TBF Mentors March 2013

GREAT ADVICE

 

TBF MENTORS | March 2013


Missed our mentoring event? Read some great advice that resulted from conversations between business leaders and women entrepreneurs.

 

ON FAILING WELL

“There is no great business that has not found failure at some intersection along the way, but they pivot and go on to success. So fail well. When you go down a path and discover it is not working, learn from that failure, fail well and fail passionately. And while you’re failing, just remember it’s a short track and the dirt you kick up will get in your eyes on the next lap.” — Jay Hass, Partner, RRE Ventures

 

ON BUILDING A TEAM

“Get the right team to support you. You’re not good at everything and you don’t want to micromanage. You want to be that visionary—so who is going to round you out so your business is successful?” — Sarah Gallagher, President, Ralph Lauren North America E-Commerce

 

ON FORGETTING THE FINANCES

“Don’t let the finances get in the way." — Bill Ford, CEO, General Atlantic

 

ON EMBRACING THE JOURNEY

“There is no such thing as instant CEOs or instant entrepreneurs. It’s a journey.”
— Clarice Kennedy, Senior Director, Resources Global Professionals

 

ON FORGING RELATIONSHIPS

“Nothing is more important than your relationships. It’s so critical. Every meeting that you go to, try to turn that meeting into two more meetings.”
— Maneesh K. Goyal, CEO, MKG Events

 

 

ON ASKING QUESTIONS

“Never be intimidated by your surroundings. If you ask the best questions and the most questions you will learn the most and succeed.” — Nicole M. Primack, Director, Private Banking USA, Credit Suisse

 

ON CONTROLLING YOUR BUSINESS

“As your company starts to take off like wild horses, make sure you hold onto the reins. No matter how wild it gets keep it under control and don’t let it control you.” — Frank Viteritti, President & CEO, Import Commodity Group

 

ON HELPING YOURSELF

“When you first start out, you have to ask for so much help. Instead of thinking about what you can get from them, think about how you can help them first. That has served me very well.” — Kajal Sanghrajka, Founder, EBK Eyewear & Co-Founder & Co-President, Columbia Business Lab

 

ON CHALLENGING YOURSELF

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you feel too good too settled you’re probably not pushing yourself or your business enough."
— Kathleen Warner, COO Startup America Partnership

 

ON PITCHING

“Financial pitching isn’t a zero sum game. Even if you don’t get funding you might make key connections to other people who can invest. And you might also get feedback that will get you closer to a business model that will meet your market needs.” — Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

 

ON DOING RESEARCH

“Do your market research. Just by a couple of phone calls you may have your next business idea.” — Jennifer Pate Gilbert, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Save the Date