Friday, June 05, 2009

Managerial Parent (or Parental Manager?)

I have lots of ideas for posts right now, but not a lot of energy to write them. So I'll content myself with this one observation:

Parenting books and management training have a lot in common.

The ideas about working with people's personalities instead of against them discussed in the book I mentioned yesterday (Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka) are as relevant for dealing with the adults at work as with the kids at home.

The conflict resolution techniques discussed in Siblings Without Rivalry (another much recommended parenting book, this one by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish) and in the management training course I took last year are almost identical.

I think I should add these things to my earlier list of transferable skills that one learns as a parent.

I don't know what the management training equivalent of all the sleep books is, though. Maybe those fadish books about how to go from "good to great" or similar such things? Both types of books imply a universal solution to individual situations.

1 comment:

  1. "Parenting books and management training have a lot in common."

    I read that sentence and was just like, "Yeah! So true!" I used to read a lot of management books and communication in the work place books, and they really are so similar.

    The big difference I see though is thinking about what is age-appropriate in the parenting techniques, though not all books address that (the ones on toddlers usually do). But I can't think of an equivalent for the sleep books. Mmmmm.

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