In the past when I’ve had a business or parenting related problem I’ve always tried to contact the person that has a life most like mine for a solution. But the last NAWBO meeting I changed really made me see just how we can help one another even if training is a little different.
During the meeting we problem solved. One person at our table was chosen to share a business related dilemma and then the rest of us helped her develop some solutions. Our backgrounds varied. I sat with women who were lawyers, dentists, jewelry designers, and inventors.
During one of the sessions the focus was on hiring good employees that would remain in the company longer than the ones that the business owner had been hiring. She wanted to know where she could find good help, how she could attract star employees, and how she could determine why these people were leaving.
I didn’t think that her topic would pertain to me, but after she had stated her problem and others piped in with suggestions, I realized that the solutions that were being discussed could actually be used in my business, even though I am a one-woman show. I was very pleasantly surprised to hear others offer solutions even though many of them also worked alone.
While this may not seem over powerful to you yet, think about the people that you see and meet on a daily basis, whether it be coworkers in the office, people to whom you sell your services or products, or the guy that checks you out at the grocery store. If you were to share some of your dilemmas with each of these people, each would offer a different solution based on his or her life. You may not have thought of the solutions they offer because you do not walk in their shoes each day, but I bet that many of them would be valuable and worth trying.
When I left the meeting, I realized what this meant in my own life and how I could use it for the better. I then applied the information I learned to both the website I run for working mothers and to my own business, and this past week my creativity has really flowed. Not only can this be used in the business sense, but with the problems you face with your family life as well, be it the issues with a newborn not sleeping or a toddler throwing a tantrum.
If you are currently stuck on something, be it business or family related, find someone who may have a different perspective and ask their advice. Chances are they will offer up a great solution that you will not have thought about, and this tidbit may just be what you need to move things forward.
Happy Saturday, Moms!