Are You Bold Enough?

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A life without living beyond traditional expectation isn’t really living; it is existing. In fact, others often avoid bold people because boldness challenges us. In the midst of boldness, complacency is not optional. Bold people force us to live in the sphere of greater expectation, to believe in the impossible. I welcome boldness in every aspect of my life, professionally …

Rare Air

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Last week I attended the Inc. 5000 conference in Arizona. Out of 5000 privately owned companies, and 14 female CEOs on the entire list, IGS placed in the top 20%. I finally said, “Good job, Towan!” The conference changed my perspective on life, wealth, and access. I could go on about the people I met, but for now, I’ll share …

Towan, Keep It 100: How Do You Overcome Rejection?

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Another busy day; another time for me to keep it real about the challenges of being a boss and a woman in business. Today’s question is one I’ve been asked several times throughout my career, and it’s a topic that is as relevant for me as CEO of a minority-owned business as it is for most people: “How do you …

Four C’s That Define a Leader

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What a stressful week, and its only Wednesday. Last week I had a liberating conversation with a twenty something year old about leadership. Like most people her age, she believes leadership is defined by our credentials, accomplishments, even our own delusions of grandeur. Bright as she is, she hasn’t quite mastered that real leadership is defined by your influence, not …

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

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My goal in life is to know myself fully. We should know ourselves more completely than anyone else does. Our emotional intelligence (EI), our ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions, is critical to monitoring emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. A well-balanced individual is adequate …

How Do You Become Valuable?

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Come to our office and you would experience 15-hour days interrupted by conversations on everything from breast implants and religion to pop culture and how to fry chicken. Not the most common work place today, but we’ve managed to win a substantial amount of business doing what we do very well – being smart, innovative, providing good customer service, and …

The Power of Two: Unstoppable – That’s What the Power of Two Makes You!

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The power of two applies not just romantically, but also professionally and personally. Frequently, when we think about successful people, we think of an individual. But more often than not, there are two: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Gianni and Donatella Versace, Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton…I can go on. A few days ago, I watched the …

How to Win and Win Again

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Yesterday I had a mentoring conversation with a team member. The conversation was prompted by a new contract. Interestingly enough, we worked with this client before. It started great, but ended not-so-great. I like to win, so of course I wasn’t happy, but I have the maturity to learn from my mistakes. So when the opportunity presented itself to work …

How to Build an Empire: The Innovator

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As an entrepreneur with a consulting firm, I am hired by companies for a variety of services, from program design to conference and meeting planning. Working as a transplant in these organizations enables me to be both a spectator and a participant in growing their business, reaching a new audience, or simply expanding their existing customer base. As you can …