Do you have a "Story from the Trenches" to share?
The thing I would share with any woman business owner is to never lose sight of your “WHY”. There’s a reason that you took the leap into business ownership, it’s something that sets you apart. When business gets stressful, we lose that big client or sale, we tend to question our decision to own our own business...
Tell us about your business journey/experience. Why did you decide to own your own business?
I spent many years in Corporate America and was given great opportunities at an early age to work at a strategic level in a Fortune 10 size company. That experience was invaluable and allowed me to gain the skills that I use today. But as I climbed the corporate ladder, the higher I got, the less fulfilled I felt. I felt like my full potential was being lost on corporate politics and hierarchy. I knew I had to make a change for myself and my family.
So, I made the decision to “jump off the cliff” and create my own business, Keystone Group International. I knew that my legacy was not going to be in Corporate America, it was going to be that I spent my time being a Strategic Partner to small/mid-size businesses to help them with strategic growth plans that would ultimately change the trajectory of their business. I had big business experience that small and mid-size businesses could leverage, and I could have the significance and fulfillment I had been looking for.
Please share specifics about your business.
Keystone Group International is a strategic consulting firm focused on partnering with small businesses to create a path forward towards their strategic goals by helping you to look at your business in a different way. Whether a company with $500k or $50M in revenue, we can help define or refine the plan that will get you where you want to be in 1, 3, 5 or 10+ years.
We are a PARTNER alongside our client in their journey. As part of our suite of services, we offer Business Coaching, Strategy Development, and Strategic Roadmap creation. Our philosophy is that without a goal, your plan means nothing and without a plan, your ability to achieve your goals is limited. We can assist to ensure you have both, and we do it on client's terms, with a variety of engagement models that fit their needs. You don’t need to know how to take the first step, that’s where we come in, and then we define a plan that helps small businesses take the next 100 steps successfully towards your goals.
Do you have a “story from the trenches” to share that could help another woman business owner on her journey?
The thing I would share with any woman business owner is to never lose sight of your “WHY”. There’s a reason that you took the leap into business ownership, it’s something that sets you apart. When business gets stressful, we lose that big client or sale, we tend to question our decision to own our own business. But what we have to realize is those events are small blips on our entire journey and each time they happen if we make the decision to turn back to our “WHY” instead of focusing on the “WHAT” happened, we will be able to move on quicker, rebound and get back to what we do best. We owe that to ourselves, our families, and our employees.
Family? Hobbies? Any work-life balance tips?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, traveling and truly “experiencing” life. I am constantly working on trying to live in the moment instead of always planning for tomorrow. Making the decision to own my own business has had the greatest impact on my life. I now have the freedom to make better work-life CHOICES because I own my own destiny. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”…I am striving for that every day.