Big Careers Small Children is a podcast hosted by Leaders Plus founder Verena Hefti MBE.
In each episode, Verena interviews working parents - honestly and informally - on topics relating to progressing their careers while enjoying their young children.
There is an outdated assumption that the role of a senior leader comes with long hours and non-existent work-life boundaries.
On the podcast, a number of senior leaders have shared their stories of successfully resizing roles with significant responsibility, including tips for empowering your teams, managing continuity of leadership and not burning out doing the work of a full-time job in just 3 or 4 days a week.
Listen to their stories below.
We believe that no parent should have to choose between progressing the career they love and enjoying their young children.
Through the Big Careers, Small Children podcast and our award-winning Fellowship Programme, we help working parents to get to senior leadership positions, without having to sacrifice being present with their young families.
We're creating a world where nobody needs to choose between becoming a CEO and raising a family.
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In this episode, Leaders Plus Senior Leader Mentor Helen Gillett shares her experience of successfully resizing jobs and finding purposeful work.
Vicky Fox, CEO of The Supreme Court shares her experience combining a senior leadership career and motherhood. Including why working part-time doesn’t mean you’re partly committed and how you can succeed even when you’re not sure of yourself.
HR Director Laura Harrison returns to offer practical advice for anyone looking to reduce their working hours, including how successfully reduce your hours down to 3 or 4 days and how to ensure you don’t end up still working full time for less pay.
Taylor Vinters Head of Employment Law Dom Holmes shares how to work part-time in a senior client-facing role and how to make smart career choices based on your values
As the first woman in her office location to go through the maternity leave process, Tobi found herself on a steep learning curve and became interested in how mums go on to build successful careers amidst the barriers that surround working mothers.
Amy Gibbs, CEO of the charity Birthrights, discusses working 4 days a week in a senior role, burn out and the importance of self-care.
Legal trailblazer Chris Bryant shares how he makes working 3 days a week as a partner at the international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner work for his family, including how to negotiate part-time pay and why it’s important we all learn how to say ‘no’ when necessary.
This week Leaders Plus Fellow and CEO of Action Tutoring Susannah Hardyman discusses miscarriage, managing workload, negotiating a pay rise and how to make a busy CEO job work in 4 days a week.
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