Shared Leadership for the Future
Can you imagine the exposure a piece on 60 Minutes could create for your business? Can you imagine how excited the world would be if you demonstrated a plan to take over the retail world by storm? Well, Jeff Bezos created and demonstrated just that on 60 Minutes this week with a concept he says is just four or five years away -- Amazon drones!!
You don't have to be a woman entrepreneur to get a little choked up at this time of year. Whether or not your business is going according to plan you know that others are in much greater need. Thanksgiving is that time of year to step back from our problems and pay attention to what we are truly grateful for.
Why with all the choices women have is there more dissatisfaction than ever with work-life balance?
So, you've decided to start a business - control your own destiny - be a woman of substance, a woman entrepreneur - what should you do first?
The dreaded cold call - many people get chills just thinking about it, yet it still is a necessary part of doing business. Women entrepreneurs report they hate it even more as they have been taught to listen first and talk later -- that strategy doesn't result in a sale. So here are some tips on how to enjoy cold calling and getting back to using the telephone.
Believe it or not - women have more trouble sleeping through the night than men, and it isn't because of their hormones! Women worry about everything....but, women entrepreneurs obsess the most, particularly at night.
Have you ever worked for a CEO (Wizard), that all-knowing person in the corner office, or the CEO (Emperor) that everyone tells only what he wants to hear? I know that you have because I have and it is a constant theme from the women in business I talk with every day. The sad truth is that too often we grow up with the misconception that people are smarter than we are, more intuitive than we are, more important than we are or just better than we are. Where does this lack of confidence come from? How can we be leaders without kowtowing to emperors and wizards?
Once upon a time in America every small business owner focused their sales strategy on attracting their local community - a kind of all business is local theme. The internet has changed all that as businesses can now market inexpensively to the world. However, women entrepreneurs have always known that the friends and family concept can drive sales most successfully.
Have we turned into a country of followers? Everywhere I look I see people, women and men, attempting to be like their neighbors by looking like them, acting like them and making the same purchases. More important, for the first time in my lifetime it is considered fashionable to be following others...ie. Who do you follow on Facebook? Who do you follow on Twitter?
Why is it that women consistently sabotage themselves in business? Why do women in business, particular corporate women, insist on allowing their mind to run away from reality even when it is staring them in the face? The question really is why do so many women become prisoners of their own mind?
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