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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. Leaders with Babies is a brand-new podcast from Leaders Plus, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to supporting parents of young children who are ambitious about their career whilst caring deeply about being a good parent. Join CEO and Founder Verena Hefti as she interviews inspiring leaders from all walks of life who have successfully combined a leadership career with raising a young family. 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. #LeadersWithBabies

Leaders With Babies Leaders Plus

    • Business
    • 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. Leaders with Babies is a brand-new podcast from Leaders Plus, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to supporting parents of young children who are ambitious about their career whilst caring deeply about being a good parent. Join CEO and Founder Verena Hefti as she interviews inspiring leaders from all walks of life who have successfully combined a leadership career with raising a young family. 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. #LeadersWithBabies

    Reverend Carla Maurer - Finding Purpose and Setting Boundaries

    Reverend Carla Maurer - Finding Purpose and Setting Boundaries

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

    • 40 min
    New Series Preview

    New Series Preview

    Verena Hefti, CEO and Founder of Leaders Plus, gives a preview for the new series of the award-winning Leaders With Babies Podcast.

    Our next podcast is an interview with Reverend Carla Maurer, Minister of The Swiss Church in London, in which we talk about purpose and setting boundaries. 

    Coming up later this season we speak to an Executive Director in the largest education charity in the UK about how she moved to that job when she had children under two. We also speak to Carole Robin Ph.D,  author of the book Connect, which focuses on building exceptional relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Carole was the Dorothy J. King Lecturer in Leadership at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and we talk to her about about how to create deep meaningful relationships at work and beyond. 

    • 4 min
    Verena Hefti - Getting the Most Out of Maternity Leave

    Verena Hefti - Getting the Most Out of Maternity Leave

    Welcome back to Series 5 of the Leaders With Babies Podcast.

    In this episode Verena Hefti, Founder and CEO of Leaders Plus, discusses her experience of being on maternity leave with her third child, whilst running a social enterprise.

    Verena is interviewed by Kirstie Brewer, a journalist at the BBC and a Leaders Plus Fellow.

    Kirstie asks some interesting questions about maternity leave and how you can make it a productive time and plan your return to work.
     
    We discuss:
    The challenges of maternity leave and how to manage it whilst having older childrenWays in which you can prioritise your own wellbeingHow you can communicate with your partner before and during maternity leave, to ensure it runs as smoothly as possibleHow to plan your return to work and how maternity leave can make you a better leaderVerena's number one tip for transitioning from maternity leave back into work
    Follow Verena on Twitter at @vhefti and Leaders Plus @leaders_plus.

    • 29 min
    Lucy Walker - How to Become a Non-Executive Director (NED) & Diversity on Boards

    Lucy Walker - How to Become a Non-Executive Director (NED) & Diversity on Boards

    Are you interested in becoming a Non-Executive Director (NED)? Do you know what the role involves and where to find the best opportunities? 

    On this week’s Leaders With Babies podcast Verena chats to Non-Executive Director and Leaders Plus Fellow Lucy Walker about why you should consider becoming an NED, diversity on boards, plus Lucy's journey combining two young kids with a board career.

    Lucy shares her tips including:
    Why it can help to be a Trustee firstPractical things Lucy did to make her applications stand outHow to structure your CV specifically for a NED roleWhere to look for the best quality roles 2 things anyone keen to become an NED can do today in just 10 minutes Connect with Lucy on LinkedIn here or visit her company’s website www.aminsights.com.

    Useful Resources Mentioned by Lucy
    Women on Boards: www.womenonboards.net
    Nurole: www.nurole.com
    Dynamic Boards: www.dynamicboards.co.uk
    First Flight Non-Executive Directors: www.firstflightnonexec.com 

    • 31 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE #IWD2021: Kim Rowell - Returning to Work & Things I'd Tell My Pregnant Self

    SPECIAL EPISODE #IWD2021: Kim Rowell - Returning to Work & Things I'd Tell My Pregnant Self

    To celebrate International Women's Day #IWD2021 we have a special podcast takeover episode from our inspirational Leaders Plus Fellows.

    BBC journalist and Leaders Plus Fellow Kirstie Brewer interviews BBC Three and BBC News Assistant Editor Kim Rowell about taking maternity leave, returning to work, and "things I'd tell my pregnant self".

    They discuss why kindness - or more importantly fairness - underpins Kim's leadership style. How she has successfully navigated redundancy and why all the best things have happened in Kim's career since giving birth to her daughter.

    Follow Kim on Twitter @KimRowellTV
    Follow Kirstie on Twitter @KirstieJBrewer

    With special thanks to the following Leaders Plus Fellows for producing this episode:

    Kirstie Brewer, Journalist at BBC News 
    Melanie Sethi, Senior Internal Communications Manager, BT
    Victoria Moore, Transformation Lead, Imperial College Healthcare NHS 
    Dr Katie Badcock, Health Policy and Improvement Fellow, The Shelford Group 

    This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
    Listen now in iTunes | Listen now on Spotify

    • 33 min
    Michele Zanini - Making the Workplace More Human-Centred

    Michele Zanini - Making the Workplace More Human-Centred

    What if people were truly at the center of organisations? How might a flexible working request work differently if processes didn't hold us back? 
    Our guest today is Michele Zanini, the co-author of the bestselling book Humanocracy, which sets out a passionate, data-driven argument for excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better.

    Michele is passionate about building organisations that are fit for the future.  He shares with us the simple steps we can each take to make our workplaces less bureaucratic and more human-centered.

    Follow Michele on Twitter @MicheleZanini
    Buy a copy of Humanocracy on Amazon here.
    Find out more about Michele's work, including his course 'Hack My Org' which is free with the purchase of the book at www.humanocracy.com. 
    This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
    Listen now in iTunes | Listen now on Spotify

    • 53 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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