Shared Leadership for the Future
It takes a village to nurture a child and every woman knows that if she decides to embark on the entrepreneurial journey she will look for support from that village. Every woman in business, at one time or another, thinks about starting her own business. Many turn a hobby into a small business just to say to themselves that they have what it takes to make money on their own. But others, many others, make the choice to establish a business that, if carefully planned, can grow into a business enterprise employing many and answering the needs of consumers. It doesn't matter which entrepreneurial woman you are - if you are a woman in business, working for others, and want to start something on your own - I say, GO FOR IT and here's how!
A new year means it is time to raise the bar on your business goals. But, what does that actually mean for your woman-owned business, you ask? It means it is time to review what has worked last year and capitalize on that progress and prepare to kick-it-up a notch. There are 3 business trends this year that will help catapult your company if you are willing to think differently and act on them.
As the year comes to an end and we think about making resolutions, I believe it is wise to categorize them. The goal is to honestly assess the year past and plan for the year ahead - 2015. Women in business should think about what worked and what didn't and what they can do about it.
As you know, if you regularly read this blog, I love movies! I couldn't wait to see Reese Witherspoon in WILD and she did not disappoint. The powerful takeaway for women in business is believing that you CAN accomplish anything.
The older we get the faster time passes. Do you remember when you were little and Christmas was a few weeks away? Every minute of every day passed so slowly you thought the moment of Santa's arrival would never come. But, then you grew up. You decided to become a woman in business, or even a woman entrepreneur, and now the hours, days and weeks seem to blur. What no one is telling you is that business is all about urgency! Every second counts...every minute may mean the difference between success and failure. Business, all business, is about urgency....
As I walked around Castle Island yesterday, I was in awe of the Kite Surfers skimming the 40 degree waves of the South Boston shoreline. Immediately I thought about how similar the rush of that sport is to starting a business as a first time woman entrepreneur. Let me explain:
As a business coach, I spend a lot of time encouraging my clients to rely on their gut when making decisions. However, it is just as important for women entrepreneurs to believe that they were born with brains that are perfect for excelling in entrepreneurship too.
There is a business networking group in every town, city and state in America. Women in business and women entrepreneurs no longer feel left out of the business conversation as, in most cases, women outnumber men at most networking events. However, showing up at networking events doesn't guarantee women entre into the business conversations that matter. The old boys club is alive and well and women who are serious about their business must take the next step to really be included.
Successful entrepreneurs are proactive not reactive. In case you don't understand the difference, the difference is making decisions before the roof falls off and you have nowhere to turn. I know from experience that women entrepreneurs have the guts to take action quickly and brutally if necessary.
In business, and life, it doesn't take long to learn that it isn't always what you say that matters, it is what is heard. Women in business need to pay attention to this more than men because every word we say is dissected differently due to our sex. If you don't believe me that read on.
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