Peanut Butter and Jelly Management
This new book truly is a "heartwarming guide to business management," and it is filled with so very close-to-home and familiar stories of the challenges of parenthood and the very relevant learning for leadership in business.
I think we all accept that being a good leader requires many of the same skills and capabilities essential to being a good parent. Chris and Reina Komisarjevsky, the proud parents of nine children and authors of the book have a very clear insight - “More often than not, if we carefully listen and watch children at home - think about what they do and how we bring them up - we can greatly improve our chances of being successful in leading adults in the workplace.”
Peanut Butter and Jelly Management draws upon the Komisarjevskys own stories from the parenting trenches and Chris’s experience as president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Worldwide, a leading global public relations firm, to help Moms and Dads see the parallels between managing employees and raising children. As the authors make clear, the most successful managers are “people persons.” And the skills required for the people-related parts of a manager’s job are all sharpened at home with children.
As accomplished co-managers of a dynamic, caring, and occasionally clashing family filled with children - six kids together plus three from Chris’s previous marriage - the Komisarjevskys know the importance of open communication, personal involvement, setting standards of excellence, keeping one’s cool, and encouraging independence. With honesty, affection, and humor, they relate true stories from their lives with Vera, Katrina, Ted, Michael, Angelica, James, Nicholas, Matthew, and Stephen that illuminate truths about managing people - whatever their age.
Whimsical and practical, Peanut Butter and Jelly Management uses slices of real life with kids to show managers how to guide, motivate, and inspire grown-ups. The Komisarjevskys begin each chapter with a personal tale from home that teaches a lesson, then goes on to spotlight that lesson and how it can be applied at work. They wrap it all up with concrete tips to help managers put fresh, people-focused ideas into practice.
Here’s a sampling:
I judge a great book by "impact" and "insight" and in the number of underlines, scribble notes, and dog-earred pages I create when I read it. As a parent, the Komisarjevsky's vignettes of life with children ring very true and hit home. I smiled and laughed with them. I shared the anxiety and the agony. And I re-experienced the pride and fulfillment of being a parent. As a leader, I see insights and gems of wisdom - and my copy of the little book is mangled and scribbled beyond repair.
Here are three more "gems" from this work:
1. The Shared Qualities of Leaders
2. Insights for Family and Business
3. One Thing For Sure
In their preface, the authors talk about parenting and leading both being works in process. No one has all the answers at home or at work - we all know we have very much to learn. But as the authors state, there is one thing we know for sure. "Without our children, we would have missed one of the greatest experiences a human being can have - the joy of helping another person learn to stand, to walk, and to run ... on his own."
Peanut Butter and Jelly Management - it's a great work - highly recommended!
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