The one thing women often forget to do.By Olivia Ruello | Sep 23, 16 08:52 AM
Business Chicks CEO Olivia Ruello has a reminder …
Last week I spent a few days in Noosa soaking up the sun and a tonne of inspiration with 180 women at CommBank’s Women in Focus conference.
I have a notebook full of takeaways – but something that really stood out, and that’s been on my mind ever since, were words from Sue Morphet, a former CEO of Pacific Brands.
Sue was on a panel discussing everyday leadership, and her final words as she eyeballed the crowd were, “Have confidence in your abilities. You’re so good. You’re so good.”
A pause and repetition like that gets me every time, but Sue had the whole room in silence, each of us reflecting on what that meant for ourselves. Her words really resonated; we so often undervalue ourselves – confidence is a muscle we need to practise flexing.
Over the past few weeks I've been involved in some of the judging of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards – again, a reminder of how good the female business talent in this country truly is.
Very few of the women nominated, though, did so themselves. We’re great at recognising greatness in others, but often forget to look in the mirror. I would love to see more women self-nominate and follow through with their applications next year – in fact, here is the link – go do it right now …
The universe must be conspiring to make sure this message gets out loud and clear: at our events with Kirstine Stewart last week she closed her talks, like Sue, reminding us of our greatness. Her advice? “Learn to get over yourself. Get out of your own way.”
Olivia Ruello is the CEO of Business Chicks. Connect with her here.