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Measure ‘learning agility’ when promoting working parents

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by Kathy Woods


working motherThe next time you’re deciding which job candidate to hire or promote, take a second look at that working mother among your applicants—even if she took a few years off to raise children or wants a flexible or part-time schedule.

Businesses that value organized employees, effective time managers, smart negotiators and quick thinkers are looking for the exact skills a parent develops while raising kids.

We know from research that one of the biggest predictors of success in new roles is “learning agility.” That is, people will be more successful in leadership roles if they have the ability to learn from past experiences and apply that learning in new and very different situations.

Female executives say becoming a parent makes them more agile learners. In fact, in a Korn/Ferry Institute survey of more than 100 women executives, more than 90% said raising children develops unique skills that transfer to the workpl...(register to read more)

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