Celebrating Women’s History Month With Wise Career Advice for All
At Bloom, a primarily woman-owned business, we understand the importance of empowering women. When we are encouraged and allowed to grow, the possibilities are endless.
So, in honor of Women’s History month, we’ve asked four hard-working, and wise women we get the pleasure of collaborating with to share their inspiring career advice.
“For me, success is measured in the small moments just as much as it is the big ones. And I’m much more successful when I always assume good intent. Life gets hard. Work gets hard. We get frustrated with our loved ones and our colleagues. But when we assume that everyone is doing the best they can, amidst their present circumstances, we are less likely to focus on what may be going wrong, and more likely to focus on helping each other through it. Assuming good intent strengthens relationships. And stronger relationships are the backbone of a healthier, more productive, more successful working environment.”
Director, Content and Communications
“In business, I have found that humility and confidence work hand in hand. We are taught to “not toot our own horns.” But women must be allowed to be accomplished and confident. Any impact you make in business, you have to own and be confident in, while maintaining that you don’t know everything and are still able to listen.”
Director Of Operations
NQ Industries Inc
“It’s important to be approachable, accessible, and open-minded to eliminate any fears or anxiety. And to understand that different people have different thinking preferences, which unlocks their unique way of generating ideas, collaborating on solutions, and achieving breakthrough results. Inevitably mistakes will happen, but when you create a culture of honest engagement, learning from those goals is better achieved. And never forget to give praise. There is no better feeling than feeling valued and appreciated!”
Director of Creative, Campaigns & Brand
“There are 5 qualities I’ve discovered that have contributed to my success, especially in a male-dominated industry: Diplomacy, Humility, Empathy, Assertiveness, and the Willingness to Learn. I wouldn’t say these are qualities everyone is born with either, in fact, I find myself pushing to exhibit more of each of these on any given day and many I had to learn from scratch.
How I’ve handled challenges, provided solutions, and problem-solved throughout my career has put me in rooms I never thought I would be in, making decisions my younger self only imagined I would be in the position to make. What’s important about that is the “how.” Being able to adapt or listen vs. talking or learning to take a backseat to a colleague when the time is right are all behaviors I had to learn and it took time. It took observation of others and mistakes I made on my own to build a career and be trusted with bigger responsibilities.
In terms of me being a woman doing these things, I don’t get hung up on gender. I grew up in a small Texas panhandle town with blue-collar parents that told me I could do whatever I put my mind to, but they also engrained 3 things that, to this day, guide me in how I handle business.
- Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
- Always leave something better than you found it.
- If you’re going to do something, then give it your all, or it’s not worth doing.
Being a woman is a strength, not a handicap. And I know that what I can contribute is worthy of those I supply it to. If there are people or organizations that aren’t interested in that, then I’m sure they won’t be around long enough to matter.”
Sr. Marketing Manager, Business Aviation
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