What would Mom Say?

We’re curious questioners. We like to help our clients solve tricky problems, and figure out new and interesting approaches. But this week, we’re turning our attention to Mothers. Although we have experienced advice such as, “If you break your legs, don’t come running to me”, here are three of our favourite quotes from our Moms that you might find useful in your work:

1. Nobody said that life was fair. It’s easy, when faced with a challenge, to simply decide “it’s not fair!” What is more difficult is to do something about it. So when your entrepreneurial idea meets with a lukewarm response, instead of telling yourself that life isn’t fair, or that your customer just doesn’t “get it”, figure out what they do need, and pivot!

2. Perfect housekeepers lead dull lives. Do you want your new concept or prototype to be absolutely perfect before showing it to the world? Be careful you don’t spend so much time refining and polishing your idea that time and opportunity pass you by. By all means, make sure the most glaring rough edges are made smooth – but then show it around and enlist others to help you develop it.

3. One cuts, the other chooses. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Whether that entails having a deep-listening session with an individual, reading and researching what makes them tick, or creating an Empathy Map, thinking about consequences for yourself and others will help you make better, less ego-centric decisions.

If you’re a Mom, a Mum, a Mother, or a Mompreneur, we salute you.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Megann and Steve

 

Abandon Hope!

We know! That seems to run counter to the holiday spirit. But it sums up some thoughts we had when we were doing our morning reading. It started with an item in the Globe and Mail on leader and feminist, Mary Eady. On the same day, Jean Brittingham’s response to criticism of her blog on why women should do startups showed up.

Brittingham has a new book, The SmartGirls Way. There’s also a SmartGirls Way website. But it was the last paragraph of her blog post that got us thinking. It said, “Women’s entrepreneurship isn’t a gender issue as much as it is a social and economic issue. If we women do our part, we can and should expect the same opportunities as our male counterparts to realize our dreams.”

The key for us two-fold: the “do our part” part, and the “can and should expect” part. Mostly, it’s about expectations. One obstacle we often observe our women colleagues in the entrepreneurial world experiencing is the confusion of “expectation” with “hope”. Expectation is insisting, demanding, or claiming that which we’ve earned by doing the work. Hope is just that – dreaming, wishing, or desiring – without necessarily either doing the work, or stepping up and asking for what we have rightfully earned.

So today, if you’re one of the many strong women we’ve worked with, we’d like to ask you to cast a critical eye on whether you have done your best, and if you have, please, step up and speak out for what you’re worth. Abandon hope, and focus on expectation.

Heads held high,

Megann & Steve