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Ep 217. Daisy Dowling: The Workparent Toolkit

Daisy Dowling is Founder and CEO of Workparent, an executive coaching and training firm, and in 2021 she published the book Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. As an advisor to working parents, Daisy draws on her own experience as a parent, her years in investment banking, and her work in the field of talent and leadership development to help people find happiness in their careers. 


In this episode, Stew talks with Daisy about her evolution from investment banking to advisor for working parents, the useful tips she gathered from speaking to a variety of working parents across different stages of the parenting life cycle, what it takes to be the mayor of the village that raises your children, and more about how to succeed as a parent and in your career.  

 

Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode, and if you are a working parent.  Take a moment to find an opportunity to use the advice Daisy offered at the end of this conversation:  Express appreciation to your parenting partner – anyone who helps you in this aspect of your life – for their contribution, however big or small, and see what happens.  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn

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Ep 220. Rob Cross: Breaking Free From Collaboration Overload

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College and the author of Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being. He has studied the underlying network dynamics of effective organizations and the collaborative practices of high performers for more than 20 years. Rob is cofounder and Research Director of the Connected Commons business consortium. He writes about practical approaches to enhancing collaboration, and is the coauthor of five other books, including The Hidden Power of Social Networks.In this episode, Stew talks with Rob about the causes of the epidemic of too much collaboration at work and how this problem has reduced productivity and well-being in all parts of our lives. They discuss Rob’s research on how effective collaborators break free from the tyranny of inessential collaboration and then focus their attention and energy on, among other things, finding simple ways to cultivate diverse networks that give them greater courage via fresh perspectives they gain on how to live a good life. Rob describes how to identify and reduce what he calls the now-common “micro-stressors” in our lives.Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode: Identify one micro-stressor in your life – over which you can exert some control – and see if you can come up with a small step you can take to reduce or eliminate it. Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn.