Jul 19, 2021
Leading a team in the workplace can be tough. What can make it
even more challenging, however, is when situations at home force
you to devote more time, energy, or resources away from business
aspirations. On today’s episode of IntHerrupt, Linda is joined by
Abbi Perets to discuss how to lead a team when you have
special needs children, aging parents, or other
commitments that can impact your professional aspirations.
But first, who is Abbi?
- Originally your typical corporate professional, Abbi
transitioned to freelance writing upon the birth of her first
- Now Abbi has five children, with two having special needs. Her
third child has Soto syndrome and her youngest child only has one
- While unintentional, freelancing was incredibly helpful for
Abbi. When she found her days full of therapy and doctor’s
appointments for her kids, she was still able to work.
Balancing work and her personal life is
- For Abbi, the key to balancing everything in her life is
sacrificing things she is willing to sacrifice.
- She doesn’t worry about having a perfectly organized home.
Clean laundry can stay in baskets, and dishes can be in the sink
overnight because she picks and chooses where to put her
- Letting something go doesn’t mean letting go of it for life.
It’s simply reprioritizing based on what’s happening at the current
How does Abbi stay positive?
- Apart from thriving on sarcasm and very dark humor, Abbi
believes that happiness is a choice.
- When her son and mother both had cancer, Abbi got the help she
needed to remain hopeful and optimistic.
- Women in particular struggle in silence. But there’s nothing
wrong with taking medication, getting counseling, or anything else
to find happiness.
- She looks for small things that bring joy to her, like reading,
a good cup of coffee, celebrating with her kids, and walks with her
husband around their neighborhood.
How does Abbi manage her client’s
- When her son was diagnosed with cancer, she immediately
contacted her clients and said she wouldn’t be able to work for the
foreseeable future, and it wasn’t until he finished treatment that
she began to work again.
- She is a huge believer that your calendar is not an
aspirational document. You need to be realistic about how to plot
out a calendar, which means scheduling time for
- Being honest about the amount of work she can do helps her set
realistic expectations with her clients and deliver work on
What are things listeners can do to be more sensitive to
team members who deal with these types of issues?
- Ask them to be honest with you about how much work they can
- Be cognizant, but also hold people accountable. Some people
like to be very engaged in work during difficult times because it
is a routine. If a coworker or employee wants that, respect it.
Don’t decide what they need.
- If your employees can do things better for you and themselves
by working remotely, welcome that chance to help people balance
To connect with Abbi, visit her website https://successfulfreelancemom.com/.
Do you have stories to tell? Connect with Linda to share them.
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