Business goal for the next 12 months: My goals are similar now to what they were when I started this business: Develop Others, Make a Difference and Make a Living. I’m looking forward to being a part of facilitating the transition to the next generation taking on leadership positions. This will be the largest transfer of wealth and responsibility our country has ever seen with approximately 70 million baby boomers retiring. It’s a transition of traditionalists and I’m excited to facilitate the successful transition.
Advice you wish you had received when you started your business: I wish I’d had more knowledge of the finance side of running a business, such as managing cash flow, capital investments, and surviving economic downturns. After 18 years, I’ve been able to get through these things, but I really didn’t know much going in.
Best business decision: Hiring quality people. The success of this business is based on the quality of our team. I really trust my teammates and I trust the work we’re doing. The best decision I made outside of work was marrying my husband Brian. He’s my best supporter, which is crucial for starting your own business and keeping it going for 18 years.
Toughest business decision: During the recession and recovery in 2008, 2009, and 2010 we had to cut back on contractor hours and that was tough. All decisions made during those years were scary and tough. The benefit of that was that we could advise our clients because they were struggling with the same tough decisions.
Person most admired: My mother — she’s the most powerful woman I know. She raised 6 kids, got her master’s degree, and marched for equal rights. She was ahead of her time in being inclusive and accepting of others. I’m proud of her for that. She stood up for what she thought was right and she’s driven change. My circumstances are better because of my mother and I want to cause that for my daughters too.
Like most about job: I like seeing people make a leap forward in their performance and mindset.
Like least about job: Some of the administrative tasks of billing, collections, going through email.
Dream job: I would be a prolific writer, publishing both non-fiction and fiction books.
BEHIND THE SUIT
Favorite book: Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. I love the insights and messages. I agree with the theme that there are no coincidences in life. Everyone has a message for you if you stop to receive it.
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music, because I first saw it with my mother and I’ve watched it with my children. It’s a good family film.
Outside of work: I’m active in my church as a Reader, and I also manage the acolyte program. I’m a runner, practice yoga, and do a modified cross-fit regimen. I am an avid gardener – both flowers and vegetables. I love to cook when I’m not traveling for work. Because people know I do leadership training I’m asked often to help people so I’m an advisor to many.
Family: My parents live close by as do my two sisters and one brother. Two other siblings live out of state. I have a husband (also a native Nebraskan) and three daughters. My maiden name was Lee, and in my immediate family I’m known as “The General.”