A few weeks before returning to work after twelve month of maternity leave, I started thinking about how I may have been de-skilled during that time. Strangely (and fortunately), once I went over the past year of motherhood in my head, I felt more confident than ever about my professional expertise. I’ll explain why.
With the birth of the second child, our family underwent a change process akin to a corporate merger. A merger between an established enterprise, let’s call it Son, and a pushy little start-up, we’ll call it Daughter.
Like any good communicator, I anticipated most of the possible problems that may arise once Daughter entered the picture. So I made sure that long before the change occurred, the expectations were set. Son received clear and consistent messages about the upcoming changes, illustrated with examples and tinged with optimism. I thought I made it very clear to Son, in the most positive way possible, that workspace, resources, leadership’s time and attention, and many other luxuries previously enjoyed without competition will need to be shared.