The Mouse that Roared!

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originally posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 

I was attending my first managers’ meeting in my new management role.  Sitting at the same round table were several other managers/peers.

One of them addressed me and stated she didn’t see how I would make it in this business as I was ‘quiet as a mouse’.

My former boss/manager was sitting at the same table.  Upon hearing her statement, he burst out laughing and replied “the mouse that roared”!

I remember some of the thoughts that went through my mind at the time; how silly; why bother to attempt to intimidate the new hire; is this junior high; hmmm, how interesting.

In the years that followed, my team consistently achieved metrics that placed us in the top 20% of about 900 offices nationally. On one metric, we placed #l over 3 consecutive years.

As a leader, was I just a lucky mouse?

I didn’t know how to be anyone other  than myself.  This wasn’t my first management role.  I trusted myself, not that I wasn’t anxious, sometimes, but I knew that authenticity mattered before the word authenticity became a buzz word.  I knew where I was strong and where I was challenged.  I sought assistance for my areas of challenge.

From a coaching perspective, I use tools to uncover and emphasize my clients’ strengths.  I encourage action taking from a position of strength.

Being who you are will serve you and those around you best.

Be who you are.

What’s your ROAR?

I recently attended Tory Johnson’s ‘Spark and Hustle’ program in Boston.

She does a fantastic job of finding small business owners who are successful.

Generously, they shared their stories, thoughts, and advice.

Each individual made a point to state they were following their dreams, their passions, being themselves.

Here are some of their companies:

birchbox.com

surepayroll.com

viennemilano.com

fenugreen.com

cindywmorrison.com

suebdo.com

sweetcupcakes.com

hailmerry.com

cakes4occasions.com

They are not afraid to ROAR from their strengths and sense of confidence.

Also, they are not afraid of their ROAR!

Embrace your ROAR!

Inner Progress!

Cheers!

Kate

P.S.  Thanks J.W.!

 

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