Shared Leadership for the Future
We have all heard the expression, "the mind is a terrible thing to waste", which was a part of a campaign slogan used by the United Negro College Fund in 1972 and today is used widely by educators to stress the importance of education.
You know you have been thinking about it most of your life. It started when you were in grammar school. When other kids wanted to play house you wanted to play business. Now you are all grown up, work 40+ hours a week in a job that gives you little satisfaction and what you really want to do is start your own business....so what are you waiting for?
As a woman entrepreneur, you know that you question everything in your business. Sometimes the questions are out loud, but more times than not they are in your head.
Gender stereotypes are completely outdated, yet the media bombards us with misrepresentations about women in business. The most recent trending articles regarding businesswomen are entitled: Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg attacks gender stereotypes at work; Marissa Meyer at Yahoo! Declares: Face Time Is The Key; and What Does Power Really Mean To Women?
March is Women's History Month and it is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8. Canada celebrates it in October to coincide with the celebration of Person's Day on October 18.
We all know that in life s_ _t happens. Why is it so difficult for us, women entrepreneurs particularly, to understand that in business s_ _t happens also?
Smart women in business know that asking the right questions is, at times, more important than having the right answers. Why?
Millions of small businesses across the country are sold every year to first-time small business owners, repeat small business owners, competitors, employees, the public market, and often to family members. These small businesses are owned by men and women and in order to obstain the best selling price for the business require an strategic exit plan.
As a business coach working with women entrepreneurs I listen intently to the day to day stresses and workplace situations that make every entrepreneur want to scream...."I'm mad as HELL and I'm not going to take this anymore" ....and then moments later "I love doing what I do!"
Like you, I'm still waiting for a woman to run, NO I MEAN, be nominated and run, for President. But, that's not the purpose for this blog. There are a lot of lessons that women entrepreneurs can learn from the recent Presidential election and there is no better time than now to get started.
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