Tuesday, September 24, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Bernice Jackson

It is a privilege to be part of such an amazing group of women on the BOSS Network. Thank you for the opportunity to shine. I truly didn’t have that glamorous successful life that so many women here have had. I didn’t know I would end up a single parent of 4, working 2-3 jobs just to keep a roof over our head and food in our belly. My hard work did pay off with great successful kids.  Once my last kid was grown, I sat back, lifted my head up and realized I didn’t live for me during that time. But, I’m still standing and now, I’m an entrepreneur working hard to build a business of motivating others, through apparel and promotional items and books. Also, I’m on a journey of finding what makes ME happy.

What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Some obstacles were not having a support system and help; and of course the, “if you give me something free then I will advertise for you”, “your prices are too high”, “I don’t know your company so I don’t want to use my credit card”; the list goes on.  My “will” cannot be broken. I joined the BOSS Network to find new circles to surround myself with. 

What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

It was accidental for me. This business was actually a partnership with my daughter who is an artist. I found myself learning adobe suite and creating some awesome custom designs that my customers loved. Being able to create and write again is awesome. 

How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

I have created a daily work chart and placed my repetitive tasks for each day of the week on the calendar. I prioritized my daily scheduled diligently and make sure I include time to take care of me as much as possible.  I make sure I include some out of the box adventures.

What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

“Rooted in me means, I will fight for my own success, I will fight through my own failures, I will create my own adventures and through the strength of my roots, I will live life to the fullest”. By Bernice Jackson

Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

My mother played a big role in keeping me motivated and pushing through.  No matter what hit her, she found a way to get up and keep moving. I’m grateful for her love of reading, which transcended down to me, and her recipe for biscuits and gravy.   Harriette Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou are some of my influencers because, through adversity, they kept getting up. I now realize that I haven’t earned the right to give up.

What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

To keep my business going I would want a support system that is encouraging and whom I can encourage along this journey and better marketing to increase sales. An assistant with design experience wouldn’t hurt either.

What is your definition of a BOSS?

A BOSS is a confident adventurous visionary, who leads and inspire others to be more today than they were yesterday. 

Provide us with two words that describe you?

Adventurous Risk Taker”

Learn more about Bernice at www.riseofdarkdawn.com 
Twitter: @riseofdarkdawn

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Don’t Let Being A Boss Burn You Out Interview with BOSS Founder Cameka Smith

Being your own Boss is something many strive to accomplish but, not everyone is up for the challenge and stress that comes with entrepreneurship. I recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with Cameka Smith, the founder of The Boss Network. Cameka shared with me all the struggles and successes of business and how she has continued to stay in business for the last 10 years. Cameka is a speaker, trainer and award-winning entrepreneur. She started The Boss Network in 2009 and it has been very successful. The BOSS Network has become one of the fastest-growing women business communities, garnering several accolades such as a Top 50 Websites for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, and the 10 Best Career Sites and Entrepreneur Websites for Women in Forbes.com. 
Cameka Smith 
Founder of The Boss Network

What is The Boss Network and how long have you been in business?
CS: I started The Boss Network in 2009 after working in the educational system as a school administrator. After finding out that I would be losing my job due to downsizing, I knew this was my opportunity to become my own boss. I first started with my event company that I worked as a side-hustle. I hosted events all over Chicago and this allowed me to connect and have conversations with multiple business owners. During these conversations, I would hear women talk about needing support, mentors and even coaching in their business. This is when I decided to put together a series of Boss events. This created a space for women to connect, collaborate and hear from other successful career and businesswomen. Women were drawn to these events and they wanted more. This is when I decided to create something that would go beyond events. The Boss Network (Bring Out Successful Sisters), a digital platform that supports women entrepreneurs and women who want to climb the corporate ladder. The Boss Network provides digital content, virtual workshops, events, marketing programs, and coaching services. 
What obstacles have you had to overcome in order to become successful?
CS: With any business, there are always failures and successes, but I had to learn how to manage it all. I could not get caught up in the validation of it all. When I first started my business, I was listed in Forbes, Black Enterprise, and INC. Magazine as one of the top digital platforms for women. While this was validation for my business, I was not making the money to match those accolades. I had to get out of my own way and learn to ask for help. I was afraid of not knowing would I really make it to the next level in my business. I also had to get over the obstacles of not having the finances I needed to sustain my business. Therefore, this is when I created the membership component to my business. The memberships allowed me to create multiple income streams and make money while I sleep. I also had to be strategic about creating and building strong relationships with financial sponsors like Prudential, Sage and many others. In business, you must create revenue to keep your business growing. It doesn’t matter if you have 100K followers on social media when you’re not bringing in the revenue to match it.   
What is success burnout?
CS: I have been an entrepreneur for 15 years and have been growing my business The Boss Network for the last 10 years. It has not been easy supporting entrepreneurs, creating content, producing events and managing a digital platform. It has been a lot of sacrifices, failures and financial losses along the way. The pressure of it all can cause anxiety and stress, that could manifest into other illnesses, if not careful. Over the years, I have put so much in the business and made many sacrifices along the way. As the CEO of Boss, I have provided programs, continued to support my digital platform and host a multi-city tour for the last 4years. This caused me to become burned out. Even though I have a team, the bulk of everything falls on me. It took me 4 years before I started to see revenue in my business, and I wanted to keep going. I started to have anxiety about the future of my business, and I knew I had to keep it up. It was draining me because I wasn’t taking time to invest in my personal life. I need at this point to have balance in my business and my personal life. Your life is just liked a car if you don’t put gas in the tank the car will stop. If you don’t take the car to get the oil changed the car will stop. If you don’t get the tires changed on the car it will stop. With your life, you must take the necessary measures to pour into yourself so you can be so much greater in your business. 
What measures have you taken to prevent success burnout?
CS: The first thing I had to do was acknowledge that there was a problem. I listened to my body. I started to have more headaches, colds, and stress. That’s when I knew I had to seek help. So, I reached out to my doctor and he confirmed that I was under stress. I knew I had to do something different in my life. The first thing I did was change my diet. I decided to give up meat and only eat foods that would give me energy and life. I then begin to change up my personal routine. This includes when I wake up in the morning I start with prayer, meditation, and gratitude instead of just waking up and getting right to business. This was very helpful in me being strategic about my day. I also added a routine of yoga, cardio exercises, and self-care activities like floating H2O. Lastly, I decided to put myself first and enjoy life. This included traveling and even taking a three-month sabbatical. I went to Florida and stayed there for three months so I can start doing activities I love, like going to the beach, attending the theater, festivals, and art shows. I forgot about how much I enjoyed these things, and I was strategic about making these activities a priority again. I have also learned to create balance in my life and to the things in life that brings me joy. 
What advice would you give to an entrepreneur who may be experiencing the same thing?
CS: I would say take time to think about what success means to you? What does success look like in your life? How would you define success? For me, success is a peace of mind, enjoying life, and being all that I am called to be. I want to be happy enjoying my success. I don’t want to live an Instagram life, a life where you must work all the time and grind constantly. There are many billionaires who are successful, but they aren’t happy, and they don’t have a life. As my good friend, Sheri Riley would say, Peace is the New Success. What is the point of having riches if you are not happy? I choose peace over prosperity. When you have peace in your life, then that’s when you can truly enjoy prosperity. 
Symptoms of Stress: 
  • Low energy.
  • Headaches.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Insomnia.
  • Frequent colds and infections.
If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, please reach out to your doctor for support and see what resources are available to you. 
Interview by BOSS Influencer, Priscilla Q. Williams, Registered Nurse www.priscillaqwilliams.com

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: LaKeisha Shauntae

LaKeisha Shauntae, Founder & CEO of LaShaé Beauty, LLC. I started as a freelance makeup artist who decided to step out on faith; pursue her dream and launch her own cosmetic line. LaShaé Beauty is a cosmetic and beauty brand that launched in August 2019. Stay Glam and Feel Glamorous! 

What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

I started my business on nothing but Faith and invested what I had (which wasn’t much) into my business. My biggest obstacle was Fear; once I let that go and start focusing on a BOSS mindset everything started to come together. 

What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

I have been in Corporate America for over 20 years. My last employer decided to send our jobs overseas which means that we were going to get the pink slip. I was able to find another position within the company, but it still felt like something was missing. I have always had a passion for the beauty industry; I started as a freelance makeup artist many years ago and wanted to take it to the next level, so I decided to pursue my dream and launch my own cosmetic line “LaShaé Beauty” this year.   

How do you balance your personal and professional life, or have you been able to find a balance?

I try to balance my entrepreneur life by working while everyone is at work or school but that seems not to work the majority of the time. If I see an opportunity during my outings with the family that may require a wait time(downtime) then that’s my clue to pick up my cellphone or laptop and work. I am still trying to find that balance because everyone wants your attention. You just know when it’s time to close the laptop.  

What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

God Is Within Her, She Will Not Fall-Psalm 46:5

Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

Cameka Smith has always been very influential and encouraging. I always wanted to be part of The BOSS Network, but I knew I wasn’t ready. When I finally took the leap in July of this year and started planning for my business things started to happen. When I won the first “BOSS Membership” to The BOSS Network” it was nothing but confirmation that it was my time and season. 

What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong? 

Always God First! Having the best quality products and packaging on the market to set me apart. Excellent Customer Service, Relationship Building, Thinking Outside of the Box, Open to Feedback (rather it is positive or negative) and Networking. 

What is your definition of a BOSS?

A BOSS takes control of their own life, trust themselves well enough to pursue what they love and doing that with beauty and brains. They are classy, creative, knowledgeable, passionate and empowered. They will also build up other BOSSes. Last but not least, a BOSS will trust the process even the highs and the lows.  

Provide us with two words that describe you? Boss Savvy

Find out more about LaKeisha at
www.lashaebeauty.com Twitter: @LaShaeBeautyXO

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Monica Wilcox

Monica Wilcox | As seen on Bravo TV!

Award-winning Interior Designer and TV personality, this 20-year veteran and celebrity guest speaker has appeared as a lifestyle expert on WFAA and Fox Networks. She has been featured in various publications such as; Dallas Style & Design, D Home, Plano Profile and Home, and Papercity Magazine. Monica is the President of her Dallas based firm, M. Wilcox Design with a team of talented leading designers. Since launching her firm in 1998, her diverse portfolio includes; Hospitality, Residential, Athletic & Commercial properties, and Set Design. M Wilcox Design is known for delivering unique designs with functionality that are modern, yet classic. Monica’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned her several awards including, Best of- Interior Design, Top 20 Interior Designers, Best Design Exhibit, and The Prism Award. She is currently starring in a new reality design competition show on the Bravo Network.

What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? There were a ton of major obstacles I faced when I started, the biggest one being how do I charge for my services? This had more to do with me and my self -worth, not what the clients could afford. It took some time, but I eventually learned to get out of my own way and charge what I was worth. I began to value my time and design ability and be more confident in my service offerings.

What inspired you to break into your particular industry? I always had a love for interior design, I was a single mother so I felt like having a stable job was the safest thing to do, eventually I had to decide to take a risk and live out my passion.

How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? I don’t believe there is really a balance between being an entrepreneur and being a wife and mother, I just have to sometimes decide who gets the majority of my time on any given day. Weekends are my time to turn it off completely, during the week, I try to remind myself to get in some me-time, and family time, but it’s always a difficult thing to navigate. You just have to try and do what makes you happy.

What is an inspirational quote that you live by? God’s Delay is not his denial

Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? Tobi Fairley has been a huge inspiration to me and mentor, also I love to watch the upcoming designers that are on the scene, they always encourage me to keep pushing myself, and stay current!

What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong? I must have a beautiful place to work, with positive energy. I love to get new projects that challenge me like never before. My projects just keep getting bigger and that’s always exciting!

What is your definition of a BOSS? A person who doesn’t take no for an answer, a risk-taker who is not afraid of failure, and someone who is confident and knows there business inside and out.

Provide us with two words that describe you?  "Design Expert"

Learn more about Monica at www.mwilcoxdesign.com

When to go back work... after having a baby by Corvet Williams

When is the right time for a mom to go back to work after giving birth?
There isn’t one answer and there isn’t a wrong answer. To my surprise, after a random conversation on this very topic, I found there were many answers. The answers do vary based on it being your first child, single parent, and career position, just to name a few. 

I haven’t done a formal poll but I have had this conversation multiple times over. For starters, first-time mothers, who were ready or planned for their first child generally slowed their career down quite a bit to not working at all. The main reason, they wanted to enjoy this long-awaited gift. Now the same first-time mothers who didn’t necessarily plan on having a child went back to work generally within the first 6 months. Some of the main reasons were because they were not ready to slow down, give up their social life or some were single so they had no other choice.

Then there are the repeat mothers - laughing out loud. Unless she was a stay at home mom or otherwise, to begin with, she was more willing to “get back out there.” Her first-time mother jitters were over. She basically felt more comfortable leaving her new baby knowing the baby would be fine. Also just knowing the baby will be fine versus feeling like you are the only one capable of caring for your child. Trust me I’ve been there. Again this too has variations. Some women needed to go back because her household needed two incomes, some again were single, others had worked hard to climb the social ladder and could potentially lose their positions if they didn’t return to work soon. 

All of that being said, there isn’t a right or wrong. You don’t have to feel guilty about what you choose. You can choose what you want because it’s best for you and baby. No matter what you decide you can still look back 15-20 years from now and wish you had chosen differently. Like another woman who said she wished she would have spent more time with her children when they were young and just allowed her husband to work more or take on a new job.

Whatever you decide, know you are an amazing mom and woman doing the best you can. Beyoncé said it best “we’re strong enough to make the children and get back to business.”

Find out more about Corvet at www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: @CorVet

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Living In The Overflow! by Dr. Jena L. Bell

There’s something inside of you that you know you must share, you must release. 
It’s that feeling inside of you that pulls at your heart to serve others.  Have you felt that way with a sudden rush through your soul? 

Just recently on a trip abroad,  I looked out over the sky and the vast ocean below,  I saw so many possibilities. I saw hope where there seems despair in many parts of our society. I saw a future where the present seems limited. When I look into the eyes of others who may see “impossible,” I see their “I’m Possible.”  It’s a gift that God has given me. 

Introspectively, I began reflecting on who I have been created to be. One to live fully on purpose, in purpose, intentionally obedient to my call and In the Overflow!

As I sat on the plane, there was a woman sitting next to me. Her eyes seemed weary, even as she strained to smile as I greeted her with my big smile and an open heart. 

I couldn’t stop thinking about her the entire flight and what might have been troubling her. I have heard so many heart-wrenching stories while traveling,  I could only imagine. We went the entire flight separated by the aisle. She fell asleep and rested the remainder of the flight. 

As we approached the runway, it was put on my heart to share with her my book. 
I pinned a special note to her and told her to read it later but to take the book as my gift to her. She offered to pay but I told her if she read it and it helped her in any way, that would be enough for me. 

As I approached the baggage carousel, I saw her in the distance, reading my book with a big smile on her face. She was so involved as she went through the index, turning to specific chapters, she didn’t notice me watching. My heart was touched as I hoped that hers was too. I didn’t want to take a picture because her big smile was forever captured in my mind. 

Life is about living intentionally on purpose, in purpose. Are you living a purpose-led life? A life of fulfillment which creates joy and prosperity in your life and your business? 

If so, you are blessed.

If not, are you ready to answer the call to purpose in your life? I urge you to discover your possibilities and let your purpose open your path to greater abundance. It’s time to live In the Overflow!

If you are struggling in your business or desire clarity of purpose, let’s Connect for a discovery call to see how I can best help you.

Jena L Bell, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker, Founder, Purpose on the Rise Global Tour, Pathways to Abundance & Living In The Overflow Podcast. Follow at www.jenalbell.com, InstagramLinked-In,  Facebook.

Friday, August 16, 2019

7 Strategies to Maximize Your Time by Pat E. Perkins

Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by other’s requests? Have you ever used the excuse, “I just don’t have enough time in the day”?

In today’s world, it’s too easy to waste time by distracting emails, text messages and endless social media posts. Time is one of our greatest resources. In fact, it is a gift that if wasted, can never be regained.

Here are seven success and time mastery tips to help you stay focused and productive on what matters most to you. Since we all have the same 24 hours in a day, put your primary focus on what you can master, your own time:

1. Start with an important question: “What is my intention for the day?” Your intention is something you plan to be and/or have today that if you fulfill on this would reap you the greatest return on investment of your time and attention.

2. Clarify your purpose: Why is this intention most important for me today? The answer to this question can provide the motivation you require to carry you through the day.

3. Set your priority: Did you see I didn’t say priorities for the day? Yes, having a list of high value/return actions to accomplish is important. However, this turns into a long To Do list and often is the reason for overwhelming lack of follow through. Choose one priority that provides the greatest ROI for your time right now. Then, choose the next one thing and so on that’s congruent to your intention.

4. Schedule your priority: Put your priority, commitments and recurring activities in existence in your calendar as non-negotiable. One of the ways we allow other people to take our time is because we haven’t already allocated it in to a space on our calendar.

5. Establish clear deadlines: Appropriately estimate the work effort associated to each activity you are committed to accomplishing. I recommend working in time blocks of 30, 60 or 90 minutes at a time. This concentrated focus will allow you to get real about the amount of time it takes to bring a task to completion. We often underestimate what there is to do; then, rush to get it done. You can avoid this by setting deadlines and sticking to them.

6. Learn to Say No: No is a complete sentence! You’ve heard this before, but do you practice it. Women tend to say Yes to most requests made of them. We don’t want to let others down. Honestly, it’s the Superwoman syndrome. We want others to think we can do it all. Give that up! Remember, we teach people how to treat us.

7. Celebrate your accomplishments: Take a pause to acknowledge yourself and reflect on your daily, weekly and monthly accomplishments. Incorporate a Wins & Accomplishments Journal to capture your greatness. This will remind you who you are. Reading a quick win will spark a memory and put a smile on your face to help you keep advancing!

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One (wo)man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another (wo)man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” ~Charles Richards

Find out more about Pat at www.PatEPerkins.com
Twitter: PatEPerkins

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Are You That Boss Lady? by Dr. Jena L. Bell

The Boss Lady, she has come to know who she is and what she wants. She has become the very change that she desires. With every glance in the mirror, she sees the woman who overcame and continues to become the best of who she is destined to be. She has declared she shall wait no more to be recognized, no longer hold back her brilliance and fully embraces her power to make bold steps, even when scared.

Are you that Boss Lady?

It’s a reality check to each boss lady to check the stories you tell yourself and to be in alignment with that which you seek to be. Maybe you consider yourself to be true, authentic Boss Lady, but at times feel like an imposter. Everything that you want has not materialized. The business is not where you want it to be. Do you ever feel like giving up? Let’s face, it’s time for real talk. In the life of an entrepreneur the road can be tough, but what you come to learn about yourself is you are tougher. While these are real emotions and pare for the course, the essence of who you are, is not lost. You are who we are because of who you have become. Most entrepreneurs won’t discuss the challenges for fear of vulnerability, but the reality is, this is the reality. The road to financial success and independence is wrought with trials along with the successes. In my own journey there have been wins, losses, victories, and defeat. But with every effort, with every step I take, I get closer and closer to where I desire to be. What I have come to learn, is that the yardstick continues to move, by choice. The ideas continue to emerge, the goals get bigger because the vision gets clearer and my willingness to push farther gets stronger.

What keeps you grounded and inspired along the way? It’s important to stay the course on the journey because entrepreneurship is one of the key pillars to building wealth. The Boss Lady, must step boldly to build a sustainable, economic blueprint.

To stay the course, here are my top 6 go to strategies:

1) Don’t Give Up: In times of stress, destress, step back, reposition and continue pushing forward.

2) Take Care of Your Health: Your Health is your wealth. Without it, the financial returns will be far less valuable.

3) Have a Plan: Planning charts a path to where you want to go and reassess when needed.

4) Have a Cut-off Time: The conventional wisdom says go 24/7. But in reality, it”s not sustainable over time. Plan for downtime.

5) There are No Failures: When things don’t go as plan, devise a new plan.

6) Seek Help: The bigger the vision, the more people you will need. You will burn out trying to doing it all.

If you are struggling in your business or want to level up in your business, let’s Connect for a discovery call to see how I can best help.

Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker, Business Coach and Founder, Purpose on the Rise and Pathways to Abundance. I can be reached at www.purposeontherise.com or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Many Faces of Change by Corvet Williams

Have you heard the saying that the only thing that is constant in life is change? At what age did you grasp what that really meant? How did it make you feel? Better yet, how does change make you feel and how do you respond to it? 
Change comes in so many ways from what we do to change things to how things change with or without our help. I'm a planner. I'm the type of planner that gets upset when things don't go as planned. My maturity has been challenged by allowing room for change within a plan. It's hard, not a very easy task but attainable. 
Then there is the change we drag our feet about. The change or changes we know we need to make but are scared to make because of the unknown. Because of the fear of change and what comes or doesn't come with it. I bet you can relate to that! I like the serenity prayer that states “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Powerful! And courage is the keyword. We need the courage to make that big leap into a new career position, not knowing if we can succeed. We need the courage to leave that not so healthy relationship. We need the courage to speak up for change. We need to have the courage to ask for that raise. We need the courage to move. We need the courage to let a loved one go out on their own. All of that courage is needed to make a change. 
Let's not forget the human body that changes. We are considered lucky or blessed to see old age, and that too comes with many changes. Physically, mentally, etc there are multiple changes that we know about and others we find out about along the way. Like I knew my hair would gray, I just didn't expect ALL my hair to turn gray. How funny is that?! What about changes in family life? One day you are a mom with a full calendar of things to do for your kids and now they are grown and gone from home and you are twiddling your fingers trying to figure out what to do. You see how constant change is all around us? Everyday. Some changes we don't see them happening and some blindside us. 

What were the biggest changes that challenged you? How did you deal? How did it make you better? Share your experiences. It can help the next BOSS be prepared for her next life change.

Find out more about Corvet at www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: @CorVet

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Why It’s Important to Have an Entrepreneurial Spirit Even If You Work A Job by Priscilla Q. Williams

Most people who have decided to open their own business didn’t make this decision overnight. I’m sure there was some thought about the process long before they made the leap. Entrepreneurship is something that takes place in your heart long before it is a reality. I could remember as a young girl always having a dream to speak and travel the world. I remember writing my first book in grammar school that later allowed me to compete in the Young Author’s Program, representing my entire school on the regional level. The book was later turned into a play for my school’s Black History Program.

I had an entrepreneurial spirit at a very young age, it was like it was apart of my D.N.A. You too may have had visions and dreams as a child not realizing there was a drive within you that caused you to go for more. I think about my son Donnie who has had an entrepreneurial spirit in him from a young age. He would sell candy at school to make money because he was a diabetic and couldn’t have candy. Now he is 20 years old and started his own T-shirt line and now desires to open a clothing store.

Whatever dream and vision you have inside of you, don’t let it die. If you work a job right now that’s ok, but don’t allow your entrepreneurial spirit to die at the job. It is important to operate in a business mindset long before you open your business. Here are three ways you can operate in a business mindset even while you are working for someone else.

Do more than expected

One of the biggest mistakes people make while working for someone else is by doing just enough to get by. This will not allow you to use your skills and talents as you could, and it won’t allow others to see your full potential. Every place I have worked, I have always gone above and beyond. I have never been a person to settle for average. I like to not only do a good job, but I like to do better than a good job. Some may call me an overachiever, but this is the way I am wired. I believe when you go above and beyond someone will recognize it. This is important when it comes to merit increases, promotions, and new opportunities.

Always seek to Learn More

While you are working for your employer, use this as a time to learn and grow. Every training, class, certification, or educational opportunity should be taken advantage of. I have learned that the best investor for your personal development is your employer. When I use to work in oncology at Northwestern University, I took advantage of every training and educational program offered. They offered educational training for nurses to attend a large conference and workshops. I would volunteer to attend every single one of them. For a while, I was the only nurse attending those pieces of training. This opened the door for me to see other opportunities available in the healthcare industry and it also allowed me to meet and connect with new people. Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to grow and learn more. All the training I attended and the certifications I received allowed me to use those skills to market myself in my business. The more you learn; it also positions you as an expert in your industry.

Always be willing to take the lead

One of the things I learned over the years is to never be scared to take the lead. There have been opportunities in many places I have worked to take the initiative and lead. Each time it was presented, I took it. I remember when I worked at Walgreens corporation, the VP asked our team how can we recruit new business? I took the lead to host an educational dinner to attract new business. This allowed me to show the VP of the company my innovative skills and my leadership ability. As a result of me taking on this task, I was asked to take the lead on a new project by Walgreen corporation to open new infusion centers in Chicago. This opportunity would have never been presented to me if I would have not shown my leadership skills. While you are working for someone else show them exactly what you can do and what you bring to the table.

So being an entrepreneur doesn’t start when you open a business. It starts while you are working a job. If you can help someone else sustain their business, then you will be able to run your own. This means show up to work on time, do your work and don’t work on your business while you are working for someone else. Think about how you would want your employees to treat your business. It all starts with where you are. Being an entrepreneur is bigger than owning a business, it’s about your character and integrity. The seeds you plant now will always produce fruit later.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

21 Ways to Advance Your Career and Life by Pat E. Perkins

It can be quite challenging working in a career whether you’re in corporate or you’re a corporate refugee who’s started a business. I’ve personally experienced both sides of the scenario and have faced some of the situations you may be facing when you don’t know what to do to advance to the next level.

Even after completing my successful 20-year career and launching a sustainable business over ten years ago, there are proven strategies that I coach my clients to implement to maintain a steady foundation and positive stride.

In service of you and to take some of the concern out of how to continue to maximize your career, I’ve put together a list of strategies you can incorporate, just don’t attempt these all at once. You see there’s not just one secret or one way to advance, but I personally know at least 21 ways that could benefit you exponentially if you choose to take them on within your career, your business or your life.

Here are 21 career advancement strategies I highly recommend you add to your leader’s toolkit: 

1. Do more than what is asked or expected of you.

2. Join an industry organization and volunteer for a leadership position. 

3. Invest in a professional resume and/or career bio…always be ready to shine.

4. Develop an internal bio and send it to highly influential leaders for their review and feedback. 

5. Volunteer to lead or support a highly visible philanthropic event and make it a huge team success. 

6. Obtain a mentor in each of your developmental areas (one is no longer enough). 

7. Develop a professional board of directors made of individuals inside and outside of your organization. 

8. Set up a frequent 1:1 status session with your manager and your manager’s manager to manage up. 

9. Introduce people in your network on a weekly basis…tighten your net. 

10. Set goals and stick to them…make them visible and review daily.

11. Take on or launch a new initiative, project or program – high profile, high risk, high reward. 

12. Develop a Signature Talk based on your subject matter expertise…be known and share your message. 

13. Love what you do…or learn to love some aspect of it. How can you hate your career and expect to thrive in it? 

14. Write industry articles. Start with your company or industry-related newsletter. 

15. Show up at least 5 minutes early for every meeting, conference call or event…set a new standard. 

16. Join Toastmasters or enroll in a communication course…speak exceptionally well. 

17. Learn to listen AND ask powerful questions instead of having all the answers. 

18. Delegate powerfully to your team and allow new leadership to arise.

19. Know the Mission, Vision, and Values of the company by memory. 

20. Pray for your co-workers and clients…yes, even those you don’t like. 

21. Know your numbers…budget, sales, revenue, expenses, etc.

22. Bonus: Make it a point to have fun every day…people love to be around high energy. It’s infectious!

The list could go on…

The bottom line: Take on daily practices to grow and evolve as a leader. It’s your career, choose to advance it!

“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” ~Peter Drucker

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