Hello and welcome to my first musings! Although I’ve worked with and invested in start up technology companies for so many years now, I confess to being a total newbie to blogging. But, in the spirit of “Leaning In” and being encouraged to get online after a recent talk I did on “Brains, Beauty and Balls in Business” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so here goes…
Let’s start with what I mean by these three Bs…because I firmly believe that for a female to succeed in business you have to have all three.
Brains: it’s not about what you know, it’s about knowing what you don’t know and finding people that do know. It’s about both intelligence and common sense.
Beauty: it’s not about your appearance or what you look like to others, it’s about your innate feminine traits of empathy, compassion, kindness and grace.
Balls: it’s not about being over-assertive or over-aggressive, taking too many risks or behaving like a man, it’s about using your inner confidence and intuition to push you out of your comfort zone.
It’s about actively encouraging your differences as a woman and using them to your best advantage to succeed in business. As Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, said:
“Women don’t need to think like men anymore. Their differences are a source of strength to be embraced, rather than a weakness to be overcome.”
I’ve worked in early stage companies for over 20 years now, in a variety of entrepreneur, investor, director and adviser roles, serving on well over 30 boards. In my time I have had some amazing successes…but equally some fantastic failures…and there are valuable lessons to be learned with all these experiences.
Being an entrepreneur is a tremendously fulfilling journey – it’s brilliant to be in charge of your own destiny – despite the many highs and lows you will encounter along the way. But it can also be a difficult, frustrating, demanding and lonely journey, sometimes even more so for female entrepreneurs, as we can face additional hurdles that our XY colleagues don’t…
The road is hard. The road is long. The road is lonely.
But it doesn’t have to be. You are not alone.
What I want to do here is to both help and inspire my fellow female entrepreneurs in whatever way I can though sharing tips arising from my hard-earned business battle scars, both past and present, along with some succinct snippets of general business advice – “My Musings”.
We’ll start with my Top Ten Tips, and I will wager that they won’t all be what you would expect!
Join me next week!