Any lessons learned that you would like to share?
This year, my focus is realizing that when I need help, I shouldn't just call a meeting and wait for decisions. Instead, I've learned to initiate progress toward a goal, demonstrate my progress, and encourage others to contribute further.
This approach contrasts with my tendency to spend excessive time in client meetings. Going by the DISC model, I am an Influencing/Inspiring type, which means I thrive with people. In contrast, I am not great with details. I've recognized the importance of partnering with a detail-oriented person, despite my thorough training in this industry and running a business centered on accounting services.
Our media company’s motto is: “Where aha! meets oh shit.”
Tell us about your biggest aha! moment.
I once brought in a DISC consultant. The consultant assessed the profile of everyone at the event, including me, and projected my DISC profile on the screen for everyone to see. The funny part? Without any knowledge of my industry, he took a look and said: “This person would never be the CFO of your company.”
I was the lone woman in an all-male business group. Every guy in the room turned their attention to me, waiting to see how I'd react.
The thing is, I was relieved. My DISC profile highlighted that my natural tendencies don't naturally gravitate toward diving into forecasts or spreadsheets headfirst. It doesn't mean I'm incapable–I’ve trained for years to be good at what I do. But what a weight off my shoulders! I had been carrying this unnecessary burden of never feeling adequate enough because I hadn't incorporated that particular skill set.
It wasn't about being right or wrong, good or bad. It simply offered an extra layer of insight. And the best part? I trusted it. Even though the guy's intention wasn't negative – he was merely teaching us about the different categories and their statistical inclinations – it was incredibly liberating. I stopped trying to be everything and do everything as a leader and started leaning on the strengths of my team to get things done.