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Arrelle Anderson, Owner/Chief Business Strategist at Chandlerson Strategic Management, participated in an exclusive discussion with Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Cathy Hughes, Founder/CEO of Radio One and TV One. Ms. Hughes also serves as the Chair of SBA’s Council of Underserved Communities and is committed to strengthening entrepreneurship and expanding opportunities for small businesses in underserved communities throughout the United States. Ms. Anderson had the opportunity to share many entrepreneurial challenges and survival techniques that contributes to her success as a small business owner.
As business leaders, we have to continuously study our crafts and invest in ourselves, professionally and personally. Sometimes, we spend the first 30 days of a new year planning for the months ahead, but rarely make time to confirm that we are on track for success. This month, I was fortunate to attend the annual Women of Power Summit hosted by Black Enterprise Magazine. The summit provides panels and events that uplift women holistically, and typically has over 500 attendees from all walks of life varying in age, ethnicity, and status. During the 4-days, we let our hair down and formed a strong sister-circle that was truly uplifting. The theme, “Your Truth. Your Power. Your Time,” was perfect, to say the least. I left the conference feeling energized and empowered to embrace the journey ahead.
Typically, our monthly newsletter, Strategic Perspective!, provides tips and techniques for all professionals, but I felt obliged to share what I learned during the conference so you too can feel energized and empowered to excel. Below is a summary of what the speakers shared on three of the several panels I attended, but I encourage you to visit: http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/women-of-power-summit/ to learn more, watch videos and view photos from this year’s summit.
1. Managing Sabotage: How to negotiate success in an unfriendly environment. In today’s work environment, employees are faced with downsizing, new initiatives and confusing direction. In these settings, knowing yourself, your reputation, and the value that you contribute to an organization will help manage sabotage. Try not to own the problems for everyone in the room, and be aware that some games will be played. As you navigate through unfriendly environments:
a. Know who you are: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
b. Know what pushes your buttons.
c. Understand that relationships, at all level of an organization, are critical.
d. Take a moment to reflect in silence.
e. Be flexible enough to embrace challenges, and be willing to change.
2. The Anti-Social Executive. How to step out of your comfort zone for career advancement. This panel by far, was my favorite!! Although many people consider me a social BEAST, there are moments when I have to push myself beyond my comfort zone to be present in the moment. Anti-Social is drawing lines and missing the opportunity to build bridges. The panelists eloquently gave us insight on how to be an executive with personality and winning social skills. After the discussion, I truly realized that it is not so bad if my colleagues know more than my name! I also learned a few more ways to move beyond my comfort zone:
a. Make small sacrifices to invest in relationship building beyond your usual “circle.”
b. Meet people at all levels of the organization, not just the C-Suite or front office.
c. Understand that decisions are made outside of meetings.
d. Find value in small talk.
e. Realize that you are not alone.
3. Embracing Change. How to get unstuck to uncover your next move. Change seems to be such a dirty word. Who wants it? How do we deal with it? Can we ever prepare for it? After attending this panel, I knew I could handle change in any form. I am ready. As professionals, adversity is married with risks, but having the correct mindset will prepare us for battle:
a. Be willing to cross lanes; never feel like you have to stay in your lane because you may miss an opportunity for advancement.
b. Take calculated risks that will give you exposure and force you to become a strategic thinker.
c. Think of risks as opportunities and focus on the upside of change.
d. Do not hesitate to say “no” if you are not equipped, but arm yourself for the next chance.
e. Live within your means, which will give you flexibility.
The recurring message throughout the summit was take a moment to pause. You may have already had a setback or two, and may be struggling with self-motivation. Just take 5 minutes or 30 minutes a day for YOU. Remember, you are all you have and self-care is most important for being able to endure during times of change. Just like Dr. Crawford, founder of Crawford Ministries, reminded us at breakfast one morning, “I am an intentional statement of God’s Glory.” I believe in you, so keep the faith and press forward with excelling in all your goals.
Until Next Month,
Arrelle Anderson, MBA
Owner/Chief Business Strategist
Chandlerson Strategic Management
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