From the desk of Karen Lombardo, President of Put Another Way.
This month I attended the Women’s Business Council’s Women of Excellence 2018 Unplugged luncheon to hear from these extraordinary women of excellence. I usually sit in the back, for no particular reason, but this time I took notice not only with the speakers, but with the audience.
As women, we often think we are the only ones feeling a certain way. Insecure. Doubtful. Unsuccessful. You know what? Each of the speakers at some point in their conversations expressed similar doubts. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to this and these women found something to help them overcome these feelings.
So, I want to share with you my observations of 5 things or traits common to these Women of Excellence during this unplugged and honest Q&A session:
Outward fearlessness. I have no doubt that fear existed at some level within these women somewhere deep in their psyche, but it did not stop them. It drove them to be successful. A little fear goes along way.
Cool and Calm. A common factor in starting a business or a new position is self-doubt and anxiety. We all share that at some level but as the old saying goes, “Never let them see you sweat!” My grandmother used to say, “That’s why the Kleenex box is in the bathroom.”
Sense of Humor. We all need to laugh at ourselves. I remember at an early point in my management career I was very frustrated with a young, challenging male sales person. He pushed me too far one day and I exclaimed, “you are so fired!” I waited until he left I and I laughed out loud at myself. We later became successful together!
Receptive to help. You cannot be everything to everyone so tap into the resources that are available to you to promote your success. Then, pay it forward and share your experiences.
Be yourself and be true to that self. It will never steer you wrong.
I hope when I look around the room at the next event, or when I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, I see strength and confidence, ready to work and support each other to be successful, no matter what that success is.
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