Thanks to Rebekah Epstein for featuring me on her blog — Neon Notebook. The piece imparts a bit of business and life advice. Here are 3 Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s:
Do what you enjoy.
Like most people in my 20s, I was busy trying to do what I was supposed to do. According to who? This notion was mostly based on what I thought were the “cool careers”. They sounded good and were “prestigious”. But, after years of trying my hand at different things, I learned a big lesson about which careers I was and wasn’t suited for. Today, I have the pleasure of helping others discover what careers they are uniquely suited for. One of the most meaningful pieces of professional feedback I have received was from a young woman who I worked with and shared advice on career choices based on strengths and passion. She sent me a note letting me know that I had influenced her to choose a career path based on something she wanted to do, while her classmates chose what they thought they should do. Understanding her strengths and passions provided her with the confidence she needed to pursue her career choice and direction.
It is the job of the CEO or founder to define the values of the company and embody these principles. It is just as important to seek out people who share these ideals to help steer and lead the organization forward.
So when hiring, be sure to consider your goals and vision for the organization and how that may impact the type of person you need to bring in now. Make sure you define exactly what is needed in the role, where there are gaps that may need to be filled and determine what points of overlap, need synergy or where you can add to the mix. Also, be objective in your process.
As the founder of a professional consulting and coaching firm, I find that there are several key factors in play when successfully matching candidates to companies and sowing the seeds of compatibility. Read more.
Do you have a student graduating, entering the workforce or thinking about a major or new career path? We are now offering our proprietary strengths assessment and coaching services to assist young adults with identifying their skills and talents.
Our strengths assessments identify business strengths, beyond academics, to help the student or young professional pursue career choices that best suit their strengths, passions and intellectual abilities.
“This interview was very helpful and I think it will be great for college students who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives as well! Knowing the individual strengths and weaknesses was not only interesting but helpful. It helped me to see something I could improve on to look better in my future employers eyes.” Bridget Mosher
Did you know that 88% of women owned businesses are solopreneneurs? Why? We’re good at solving challenges and getting things done, but sometimes we try to do it all on our own. If you are a woman who owns her own business, has a career or is considering re-entering the workforce, here are a few things to consider to make your work-life balance truly steady under pressure:
1. Think it through. It’s important to know what you want to get out of your business or career and what you can handle. My advice to women currently in the workplace or re-entering is to understand what you want to contribute to the business world and your personal life. Most women I know want to do meaningful work, have some personal time, AND be there for their families. Define your goals upfront and outline what being successful means to you.
2. Be flexible. Understand that you will need to be flexible in in other areas of your life (volunteering, carpooling, errands, etc.) and who/how to get additional support (sitter, spouse, friends, etc.) I see people outsourcing cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring and other jobs to keep things running smoothly. Keep the pieces you love, but find ways to gain support where needed.
3. Find partners. Generally speaking, women are good collaborators. When I first started my business, I tried to do it all alone. I quickly realized it meant that I was on call 24/7 and had to do things I didn’t enjoy and wasn’t necessarily skilled in. Now I have a variety of partners — some that work directly in my business and some who I can call upon for specific expertise. Honestly, I enjoy it more because I get to work with other bright women and play in my sweet spot.
We need women in businesses as employees and entrepreneurs. We solve a whole lot of challenges in the world — and we do it differently – especially if we’re thoughtful in our preparation and don’t’ try to go it all alone. Thinking about a new career or re-entering the workforce? Stay tuned for info on our Women in Transition Workshops coming this October & November!
Pressed to describe the stereotypical entrepreneur, which words would you use? Passionate? Dedicated? Optimistic? Sure, those apply. But insecure and troublemaker are more accurate, according to ‘treps who know a success when they see one. Do the following traits, characteristics and quirks describe you? Well then, you might be an entrepreneur (at heart, if not yet in practice).
1. You take action.
Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group, co-star of TV’s Shark Tank and author of Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, says people who have a concept but not necessarily a detailed strategy are more likely to have that entrepreneurial je ne sais quoi. “I hate entrepreneurs with beautiful business plans,” she says. Check out the other 14 traits.