Lessons from a Working Mom on “Doing It All”

by Francesca Gino

Quick Takes

  • Be happy, not perfect
  • Find the upside in mistakes
  • Focus on what makes sense for you
  • Laugh more often

“I don’t know how you do it.” Whether it comes at the start of a videoconference or a call, this is one of the most frequent comments I hear from clients, colleagues, and even friends these days as we’re doing our usual premeeting check-ins.

The statement always surprises me. I’m a professor who teaches and a consultant who advises various organizations, in person and virtually. I am a researcher, engaged with colleagues on several projects. I am a partner, married to a committed working spouse, and I am the mom of four children: the oldest is seven; the youngest ...

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