Picks and Pans Review: If You've Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything

UPDATED 08/30/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/30/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

By Ann Crittenden

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In her winning follow-up to The Price of Motherhood, Crittenden explores a simple, powerful idea: Being a mommy is great training for being a manager. Using examples from prominent mom-businesswomen, Crittenden dissects the lessons of parenthood—like learning to multitask, having a sixth sense about danger and negotiating with a 3-year-old—and shows how they apply equally to the workplace. She shows how to "spot the baby" in the office and demonstrates how everyone tries harder if they get some version of a gold star—like a toddler being potty-trained.

Most welcome among Crittenden's arguments, perhaps, is the idea that being a mother makes us more open to creative thinking at work. As one powerhouse mother puts it, "Having kids makes you realize that you really do need people [in an organization] who can say, Why can't we wear a sock over our head?"


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