Shared Leadership for the Future
Why is the media so intent on making sure that women spend our time arguing over whether women entrepreneurs or corporate women have a more difficult climb to success? Why is it that every woman in business and out of business feels compelled to comment on what Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Meyer and others have to say about working women?
When did flirting get such a bad rap? The word flirt can be used as a verb or noun. As a verb it is defined as "to behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but without serious intentions." So what is the problem? And, of course, as a noun it just means being a person who flirts. Could there be anything more important in business than to attract or be attracted by a prospect or customer? Of course not.
Sharing thoughts and expertise is critical to the success of women entrepreneurs. What surprises me is how many women in business don't blog. The reasons range from, "I don't know what to blog about" to "I don't know enough about anything to position myself as an expert." To these excuses I say REALLY?
Goal setting is one of the most important tasks for every entrepreneur. But setting goals and achieving them is more often the exception than the rule. So, many ask, "why bother to set goals at all if I never succeed at reaching them?"
The facts speak for themselves - women in America love entrepreneurship and realize that anything is possible when they make the decision to launch a business.
As a business coach, I am often asked to meet with a new client as she is thinking about the next chapter in her life. As a woman in business, she is generally ready for something new and exciting, but doesn't know how to go about finding it.
The fact is women are terrific at multi-tasking. There is no question that women can and do juggle multiple tasks throughout the day much better than men. I know this because over the years I've juggled my way through home, work, motherhood and community activism. My husband - well, he seems to juggle finding his keys and his cell phone - but when it comes to work his eyes and head are totally focused.
Every day millions of men and women around the world negotiate for what they want at home, at work, and in the community. We negotiate for goods, for services, for time, for love, and particularly, for money. Women actually negotiate more than men as they are the majority caretakers for children, as well as, elder family members. So why is it women get such a bad rap as being good at negotiation?
I have to confess that as a little girl I regularly complained to my MOM - "Life is not fair!"
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.
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