As you grew your company, what, if anything, has held you back?
It comes down to two emotions, fear or love. Fear of the unknown—will it work, will they like it, is it good enough, am I good enough? Like the artist who is afraid to show their work to the world, I know as a human I have underlying fears that can stop me or keep me stuck. If I am in fear I have to ask myself the questions to get into love, do I love this idea, will others, am I in love with my work today to make this decision now, and if not, find something that I love to do that will generate those feelings? I have a “quasi BOD” that I call on to share ideas or to release anxiety with. We have a very simple formula called the Theory of Seven to move past it, Whatever is going on we ask each other how will this affect us positively or negatively in seven days, seven weeks, seven months or seven years from now. If I can get to any answers in this process it helps to move my pile of rocks forward.
What is the number-one quality you look for when hiring employees, and how do you evaluate if they possess that trait?
Do they believe in my vision, and can they take it and make it their own? You know you have someone special when they are willing to follow you with only a big vision and little resources, but it starts with a vision!
What’s the best thing an employee/colleague ever said about you?
“You are the best boss ever.” Of course, I didn’t believe that at the time and many could argue that as well, but I try to be real with others and accept my strengths and weaknesses. Someone else said to me, “You never seem to hold a grudge—you speak it, release it and carry on from there like it doesn’t bother you.” Of course it does, but if you don’t try to resolve these feelings it leaves the big elephant of emotional residue in the room that you will only have to deal with at another time, guaranteed!
If you were training another woman to take over your job, what’s the most important advice you would offer her?
Stay in touch with WHY you are doing this. I have wanted to give in and give up many times, but look for the small miracles that keep answering the WHY and keep going, and of course ask for help!
If you were to look at scrapbook of your professional career, what would be your favorite page? Which page would you like to remove?
One of my favorite times thus far was when I was producing NAHA (North American Hairdressing Awards), that event was such a gift to me to give to others and share the passion with others in our industry. My mission with NAHA was to get more attention on the artists behind the work rather than the work itself, because that is where the real stories exist, with the passionate people and their ability to challenge themselves and inspire others. That same passion has led me to my affiliation with Beauty Changes Lives, and co-creating Naked Audience Productions and how our presence and abilities changes people’s lives, including our own. I would not remove any pages, my struggles and successes have added to all that I am today.
If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be an appropriate title?