Post-Mother’s Day Tribute

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How can we be present for our employees without micromanaging them?

In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I was talking with three clients, all three of them mothers and they were striving to support their almost-adult children, keep track and be helpful, notice when things are going wrong, but not fall into the trap of being overbearing.

Listening to them share their stories made me think about how often we feel this with our employees or direct reports and how we try to balance support with autonomy.

But as these thoughts came up, another one occurred to me about how much is going on in the mind of each of our employees, that everyone has someone to worry about, whether it’s children, elderly parents, life situations, and other stressors.

So in addition to the support you want to offer your team in the workplace, it is also important to keep in mind the personal struggles they may have outside of work.

Want to learn more about team development? Read this.

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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