Tips From Successful Businesswomen And Entrepreneurs

They’ve set up unique and exciting businesses, battled with the cut-throat world of budding entrepreneurs, and created both locally and globally successful brands. Hear from eight inspirational women, on how they’ve navigated the business world to reach the top of their game…

w&h columnist Karren Brady, on the sheer hard slog…“Working hard is crucial, even if it means staying until 2am to get the job done”

Debbie Edwards, vice president of GAP Europe, on making your own success…“Always look for opportunities to learn and grow. Show initiative by finding ways you can create value and just do it.”

Sophie Cornish, co-founder of Not On The High Street, on knowing when to ask for help “Find people with the skills you don’t have. We found a great technical director who could code a web page. When we needed to create a five-year financial plan, Holly’s (NOTHS co-founder) father helped us.”

Caryl Richards, CEO of Slimming World, on the importance of picking the right team, “As CEO, one of the main challenges is getting the right people. Maintaining the company’s culture as we take it forward is crucial. Change can only happen when people feel safe and strong, valued and included. So leading our teams in this way is essential.”

Samia al Qadhi, CEO for Breast Cancer Care, on knowing when to just listen… “My most important skill is listening rather than talking because that is where I learn.

Jo Malone, founder of Jo Loves, on the power of perseverance…”(after leaving Jo Malone), I’m really proud that I’ve come back a second time. Very few people would take on that challenge and I definitely wanted to quit many times. A couple of years ago I could feel failure round every corner; I just couldn’t get it to work. But Gary (Jo’s husband) just kept on saying to me, “One more week”. He knew that in difficult times, the landscape changes.”

Meg Lustman, CEO of Hobbs, on knowing what you want…“Be open, both to opportunity as well as to your boss. I’m a firm believer of this. If she or he doesn’t know the truth of your situation, they can’t help.”

Arianna Huffington, former Editor-in-chief of Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive,

on listening to your inner voice…“I pay attention to that hunch; that inkling, or ‘inner voice’ that tells me to do something, or not. Even if I’m not at a major crossroads moment, my intuition is always there, always reading the situation, always trying to steer me the right way. I try and feed and nurture my intuition, and live a life in which I can make use of its wisdom.”