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  • Writer's pictureDr. Ricarda Engelmeier

#35 TWO TO TANGO - The magic of working in Tandem, with Nina Gillmann

๐“๐–๐Ž ๐“๐Ž ๐“๐€๐๐†๐Ž - ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ข๐œ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ฆ, ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ข๐ง๐š ๐†๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ง

Tandem solutions may not be mainstream yet, but atย MyCollectiveย weโ€™re hearing more and more people talking about them - and our community are parents who work in a really diverse range of industries. Some of them have even formed a group for tandems, so it was exciting for us to haveย Dr. Nina Gillmannย return to our podcast. Nina is co-founder and CEO ofย TWISE, a company that creates tandem solutions and that has worked with many of our participants.

The perspective that our work gives us on parents returning to their careers post-baby has shown us that tandems are a really important piece of the solution. They represent an innovative and fluid working model that makes being a hands-on parent while accelerating your career actually possible. โ€œFor parents with really small children, working 25-30 hours per week is realistic and that doesnโ€™t fit with the expectations for a leadership position, which is more like 50-70 hours per week,โ€ Nina explains. But if there are two of you, 50-70 hours becomes realistic - AND you still have time for family.

For companies, there are lots of advantages:

๐Ÿ‘‰ two people = more skills, more ideas, more experience.

๐Ÿ‘‰ everything has already been vetted by two people, meaning less work for their immediate manager and fewer mistakes.

๐Ÿ‘‰ managers and team leaders become drivers for diversity, making them a real talent magnet.

Nina lists some interesting pluses for individuals in a tandem too:

๐Ÿ™Œ it broadens your skillset because โ€œyou have an expert at your side who has it in his or her own best interest to teach you and to transfer everything they know.โ€

๐Ÿ™Œย Pitching ideas as โ€œweโ€ instead of โ€œIโ€ is โ€œa beautifully subtle way for women to gain more visibility, more credibility and more power.โ€

๐Ÿ™Œย When you canโ€™t be at work, you know that the person backfilling for you fully wants you to succeed - itโ€™s their job as well as yours!

Find out more by listening to our full conversation here:


Speaker:ย Dr. Nina Gillmannย - Co-founder and CEO,ย TWISE

Interviewer: Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier - Founderย MyCollective

Photo: Nina Gillmann

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