Community, connection and the power of asking for help
Happy Friday Beautiful!
The end of another week, (where are they going?) It feels like yesterday that we were just here doesn't it?
When I started The Female CEO and made the intention for it to be a global platform the one big thing I wanted to create was feeling of community. A place we could come together to share the highs and lows, ask for help and receive in return and hang out with other like-minded people working through, day to day. It doesn't matter what stage you're at, from pre-start-up to Chief Executive we're all learning along the way and none of us will get anywhere without some level of support and a whole lot of love along the way.
When I asked recently what you wanted from the Female CEO the overwhelming response was community and support and I get it. Its why we're here! Working as an entrepreneur (or just working in general, especially in management positions) can be very lonely. As women, we are wired for connection and are natural nurturers. We want to help and to be helped along the way yet we don't always make time for the things that will bring us what we so desperately crave. Families, friends, work, pets and general life events take priority over what we need and want and so we carry on until we're so tired we can barely make it through the morning without several cups of strong coffee, the entire time just wanting to crawl back into bed. Is that when we're supposed to do our 'work'? It stands to reason we're not going to get very far if that the best we feel when we need to be creative.
If you're here then you'll probably be aware we have a community group over on Facebook. If you're anything like me you've probably joined loads of Facebook groups over the years and you'll likely skip the notifications that pop up on your phone, computer etc. So many pings, pongs, swishes and donks all day long! Wah! However, I would encourage you to revisit the community, get involved, put up a post or two and don't be afraid to ask questions. There are so many wonderful people there, from all walks of life, at all stages of their own journeys and the main thing we all have in common? We are there to connect! Drop by, tell us who you are and what you do, tell us about the things that are working for you. Great piece of software? Fab tool for social media? Brilliant website template? Tell the community about it. You never know who you're inspiring along the way and of course, if we all do it then you'll learn so much too! Asking for help is often perceived as a failure but let me tell you without help we're all done for. Our community is a closed group, a safe space. Whatever you post cant be shared or seen outside of the group and remember we're all in the same boat!
Over the coming weeks we're stepping it up in the community, you're going to be 'meeting' our Editors and Contributors in short intro videos so you can see who you're working with and what we each bring to the table. Perhaps you want to put in a video too? It would be amazing to see you! Are you up for the challenge? Just a minute or two to tell us about yourself and what you do and what you want from being part of our community? Go on... you can do it! I'm offering a gift to the first one up... who's it going to be?
This past six weeks I have tried and failed to rectify an issue with our CEO magazine. I have tried... and tried... and tried. I have spoken to tech support so often we're on familiar terms and still the issue persisted. They couldn't work it out either. Eventually, I threw my hands in the air declared surrender and re-did the entire thing from scratch, which is why its approximately four weeks late in coming out to you. I don't have all the answers, none of us does and sometimes the best we can do is take a deep breath and go back to square one. For weeks I saw this as a failure. 'I should be able to fix this, if I start again I'm giving up' but you know what happened when I went back to the start? I was able to look at the publication with fresh eyes. I saw features I hadn't noticed before, discovered short cuts to the way I was working previously and came up with so many new creative ideas. The publication coming to you today (at the bottom of this email) is one of the best to date and every single page was put together with a new sense of achievement and love and I'm really proud of it. So don't be afraid to take a step back, it can feel counterproductive (trust me!) but sometimes, if you allow it, it really is the best thing that could happen.
Finally, you have to check out Dr Sabrina Jackson's Spotlight Q&A. Talk about a one-woman force of nature! The TV personality, radio host, designer, mentor and author had me in absolute awe. I love her and I know you will too. If you're looking for a healthy dose of inspiration this weekend. Look no further.
That's all from me CEO's have a great week and don't forget to drop by and introduce yourself. I'd love to know more about you. Until next week,