The ParentPreneur Edge: What Parenting Teaches about Building a Successful Business

Overview

Most people think you can't be serious about your business andalso be a good parent. Or, if you're a good parent, you have to letthings slide at work. The truth is, says Julie Lenzer Kirk, thereare more similarities between these two roles than there aredifferences. Working parents share the same experiences and developcomparable skills—skills that can be drawn upon to provide anadvantage in any business.

Unfortunately, there's no entrance exam for becoming anentrepreneur, and ...

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Overview

Most people think you can't be serious about your business andalso be a good parent. Or, if you're a good parent, you have to letthings slide at work. The truth is, says Julie Lenzer Kirk, thereare more similarities between these two roles than there aredifferences. Working parents share the same experiences and developcomparable skills—skills that can be drawn upon to provide anadvantage in any business.

Unfortunately, there's no entrance exam for becoming anentrepreneur, and no way to earn a degree in parenting. Most of usstart businesses or become parents without all the skills or toolsneeded to succeed, but we do it anyway. By sharing compellingstories of dedicated parents who run successful businesses, TheParentPreneur Edge offers inspiring proof that common wisdom iswrong. You'll learn how the abilities and lessons learned in onefacet of your life can easily be applied to the other.

Julie Lenzer Kirk, a successful entrepreneur and mother, offersthe word "ParentPreneur" as a way to describe entrepreneurs who arealso parents. In The ParentPreneur Edge, she provides a proven,winning formula for everyone who's looking to embark on their ownbusiness adventure—or take their existing business to the nextlevel—while still making time to balance a family life.

Julie has found five key traits that give parents an edge intheir careers, whether they are running their own business orworking in a larger organization: resourcefulness, perseverance,patience, passion, and vision. An expert who developed amultimillion-dollar business while raising her young children, sheincludes a wealth of practical advice on launching, growing, andrunning an entrepreneurial business.

The ultimate similarity between parenting and entrepreneurialleadership, this book reveals, is that you are building a legacy.As parents, we want to raise children who are happy, responsiblecitizens. As entrepreneurs, many of us create companies that wehope will make a contribution to our customers, our employees, andour community. We want to make a positive impact on the world, orat least our corner of it. The ParentPreneur Edge will show youhow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470119877
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Lenzer Kirk is an award-winning entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering others into entrepreneurship. She is a business owner, mentor, author, international speaker, community volunteer, and mother of two. Julie founded her first company, a software and services firm called Applied Creative Technologies, Inc. (ACT), when her children were young, and grew her business to multimillions in revenues. After cashing out and selling ACT's software to a business partner, she now teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and runs another business, Path Forward International. Through this new venture, she offers workshops, consulting, and keynotes to give entrepreneurial companies and individuals a "Boot in the Butt" to launch new ideas, grow existing ventures, find their work/life balance, and fine-tune their leadership skills. You can subscribe to Julie's monthly Boot in the Butt newsletter through her Web site at www.JulieLenzerKirk.com.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Running a Business is Like Raising a Child.

Chapter 2. Preparing for Entrepreneurship.

Chapter 3. Launching.

Chapter 4. The Early Years.

Chapter 5. Ramping Up: A Time to Learn.

Chapter 6. Growing Pains.

Chapter 7. Emerging Independence.

Chapter 8. Exercising Your Exit.

Chapter 9. Having it All—Myth or Reality?

Chapter 10. The Edge.

Index. 

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