Margery Miller-What Gets in the Way of Women Being Successful in Business?   This might sound counter-intuitive, but WE are usually the ones that get in the way!  There are several ways this happens: We get so enamored with our ideas that we lose our perspective and don’t do enough research to fully understand the market, whether what we have to offer is truly viable, which can eventually bring the idea to fruition. When we hear “no”, or feel that we’re being rejected, we can get defensive and hold fast to our position without opening up to why it is happening and being willing to learn more about how we could do things differently. We sometimes bring friends into our business plan without due diligence, only to later find out that they aren’t as committed as we are, or they do not truly agree with our vision and/or direction. Those relationships become strained and can cause a derailment of the whole concept. We can fall into creating a “mothering” relationship with valuable employees and don’t set clear boundaries. This quickly backfires and requires a re-visit to what really works and doesn’t work in the business. If we had set up systems and clear expectations from the beginning, we would have moved forward more quickly. We don’t ask for help soon enough. We avoid conflict and allow uncomfortable situations to fester until they have to be dealt with. When we address issues and create a plan of action, we usually get caught up in the “dailies” to such a degree that we don’t conscientiously do the follow-up and the plan sits dormant. This [...]

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