December 3, 2004

News & Opinion: In Closing

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 11:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I have also discovered that when a woman who has been out of the job market for several years prepares a "parallel resume," listing all the various skills she has learned through parenting, she can often win more serious attention from a prospective employer. She may even win a coveted job. My book, If Youve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything, includes several examples of ways to put parenting experience on a resume. My website,, also contains a few "mothers management tips" that anyone can use.
In the end, what we are discussing here is diversity. We need to consider that different life experiences are as important to diversity as differences of race or gender. When people with different experiences come into positions of authority, the effect is the same in an organization as it is in biology. You get hybrid vigor - the increased energy and capacity for growth that results from cross-breeding and cross-pollination.
Today Im suggesting that we value the strengths that come from the work of raising children. When an organization screens out people whove spent some time with children, it loses an important source of vitality, and the insights that come from a vital part of life.
Thanks for your feed-back, and thanks to Todd and Jack again for this opportunity to share some ideas.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.