Today’s topic is about being a female in a male dominated business and what it takes to be successful as a manager. The battle of the sexes is as old as the hills. Being a female manager just adds icing to the cake ūüôā

I’m going to start this off by being rather blunt. To make it in the business world, you’ve got to¬†have bigger balls than they do. Don’t ever let them see you sweat, don’t back down, don’t get riled up, don’t take no for an answer and most of all don’t take crap from anyone. If you’re weak, you might as well be¬†an injured rabbit in a lion’s den…you’re going down fast. Bring out your Type A personality and rock with it!

You’ve got to learn how to ninja their brains. Take lots of deep breaths. Enroll in an intense kickboxing class after work to get the stress out.¬†¬†Also learn that there is¬†a very fine¬†art to killing them with kindness. You need to realize that not everyone in the world will want to see you succeed. There are barnacles out there who will enjoy watching you fail. Do not give them the satisfaction. When you’re on top of the ladder look down to them and wave. Throw them a few crumbs. Keep smiling!

Have a confrontation? Take time to think through a situation before acting on it. There may be more to the story that you are seeing. Your co-workers are more than just minions. They can also be considered your extended family. Most of us spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our blood relatives. Take off your managerial hat and take time to get to know the people you are working with. Knowing their strengths, hot buttons, weaknesses and stresses from outside of work may help considerably.

I’ve been in management since I was 21 and when I first started out it was very hard. I was a green pea coming in and telling people twice my age how to do it, when to do it and excusing them when they couldn’t do it. Now with 7 years of experience under my belt, I believe¬†the difference in my style¬†is that I’m never going be the typical corporate turd. I put my heart into my work. I have never once had to¬†act inappropriately¬†to get what I want out of anything and I will not. I will earn my success by proving my worth. I’m the manager¬†who goes¬†around motioning for my sales team to smile, giving them a thumbs up, pats on the back, pep talks. If your team doesn’t come out of a meeting pumped and ready to tackle the day, then you need to go back¬†in and try it again. Manager= motivator. Small words of encouragement go a LONG way and having a good attitude in front of¬†a potential customer¬†is a must. You must view every person as a potential customer! Every meeting is an opportunity. First impressions are the most important and last a lifetime.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”-Marianne Williamson


Have a great weekend everyone!