top of their profession, at least not with the zeal previously considered. Ms. Sandberg gives very clear statistics as to the state of female leadership both worldwide and nationally. She is also very succinct in stating that there is not necessarily any one cause.
As someone who worked in the corporate world for over 25 years, I absolutely understand her reason for opening this compelling discussion. Although it is not possible to easily to pinpoint any one reason for it, you can look at several key elements that perpetuate this fact.
As a senior manager working closely with human resources, we at times faced the fact that a female candidate did not want to move to a more senior position in the organization due to one of three reasons: they were just starting a family, they could not commit the time because of family commitments, or they simply did not want a “career”. I only once recall hearing one of those responses from a male.
Two of the three best leaders I reported to in my corporate career were women. They were both strong communicators, empathetic and fair. They were also, tough, focused and objective driven.
Whether it is in our DNA, part on our living environment and culture, it is still a reality. My view as a coach differs in that I look at everyone as an individual seeking their own path.
Every person makes a decision about their journey. My passion as a coach is supporting, guiding and advising those who have the desire to be the best they can be. Man or woman.]]>
by Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker Carmen Carrozza
Do you know how many businesses opened their doors in the U.S. in 2009? Over 552,000. That is a great amount of Americans who have taken the ultimate chance, putting the life of their family and a good portion of capital on the line.
Now for the bad news. More than 660,000 businesses closed their doors in that same year. Another statistical fact is that over 50% of businesses don’t make it to celebrate their 5th anniversary.What is the reason for this degree of failure?
Here are the main reasons in order:
1. Lack of Experience
2. Insufficient Capital
3. Poor location
4. Poor inventory management
5. Over-investment in fixed assets
6. Poor credit arrangements
7. Personal use of business funds
8. Unexpected growth
10. Low sales
Yes, there is a common thread that could lead to any of these. A bad business plan or a lack of one altogether. There are businesses that succeed without a solid business plan, but those are far and few between. Are you willing to put it all on the line and “Hope for the best?” That, my friends is crazy.
Whether new or existing, every business in this complex global, digital and economic environment needs to be on top of their game. Without forward critical thinking, any business is at risk.
Post any questions or comments you have about business plans and I will be glad to respond to all of them as we travel this road.]]>