I’m a bit delayed with this post (I had very limited internet access this week — more on that in a few days!) but I wanted to maintain the complete archives of Best of Both Worlds episode write-ups.
This week, Sarah and I welcomed Helen Dayen to the show. Dayen is a New York City based executive coach, often working with people transitioning into bigger roles. Before this, she worked on Wall Street for over a decade.
When Dayen became pregnant with twins a few years ago, she felt a lot of trepidation as a business owner. How would she continue to run her business? Could she take much “leave”? Would clients abandon her if she did?
But far from failing, Dayen had her best year ever the year she had her twins. In this episode she explains how that happened, from embracing virtual tools, to planning ahead, to saying “yes” to things even when she wasn’t 100% ready, knowing that the pipeline for approval in the corporate world is often lengthy.
She talks about her schedule and shares a wonderful benefit of having extended family in the picture — her kids spend two weeks with each set of grandparents in the summer. She goes up for weekends, meaning that for a few weeks each year she can focus completely on work during the week. For many parents, having a few weeks to catch up and get ahead can make the rest of the year feel completely different!
In the opener we discuss Sarah’s recent experience of making do with substitute childcare. Consider this the annual (or more frequent!) reminder to think through back-up plans….