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
Carole Robin Ph.D - Building Exceptional Relationships
Carole Robin Ph.D is Co-Founder of Leaders in Tech, a development program for leaders of tech companies. She also taught the legendary Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends and Colleagues. The book contains the lessons of "Touchy Feely" that thousands of students and executives have consistently described for decades as life changing.
Here she talks to Verena Hefti, Leaders Plus CEO and Founder about how to build exceptional relationships. They discuss:
- Productive conflict and how to challenge mental models
- How disclosure is the building block for developing relationships
- The 15% disclosure rule which will help you step put of your comfort zone
- Building relationships with people who are different to you
Flora Letanka - Being an Exec Director whilst having young children
Flora Letanka is Executive Director for Network Development at Teach First, the largest educational charity in the UK. She is in charge of mobilising high-impact networks of Teach First alumni, schools and others, to ensure that every child gets an outstanding education.
She is also a mum to three young children.
Here she speaks to Verena Hefti, Leaders Plus CEO and Founder, about being an Exec Director whilst having young children.
- How to remain visible whilst on maternity leave and keep progressing your career
- Working with your maternity cover to ensure the best outcomes
- What is needed for an Exec Director role
- Failures and challenges she has experienced
- Parental guilt
Michael Baran, Ph.D. - Tackling Subtle Acts of Exclusion
Dr. Michael Baran is a social scientist and Senior Partner at inQUEST Consulting. He draws on his own research in cultural anthropology and cognitive psychology to inform his current diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work–his speaking engagements, writings, consulting, leadership development, workshop facilitation, and digital products.
In addition to his inQUEST work, Dr. Baran has taught courses at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has directed projects aimed at reducing racial disparities in education, health, housing, and criminal justice at the FrameWorks Institute and the American Institutes of Research. He is also the coauthor of the recently launched book Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions, cited in Forbes as one of the “11 Books To Read If You Want To Be A More Inclusive Leader.”
Here he talks to Leaders Plus CEO and Founder, Verena Hefti, about tackling subtle acts of exclusion.
- What are subtle acts of exclusion, otherwise known as micro aggressions
- How to have productive conversations about subtle acts of exclusion to ensure you feel heard
- Practical tips to being more inclusive
Katie Warringer- Exceptional Performance in Challenging Circumstances
Katie is one of the UK’s leading Performance Psychologists, working behind the scenes and on the big stage with some of the world’s best athletes, leaders and organisations.
Here she speaks to Verena Hefti, Leaders Plus CEO and Founder, about how to achieve exceptional performance in challenging circumstances.
Katie and Verena discuss the impact of guilt, how lack of sleep affects performance, negative self talk and redefining success. Katie also offers her top tips for success.
Fellowship Live Podcast- Honest Reflections on Career Ambitions and Insight into the Fellowship
In this episode Verena Hefti, CEO and Founder of Leaders Plus, talks to three Leaders Plus Fellows about their honest reflections on career and ambitions, including failures and setting boundaries. They cover how to manage your own wellbeing whilst holding down a job and having children. They also discuss the value of the Leaders Plus Fellowship and how it has benefited them.
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.
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.
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.
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!