We started our 2016 learning event calendar with our annual joint networking event with West Lothian Chamber in early February 2016, with an inspiring example of leadership in action, Jennifer Newton.
Founder and Managing director of Express Microbiology, Jennifer won the 2015 “Shona Sibbald Women in Business Award” from West Lothian Chamber of Commerce. Express Microbiology test water and food to ensure quality and safety, now offering the widest range of microbiological tests in the UK.
Jennifer started her company over 12 years ago, growing to 45 staff and over £2 Million in turnover, so we were keen to hear how her leadership had evolved to reach success at this level and she did not disappoint with her “Top 10 Business Life Lessons”.
From Imposter Syndrome to 95% Perfection!
Walking us through her top 10 in chronological order, she made a really interesting point that the degree of impact of a lesson can be just as powerful when you’ve been in business for 10 yrs as it is when you are just starting out. The early ones aren’t the ones that necessarily help you succeed more than the most recent.
Here are two of her top 10:-
The IMPOSTER SYNDROME – people are just ‘faking it’ all over the place!!
Starting out in particular, we look at people around us and often think ‘they’re doing really great’, or ‘they really know what they are doing’, but a lot of the time they are simply just ‘faking it’. A lot of what we do we ultimately gain confidence in by just trying it out and learning as we go.
Remembering this can give us confidence to just try, results will follow, but more importantly to realise a lot of us are just doing the same!!
Setup your Goals to achieve 95% Perfection
This is a really interesting one, in the business atmosphere where setting goals and planning for targets is positioned as the primary focus for business success, this feels like one to truly consider. What Jennifer points out is that when you get to reaching that goal…
“If you think you’ve got it perfect, then there is nothing to change.”
Within change is a vast array of possibilities, from innovation to breaking boundaries of what we ‘think’ we can or cannot achieve.
As attendees at our events discover quite quickly, we at West Lothian Women in Business like to get you to do some work on yourself, and this event was no different, as we invited the audience to ponder over coffee, the question …
“What gets in the way of developing your leadership skills?”
Jennifer’s top 10 most definitely gave us answers to look hard at ourselves and try some of them out in our own businesses and careers.