“Personal experiences affect the facts that we choose to see.”
— Judge Sonia Sotomayor
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
— President Ronald Reagan
An entrepreneur’s life is full of teachable moments and interesting experiences; both of which help us grow our Theory of Mind (Me) and networking style, and our own ecosystem (We); one day at a time. Today was such a day……I attended a great “Wisdom Circle” meet & greet, brainstorming, women in business, well organized event in Princeton NJ. I was so impressed that I became a member on the spot! It was facilitated by eWomenNetwork’s glorious dynamo Gloria Cirulli who made an important observation about women in business and their behavior overall re: collaboration:
“There’s a big difference between network-building and networking. One leads to relationships and the other one leads to many introductions and much business card overload.”
Can you guess which gender better exercises their collaboration “muscles” to network-build and foster relationships, online and offline? Can you guess which demographic is leading the way in the service based Entrepreneurial Revolution, creating relationships with like minded people and aiding in the formation of an ecosystem with a common outlook and purpose?
I’m not trying to reignite the gender equality debate, or garner attention from the many wonderful, insightful, vocal women of The Feminist Movement. I’m trying to point out that more women in business (and entrepreneurship in particular) is good business…. and means good outcomes for ALL!
So I find myself asking this question today, which is the title of this post:
Can Women Entrepreneurship Enhance Our Collective Societal Transition from “Me” to “We”?
The world is radically changing on an almost monthly basis. That means that we women need to keep up, and even help shape the future; especially the future of education and entrepreneurship. Every woman in entrepreneurship needs to be a futurist, and work on honing versatility, creativity, and education of self, to remain relevant and marketable (Me). Every woman entrepreneur also needs to be tech-savvy and better at problem solving, to propel The Enablement Economy, embed social entrepreneurship into all entrepreneurial business plans and social corporate responsibility dogma, and provide unique thought leadership and virtual mentorship as only she can (We).
It’s a good time to be a woman entrepreneur, especially a product based (retail) one. Click here to find 7 reasons why it will change your own daily routine i.e. work/life balance, and benefit you. It’s also a good time for a woman entrepreneur, especially a service based (consulting) one, to have a visible digital footprint which benefits all of us.So be confident about your choices, actions, lessons, and insights! Stop saying “sorry”, and take time to apply the “Lone Ranger” Principle to growing and nurturing your ecosystem, not just your network!!
The societal transition of “Me” to “We” is something I’ve lived and lectured about for a long time. It’s been uppermost on my mind as both an Autism Specialist/speech-language pathologist specializing in social communication strategies, and a social entrepreneur. One who’s looking to launch The NICE Initiative and help more women in entrepreneurship better balance humanity and technology. It’s something that I wrote of in my book, The NICE Reboot, which was recently reviewed here. A special thanks to my mentor turned friend and fellow woman entrepreneurship blogger extraordinaire Diane Bertolin 🙂
Women in entrepreneurship CAN work together to implement calls to action (CTA) re: social activism/civic engagement, educational reform, women leadership and empowerment, and digital citizenship. We CAN display and influence “groupthink” and movements in a positive, practical, and long term manner. It begins with active network building and collaboration, and examining our perception of busy vs. productivity. It continues with increasing our commitment to doing specific homework to redefine and refine our own mindsets and skill sets.
I always loved this awesome quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
I’m in…. how about you?
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I’m looking forward to building bridges with you this summer!