Business owners have many challenges to launching their business successfully. Preparation, planning, and persistence are essential to a positive outcome for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. Thankfully, there are an abundance of free resources available that can guide business owners as they traverse the rocky landscape of business.
As a business owner, I must assess continually the status of my business while also maintaining a forward looking approach to grow my business to meet customers’ future needs. –Dr. Rochelle L. Webb, CEO, 3W Consulting Group LLC
Join 3W Consulting Group LLC and Liftfund at a free workshop to help business owners assess their capability and capacity. Learn how to access sales and revenue, time management, marketing and social media efforts, and business operations.
What: Business Assessments
Where: Business Diversity & Development Department
DFW Airport Headquarters Multi-Purpose Room – 1B1002T
2400 Aviation Dr., DFW Airport, TX 75261
When: May 24, 2018; 9 am – 11:30 am
March is Women’s History Month and 3W Consulting Group is dedicating our blog to the achievements of women! Check out these informative websites to read about remarkable trailblazers that still inspire women decades later.
Inspiring Video Montage
Women’s History Month
Images of Remarkable Women Trailblazers
National Women’s History Project
I’m Black and I’m Proud – the musical lyrics of a song well known by most African Americans. Today I honor Black History Month by affirming that I am black and I’m proud of my heritage and culture.
Negative and divisive politics have divided the nation and pitted Americans against each other based on our national origin, skin color, sexual preferences, and many other differences. I urge all of us to honor and respect our differences. America is great because of diversity.
Let’s all be proud Americans. Let’s acknowledge that we have differences and that our preferences and beliefs do not mean that we are BETTER than another – it just means that we are DIFFERENT and different means DIVERSE.
Let’s work together to ensure that America remains a melting pot of cultures, beliefs, religions, races, and people supporting equality for all!
Now Is the Time
Now is the time to take stock of who you are.
Now is the time to care for your neighbors who are in need.
Now is the time to rise above political division.
Now is the time to be thankful for life and liberty.
Now is the time to stand for the ideals and values of a free country.
We can’t recapture lost time. Start today on a purposeful path.
Now is the time.
I recently created a training on Authentic Leadership for a group of women business leaders and was struck by how much of the theory is based on the rules of conduct that my parents taught me as a child and that I still use in my business and personal relationships today.
The premise of authentic leadership is based on a Greek theory “to know thyself” and is translated to modern times to mean be yourself and treat others in an upfront and truthful manner (George, 2004). The foundational concepts of authentic leadership require leaders to:
- Be self-aware – know who you are and in what you believe!
- Be genuine – be truthful and transparent!
- Be fair-minded – get different perspectives and diverse opinions!
- Be ethical – do the right thing!
Authentic leaders (George, 2004):
- Understand their purpose
- Practice solid values
- Lead with the heart
- Establish connected relationships
- Demonstrate self-discipline
If you are wondering why is it important to be authentic and to act with integrity, consider this proposition from Bill George, who is considered the father of authentic leadership:
“Integrity is the one value that is required in every authentic leader. Integrity is not just the absence of lying, but telling the whole truth, as painful as it may be. If you don’t exercise complete integrity in your interactions, no one can trust you. If they cannot trust you, why would they ever follow you?” (George, 2004).
Leaders are accountable to those who follow them to lead in a responsible and truthful way. This will not always be easy; it will require courage, consistency, and focus. As a result, authentic leaders can make a significant impact on their followers and accomplishment of organizational objectives.
George, Bill. (2004). Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the secrets to creating lasting value. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
As I pondered what insights to share in my monthly blog, the lyrics sang by the famous Tim McGraw (written by Lori McKenna) came to my mind:
Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind
These words are true for entrepreneurs as well as established corporations. We must establish a corporate culture that respects employees as well as customers. When we achieve our goals – whether it’s revenue, number of followers, winning a large contract, or growing our customer base – we can celebrate and take pride in what we have accomplished but we should hold tightly to what got us there: being humble and kind. Finally as Tim sings, we should mentor and help those following in our footsteps.
When you get where you’re going don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind
“Humble And Kind”
(written by Lori McKenna)