In this issue of “Get to Know Your Directors” we are spotlighting LW Board Member, Juliet Hall, President of Juliet Hall Inc.
Leadership Women: How did you decide to start your own business? Did someone or something inspire you?
Juliet Hall: I knew before I began my career in corporate America that I was not going to retire there. I had never envisioned myself starting a business. I just knew I was meant to write and be on a “stage” doing some form of inspirational speaking and storytelling. I became motivated to leave corporate America the moment I felt controlled and unable to spread my wings any further—this produced an anxiety in me. I had outgrown the culture of a corporate system and needed space to achieve something more in my life. Looking back, my 20 years in corporate America was preparation for the work I am doing now as an advisor, leadership consultant and speaker.
Leadership Women: What was your mission at the outset?
Juliet: My mission is to be an international influencer and compelling voice on the topics of self-discovery, servant leadership, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. I inspire people to own their opportunities.
Leadership Women: What obstacles, if any, have you had to overcome as an entrepreneur?
Juliet: Managing my time effectively was a challenge I had to overcome early as an entrepreneur. I had to practice saying “no” more to people and opportunities that don’t align with my vision and mission. I’ve learned that the more available I am to others, the less time I have to execute my own plan. Time is not replaceable.
Leadership Women: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own company?
Juliet: First, believe that there is a business inside of you. Secondly, if you’re still working for someone else, learn everything you can from that company—i.e., how to lead people, how to operate a budget, how to build a successful business model, how to navigate conflict and build constructive relationships, how to deliver great customer service, etc. Working for someone else is your training for starting your own business. Finally, build your business around your gifts. In other words, your business should be something in which you specialize. Your specialty creates a niche for you in the marketplace because there is a unique value you can provide that no one else can—at least not quite like you.