12 golden nuggets from successful women in business
The other night I was lucky enough to go to a RIBA event entitled Power in London - Female Power in Architecture. The evening was opened by Angela Brady president of RIBA and an everywoman Modern Muse and it kicked off with a tribute to inspiring role model Norma Merrick Sklarek, an African American who accomplished many firsts for black women in architecture including being the first Black woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States. Her story demonstrated a great example of where perseverance can get you, she started out in the 50’s and after graduating, applied for jobs but was turned down 19 times – she wasn’t sure if it was because she was black or a women. But, she kept going and finally found a position with the city's engineering department and then went on to do great things including Terminal One at the Los Angeles International Airport and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
The speakers and panellists followed and included: Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects, Deborah Saunt, DSDHA, Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, Olympic Park Legacy Company, Liza Fior, MUF Architecture, Anna Gagliano, Aedas and not being from the world of architecture I’m embarrassed to say I had never heard of them. But, I now know they are amazingly talented and have secured, inspired and driven projects that influence the way people live, work and socialise - from the charming burnt wooden building in One More Place, inspired by the fact that the site was once a bomb site, to massive housing developments and skyscrapers.
These were very inspiring women and as well as telling us about their amazing work they also shared their words of wisdom and secrets to success. There are some great nuggets so I thought I’d share them with you:
- Always be yourself never be something that someone asks you to be.
- You can generate this thing called reputation and people take you seriously.
- Don’t think of your career as a crescendo.
- It’s not an easy path you have to persevere.
- Success isn’t only about the big results it comes in many forms.
- Managing your time is important – (see my blog Women in business: the 7 ingredients of success).
- One of the most difficult things is to ask for a pay rise but if you don’t ask you don’t get.
- Obedience leads both to success and failure.
- Outperform and never give up.
- It’s all about authenticity and resonance.
- Have one goal.
- We are at the point of extraordinary opportunity (thanks to evolution of technology) if we grab it.
If you found this useful, you might want to take a look at our last blog post - the 7 ingredients to success.