Meet Mark McCartney
When I’m coaching leaders who are parents of younger children, irrespective of their nationality, industry sector or gender, one topic comes up again and again…
I’m working harder than ever… and this is unlikely to change… meaning I have less and less time to spend with my children… and I see no way out of this.”
So it seems either your career suffers, or your children do.
It’s a generation of leaders still holding on to a failed model – where people work harder, longer and faster just to keep up. People who accept they won’t be involved with their children’s lives.
What’s more, they don’t even reap the benefit from all the hours they work because they are too tired and stressed to tackle the tasks most prized by organisations, which are typically creative or strategic and that require time and energy.
Help is at hand:
There is a new model which successful leader-parents are implementing and that HR professionals are enlisting to support their senior executives.
If you can spare 25 minutes a week with me on Skype we can change the way you work and live. We’ll define a goal that has real emotional power for you – for instance, “I will be at my child’s sports day this year” – and we’ll make radical changes to how you work to ensure this goal is successfully implemented. You’ll be more in control at work – and you, your children and your family as a whole will be happier at home.
Mark is a leadership coach and a parent who works with a broad range of leaders who are also parents of younger children. He is also a member of Oxford University’s Säid Business School.