Monday, March 18, 2019

WPO: Ideas. Advice. Mutual Support

A group for local business executives offers ideas, advice, and mutual support.  It's called the Women Presidents' Organization.  Take, for example, Becky Pfundheller who started her own company in 1992. Today, Analytical Food Laboratories has 45 employees at its 25,000-square-foot facility in Grand Prairie, generating $3.8 million in revenue and performing tests as Pfundheller puts it on “anything you eat or ingest or put on your body—food, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, personal care products."

As she grew the company, Pfundheller was introduced through a friend to the Dallas chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a business peer group for women CEOs, presidents, and managing directors of multimillion-dollar companies.
She joined a 15-member group that, under strict confidentiality, kicks around each other’s most difficult business decisions. They’re questions such as: “What should I do with a key employee who needs to be let go but who knows a lot and will be difficult to replace?” And: “Should I buy out my partner?” And: “Is it time to expand and open new locations?”
Read more about her experience here.

Photo courtesy:  Amy Hirschi on Unsplash

Monday, March 11, 2019

Improve Yourself in Business and in Life

Who doesn't want to improve themselves in every area of life?  I constantly wish I would laugh more, take myself less seriously and, here I go again, be far more helpful to others with business growth.  What about you?  If you are in the same league, indulge yourself to a couple of good books to open your mind from authors who cover everything from organizational growth, to how to stand out, to the making of a manager.

Read more about how to live a better life, improve yourself and your business, and achieve success faster.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Leading Up: Women Presidents' Organization 2019 Annual Conference

Come one, come all to our Women Presidents' Organization 2019 Annual Conference:  "Leading Up" held at The Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 1-3, 2019.

Read the news.  Learn more about the program schedule.  Register here.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 25, 2019

If You Could Find a Way to Turn Back Time

If you could turn back time (remember the famous Cher tune?) and change your approach on running your business, what would you have done differently in your 20s?

From taking advantage of having no strings attached and seeing the world to raising your hand and asking questions, here is advice from 5 successful women business owners that they wish they would have taken in their 20s.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Women Business Owners Offer Sound Advice

I've captured all the sound advice – 16 insights – provided by women business owners in the article, "Meet the women driving Worcester's renaissance and the advice they have for aspiring business owners," by Melissa Hanson.

Here's a snapshot of what they have to say when asked what advice they would give to aspiring business owners.
  1. Make sure you have a solid plan and then make sure you have a solid backup plan. And do your research and talk, network...And don't be afraid to put your ideas out there. 
  2. I think the biggest thing is finding your cheerleaders, your champions, your people that are going to believe in your vision. Finding people who are going to be in your corner but that are going to challenge you and encourage you to really consider everything before you go into business is going to make you that much stronger.
  3. Just do it. Always be prepared. Go in there knowing what you're talking about.
  4. I would say, make sure you have a plan. Some sort of plan. Do something that you love. If you love what you're doing, you will make it a success.
  5. You normally know the truth in your gut. So, if you know you're a hardworking person who's willing to sacrifice and willing to give up time and willing to kind of lose the financial part of it at first -- cause it's really difficult to make money in the beginning -- then you just have to really trust yourself. It sounds cliche, but everyone can give you an opinion but at the end of the day they're not going home with your problems. 
  6. It takes a lot of will. Like unrelenting will. Get your will in order and make sure that you're doing something you're absolutely in love with and passionate about. Because there's going to be plenty of times where really crappy things are happening but if you're in love with the whole thing of what you're doing you're much more accepting of it as part of the process.
  7. Just go for it. I think that all young women out there and even older women...I think that they just have to understand that they just have to do it anyway because time will pass. 
  8. Really think it through and talk to other business owners to understand what's going to keep you up at night and the challenge of employing people and keeping people employed. 
  9. It's not always easy and you have to do it for the right reasons. Do it because you love it and because it fits your lifestyle. You've got to surround yourself with like-minded, good people. Pay them.
  10. You need a sounding board, whether it's friends of somebody who's done it before you. Do your research and talk to people. 
  11. Just do it. Just start. You've got to start somewhere. Get involved and reach out. Go to a city meeting, go to a cultural coalition meeting. You've got to start building that team right off the bat.
  12. There's no definites and I mean that in the sense of, talk to a lot of people, get information from a lot of people, but also know that there's a lot that you have to filter out. It's just kind of a matter of following your heart and your gut.
  13. My biggest thing that I think helped was not really having a backup plan. There was no, "if it doesn't work out." This was always what was going to happen. 
  14. Be transparent. Be honest with each other. If you're doing it with a partner, or even if you're doing it by yourself, figure out what your comfort zone is and be willing to go beyond what because you are always stronger than what you think you are.
  15. Do the research. Do your homework. Do as much of it as you can. Talk to as many people in the industry, research your market, research your industry. Run the numbers. Have a business plan. Talk to the bank. Get financing and have three months worth of financing in the bank on top of everything you need for buildout, because those are the biggest mistakes people make.
  16. Go for it.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Embrace the Occasional Tumble

According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble.  More importantly, a mindset matters too.

Key finding:
People with performance goals, she [Dweck] reasoned, think intelligence is fixed from birth. People with learning goals have a growth mindset about intelligence, believing it can be developed.
A highly developed mindset most certainly can foster business growth. Learn why here.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Why Successful Women Surround Themselves With Other Women

We already know this at the Women Presidents' Organization!  But in case you don't, give it a nice long read not once but twice to really get it.

Most successful women surround themselves with other women

Study finds female-dominated inner circles are key to women gaining leadership roles
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