In my days as an analyst in the merger and acquisition/competitive analysis industry, I would listen with utter shock as heads of major corporations would pour their “business hearts” out to my team. Product x was lagging in sales, and consumers hated it. They asked us for help. They were getting killed by a foreign competitor. Could we help them? We were the business therapists for corporate America. I always wondered if they spoke this way to everyone, or just a select few. Whatever the methodology, they seemed clear on one thing: Our clients had the wisdom to realize they must confront reality, to change reality.
Confront reality, to change reality.
A lot of entrepreneurs “spin it.” You have to, for funders, clients, etc. “How is everything?” “Oh, greeeaaat! Greeaaaat!” But, when DO we share the truth? So, when I detailed the crisis which almost de-railed #sisUdc – Sisterhood University – last weekend, my husband:
- #1. Couldn’t believe I survived without having a nervous breakdown and
- #2. Discouraged me from writing about it.
Now mind you, everything turned out great (see news coverage), but it was quite the juggling act getting there.
Me, on walk this a.m. with hubby: “I wrote a post describing the fire-fighting I did behind the scenes before #sisUdc.”
Husband: “Uuuuuhhhh, I wouldn’t write about that. I think you can use other examples of crisis. So many people think you do great work. Why jeopardize that?”
Me: “Because I go through the tough times like everyone, and have to balance a ton of stuff just like the women in the audience. It seems silly to pretend I don’t or that everything is perfect.”
Husband: “Veeeeerrryyy interesting.”
So, I am still not sure I should “out” the series of crises that almost prevented #sisUdc from happening. Do I share what REALLY went on behind the scenes? Please vote below.
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