In traditional business, we are expected to be analytical and rational. Whereas intuition, particularly a woman's, is often touted as mythical or ‘woo-woo’. It’s for this reason that following your instincts is often frowned upon when it comes to making business decisions. However, more and more women are coming to the forefront of leadership and our intuition is what differentiates us from our male counterparts.
Did you know that businesses founded by women show significantly better financial returns, more than twice as much per dollar invested, than those that are male-led?
Yet, only 34% of businesses in Australia are owned and operated by women. Why is this the case? The short answer is - the Confidence Gap.
One of the questions we’re asked most often by women in business is, “How can I multiply my chances of success?” This isn’t a simple question to answer. However, if I had to give just one response, it would be, “Hire a great business coach.” Why? Because with a great business coach, every action you take will be targeted, with an anticipated outcome. Nothing will be experimental—which means no wasting of time and resources. A top business coach will push you to explore outside your...
TED Talks present some of the most successful leaders in the world; well-educated champions in their field. And you get to hear their wisdom as they impart lessons they have learned with the world. Below I have compiled a list of some of my favourite Ted Talks.
Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? I hope your answer is yes! Taking risks is a part of life and being able to make major decisions is pivotal for any business owner.
However, if you aren’t afraid to take big risks, you’re one of the few women who actually consider themselves to be risk-takers. It’s sad but true. Women take fewer risks than men do in business. However, while women don’t tend to take traditional risks, I have no doubt that women are, and can be, fabulous risk-takers.
Who comes to mind when you hear the word entrepreneur? Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Gina Reinhardt, Janine Ellis? While these are all great examples of entrepreneurs, the problem with only thinking about famous women is that they make it seem like an unattainable dream. We don’t necessarily align ourselves with being an entrepreneur of that scale of wealth - we're simply small business owners. But everybody has to start somewhere. And whilst you may not...
Here’s a list of fifteen books that I think every female entrepreneur needs to read. These are my favourites and the ones that have had the biggest impact on me. Whether you’re just starting out or you have an established business, the following books are guaranteed to give you many “ah-ha!” moments and inspiration. After all, there’s always more to learn. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did.
I am a big believer in my desk being representative of my brain. If it is piled high with paperwork, pens, dishes and everything my kids just dumped on me - it’s just simply overwhelming. I can’t find things and I miss deadlines because things are buried. I don’t like being caught off guard, so when vital information is sitting under a plate with a crust of Vegemite sandwich on it, it’s an unnecessary stress on me - and really it’s just gross.
If you have ever tackled the challenge of climbing a mountain (even a small one), you will understand how emotional it can be. As the peak gets closer, the more exhausted you become and the further away things feel. Building a business can be like that. You start out your entrepreneurial journey full of enthusiasm and hope that the view from the top will be worth the trek. It can be tough going as you work your way through that mountain of business growth - but get to the top and it...