Great working relationships are built upon trust and mutual respect. To take advice from someone you really have to establish who that person is and why what they have to say is relevant.
Before I even sign a contract to work with someone I think it’s essential to have an informal consultation just to assess whether we will be a good match for the business. In order to get to know you in the future I believe it’s essential for me to share just a little about who I am right now.
I grew up in a family business, surrounded by the ups and downs of being part of an entrepreneurial family. In fact some of my earliest memories are watching how hard my parents had to work just to sustain their business, (which incidentally was a great success they retired at 47)
From there it was difficult for me to consider being anything other than an entrepreneur, however I learned a few things from watching the impact of work on family that I wanted to change. Hard work is great but Smart work is better so I set about gaining an understanding of business from many different perspectives. Dedicating my time and effort not solely on studying but getting out there working and learning from real people.
I understand the issues and problems that you may face as a Director or CEO as I have seen them all before time and time again, and learning from some of the best people in the business I can show you the safest path through the woods.
I became a financial planning consultant at first for a major bank and then I took a leap of faith and became a self-employed consultant for another major corporate assurance company for the remainder of my career in Financial Services.
Until I decided that now was the time to stand out on my own and really work with the businesses that I wanted to and make a difference that way, in the past 3 years I haven’t looked back, working with businesses of all sizes and genuinely making a difference to their future, it’s simply what business means to me.
In addition I believe its essential to give something back when time allows and so I am due to become the first female President of The Rotary club of Tamworth in 2015, having been involved in Rotary since the age of 11 and a member for 2 years. I know just how powerful it is for business to support the community and the impact it can have on the lives of all associated. I also mentor young entrepreneurs for various local groups and colleges.