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Too often, ambitious men and women feel they must choose between pursuing a leadership career they love and enjoying their young family. It doesn't have to be this way. Big Careers, Small Children (formerly Leaders With Babies) is a brand-new podcast from Leaders Plus, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to supporting ambitious parents of young children who want to progress their career whilst caring deeply about being a good parent. Join CEO and Founder Verena Hefti as she interviews inspiring business leaders from all walks of life who have successfully combined a leadership career with raising their young families. Her guests candidly share the challenges they have overcome and the practical solutions that have helped make their vision for their career and family life a reality because no parent should ever have to choose.

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    • 5.0 • 57 Ratings

Too often, ambitious men and women feel they must choose between pursuing a leadership career they love and enjoying their young family. It doesn't have to be this way. Big Careers, Small Children (formerly Leaders With Babies) is a brand-new podcast from Leaders Plus, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to supporting ambitious parents of young children who want to progress their career whilst caring deeply about being a good parent. Join CEO and Founder Verena Hefti as she interviews inspiring business leaders from all walks of life who have successfully combined a leadership career with raising their young families. Her guests candidly share the challenges they have overcome and the practical solutions that have helped make their vision for their career and family life a reality because no parent should ever have to choose.

    The Job Share Pair - Everything You Need to Know About Job Sharing

    The Job Share Pair - Everything You Need to Know About Job Sharing

    "Most people know what the concept of job sharing is but many don't know how it works in practice."

    Our guests this week on the Big Careers, Small Children podcast are Hannah Hall-Turner and Rachel Maguire, otherwise known as The Job Share Pair.

    Having successfully job shared together in their HR Director role at a Fortune 500 firm they are now on a mission to make job sharing an accessible option for all.

    Rachel and Hannah talk really honestly about the pro's and con's of job sharing, detailing everything you need to know before embarking on one. 

    The conversation is packed with so much practical advice and links to useful resource wherever you are in the process.

    So whether you're considering finding a job share partner, are already job sharing and want tips to improve the relationship or if you're an employer wondering what the benefit would be to your organisation, listen to this episode to learn: 
    How to find your perfect job share partnerThe characteristics you might need to be successful at job sharing If you need to be close friends with your job sharing partner for your job share to workThe best way to structure your working week with your partnerThe tools Hannah and Rachel use to revolutionise their handoversWhether job sharers should expect to take a pay cutHow to convince your organisation that job sharing worksThe latest stats around job sharing successThe resources that can support you in your job shareWe hope you enjoy the conversation.

    Follow The Job Share Pair on Instagram and on LinkedIn.

    Other resources mentioned in this episode for job sharers:
    Roleshare
    Flexible Working People
    Daisy Chain
    Investing in Women

    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning Fellowship Programme and our latest events.
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    • 49 min
    Gabriel Davies - Why Ambition Shouldn't be a Dirty Word

    Gabriel Davies - Why Ambition Shouldn't be a Dirty Word

    This week Verena Hefti, FRSA is joined by the brilliant Gabriel Davies, a mother of two and a Commercial Director at the global green energy company Ørsted, working in the leadership team responsible for building the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Gabriel is also an inaugural Fellow on the award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme.
    This week our discussion focuses on ambition and why this shouldn’t be a dirty word but in fact is something to be celebrated by working parents.

    Gabriel shares honest reflections on how to thrive in a male dominated environment like engineering. Plus practical tips for anyone considering setting up a gender inclusion network at their organisation – including why men are integral to any conversations around gender equality.
    There are also plenty of helpful suggestions from Gabriel’s own experience returning to work from two maternity leaves, including what she did differently the second time around.
    It’s a really inspiring conversation filled with so many useful tips – we hope you find it useful.
    Connect with Gabriel on LinkedIn here.
    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning Fellowship Programme here. 
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    • 40 min
    Sharath Jeevan - Finding Your Motivation and Inner Drive

    Sharath Jeevan - Finding Your Motivation and Inner Drive

    Our guest today is Sharath Jeevan, an expert when it comes to motivation and purpose and the best-selling author of Intrinsic, a practical guide to re-igniting the inner-drive (or intrinsic motivation) in our lives.

    Sharath is also the Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs,  supporting organisations all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges.
    Previously Sharath founded and led STiR Education to re-ignite the motivation of 200,000 teachers, 35,000 schools and 7 million children in emerging countries.
    During the Pandemic many working parents have questioned how they spend their time and are seeking more purpose in their working life. So during our discussion Sharath shares with us:
    Whether it's essential to leave the 'rat race' to find deeper fulfilment How we can achieve more lasting happiness and success in our careersThe difference between mastery and autonomyHow all individuals need to work on their personal mission statements Why parenting models now need to change We hope you find our conversation useful and insightful.

    You can connect with Sharath via Twitter @sharathjeevan_ or LinkedIn.

    His book Intrinsic is available now.
    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning Fellowship Programme here. 
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    • 42 min
    Compilation Episode: Finding a Job With Purpose

    Compilation Episode: Finding a Job With Purpose

    Finding a career that also brings meaning to your life is a priority for many working parents so this week we are diving back through the archives to bring you the very best tips from our previous podcast guests.

    For many Christmas is a time of reflection and an opportunity to sharpen your vision, these thought provoking snippets will help inspire you to make your purpose a reality.

    You will hear from:

    Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE  (the former National Clinical Director of Mental Health for NHS England) shares with us the importance of having purpose in your work, including how if we are to do amazing things we need to surround ourselves with inspiring people.

    Kath Austin (Entrepreneur, CEO & Founder, BeeBee & Leaf) shares quite honestly the highs and lows of taking the business from her kitchen table to shop shelves and why you should absolutely dream big.

    Reverend Carla Maurer (Swiss Church in London) discusses developing purpose, how to set boundaries and offers top tips for prioritising yourself.

    We hope you enjoy the episode. We will take a short break over Christmas and will return on Wednesday 05 January.

    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning Fellowship Programme here. 
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    • 21 min
    Compilation Episode: The Best Tips for Managing Workload, Mental Health and Well Being

    Compilation Episode: The Best Tips for Managing Workload, Mental Health and Well Being

    Something a little different for this week's podcast. We are diving into the archives to bring you some of the very best tips around managing workload and supporting your mental health and wellbeing from popular previous episodes.

    Laura Harrison (Co-Founder of The Human Change Agency and a Leaders Plus Mentor) has excellent advice on managing your workload when you move from full time to part time hours, including sharing actionable tips on how you can make changes to your working hours that work best for you and your company.

    Poppy Jaman OBE (CEO, City Mental Health Alliance) is a mover and shaker when it comes to mental health and the fact that we are now talking openly about mental health issues at work is strongly influenced by her incredible work.  Poppy shares with us the best piece of advice she was given and it may surprise you!

    Dr Suhana Ahmed (Consultant Psychiatrist, Old Age at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust) is another pioneer in the area of mental health and has been in the thick of things during the COVID-19 crisis leading an NHS psychiatric inpatient ward where patients had caught COVID.  Suhana shares with us how she led a team during such a challenging time, including the things she learned during the experience that have made her a better leader.
    Finally we revisit a powerful panel discussion dedicated to the topic of workload and managing expectations. Panellists Susannah Hardyman (CEO, Action Tutoring) and Vicky Fox (CEO, The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom) have practical advice on managing workload whilst progressing an ambitious career alongside bringing up children.
    With special thanks again to our fantastic podcast guests:
    Dr Suhana Ahmed - Consultant Psychiatrist, Old Age at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS TrustVicky Fox - CEO, The Supreme Court of the United KingdomSusannah Hardyman - CEO, Action TutoringLaura Harrison - Co-Founder at The Human Change AgencyPoppy Jaman OBE - CEO, City Mental Health Alliance To download our practical workbook on setting boundaries head to our website www.leadersplus.org.uk/boundaries/

    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning Fellowship Programme here. 
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    • 34 min
    Catherine O'Brien - Sharing the Mental Load & Finding Time For Your Partner

    Catherine O'Brien - Sharing the Mental Load & Finding Time For Your Partner

    Having a baby is a huge transition for any couple and navigating life as a new family can be particularly challenging.

    This week's guest, Catherine O'Brien, is an expert in relationships. As a marriage and family therapist and the author of the brilliant book Happy With Baby she shares with new parents the advice she wishes she could have had as a parent, whilst giving practical tips on how to keep your relationship afloat after starting a family. 
    Our discussion includes:
    How to make time for each other when leaving the house for a date night isn't an optionWhen it's time to seek outside support from counselling How to make sure you're present with your partnerWays to share the mental loadHow to ask for help so that your partner hears you Enjoy this week’s inspiring episode and if you’d like to connect with Catherine you can head to www.happywithbaby.com for more details about her work, including where to buy her wonderful book.

    Head to www.leadersplus.org.uk/couples for more resources, including a checklist of 10 questions all couples should answer before returning from Maternity Leave, Shared Parental Leave or Adoption Leave.
    Follow Leaders Plus on Twitter @leaders_plus  and find out more about our work, including details of our award-winning  Fellowship Programme, which includes a session for couples. 
    Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe and share with any friends, family, or colleagues who may benefit

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Chelsea Hil ,

Helpful & inspiring

A very human and insightful podcast for working parents, expertly hosted. There's seldom an episode I don't take something away from.

SusieHeale ,

So informative

Great conversations - it’s like listening in on the very best chats between inspiring people. Love the guests and the frank input. Thanks Verena and LP.

*SuzyM ,

Accessible practical advice

Have been binge-listening to this podcast since I discovered it a few weeks ago. Very empowering and lots of ideas for how to address the challenges of family life and career. Love the conversational style and the credibility of the speakers. Thank you for making this available and please keep them coming!

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