parenting style and drive values in ways that benefits the whole family.
In our discussion, Stew gives great tips on how parents can uplevel their parenting game, especially during this time when coronavirus is forcing so many of you to make changes to your home and family life.
“Parents who lead are those who have a sense of what matters to them and they’re figuring out, just as we all are, each day a new way to take a step in a direction that’s closer and closer to that world that they see as a better tomorrow for them and the people that they care about,” Stew says.
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About Stewart: mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/fried44/
Book: Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life
- Be flexible, to give yourself a break, communicate, maybe over-communicate with people, including your kids – 4:44
- The four-way view. – 8:36
- What do you mean when you say parents who lead? – 19:50
- More research now on shared leadership models and teams. – 22:27
- Be values conscious or values driven as a leader in your family. – 26:05
- Compassion starts with yourself. – 28:55
- Help your kids understand the choices that you’re making, and the values that underlie them. – 33:07
- What can we do to teach our kids to be better leaders. – 35:12
- Honest appraisal of this sucks but we’ll get through this together is what we need from all leaders right now. – 38:46
- Stew’s experience at Ford. – 39:48
- I think that’s the key. It’s not so much the quantity of time, it really is about the quality. – 44:04
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