With Mother’s Day this weekend, this is a great time to take a moment to honor all of the hard-working women in our lives — our friends, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, stepmothers, ourselves, and of course, our moms.
This Sunday, thank a woman in your life other than your mom for the contribution she has made in who you are today. And if you are blessed to still have your mother around, as I am, make her day special indeed.
I’m so grateful for my mom, Emily Link, as well as my stepmom, Christa Powell, who both instilled in me the values and beliefs that made me a better person.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of coaching countless moms who work tirelessly to grow profitable businesses while they take care of their families. Women who are hardworking and driven, while also serving as outstanding role models for their children – as my mother and stepmother both did – deserve more credit than they are often given.
I believe that the lessons we learned from our mothers can be applied to the world of business in valuable and important ways. So today, I’m going to share with you 5 of the values we learned from our mothers that are important to maintain in business.
Mothers are the glue that hold our communities together. In giving back to the communities that have given so much to them and their children, moms teach us the importance of serving from a young age.
Many of us started our own experiences volunteering toddling after our mothers as they served at churches, schools, and other community organizations. Participating in service at a young age instills a sense of service that never goes away.
Before we move on, I want to take a moment to tell you about a very special service project.
Yesterday, The Women Of Community Impact held our annual Mother’s Day dinner service project at Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. 16 special mothers and their 26 beautiful children had their days brightened by this event. They dined on a fabulous 5 course meal sponsored by individual donors, as well as Longhorn Steakhouse, Tacos & Tequila Mexican Grill, and Olive Garden on fine linen tablecloths, napkins, and centerpieces sponsored by Imagecom Group.
The children enjoyed a festive piñata filled with candy and party items sponsored by DD Faces and a craft project sponsored by Macaroni Kid, as well as a lovely Mother’s Day gift they participated in making for their moms sponsored by The Original Love Box Foundation. The mothers received gifts provided by The Lavender Bar, TABLE Ministries, Beyond the Ribbon, Plan Bee, Chick-Fil-A, and Melanie Hillstead Dame.
It takes a village to bring together an event like this one, and we so appreciate our sponsors, as well as our individual donors. If you’d like to contribute, it’s not too late! Contact me on my website or message Women of Community Impact on Facebook to arrange a donation.
My mother valued independence, and her aim was always to teach my siblings and I the skills we needed to thrive as adults. Never one to step in and do our homework or chores for us — even when she could have done a better job, I’m sure — she helped us develop an appetite for learning, critical thinking skills, and self-confidence that have served each of us well as we have been business owners for the last 30+ years.
I’ve applied the same method to building my team. Even if I think I can do a task faster or better, I focus on providing my team with the tools and resources that they need in order to fulfill their responsibilities up to my expectations.
Focus on creating a culture where questions are welcomed, growth is fostered, reasonable mistakes are forgiven, and gratitude is abundant. Ensure that your team gets the support they need to thrive independently, and you’ll see incredible results.
3. Achievement Through Hard Work
My mother taught us that you can’t achieve success without a strong work ethic. Indeed, all mothers are excellent examples of this. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and do the less than glamorous tasks involved in childrearing and home-keeping. They wear a multitude of hats: caregiver, breadwinner, nurse, therapist, chef, confidante, friend, disciplinarian, chauffeur, and the list goes on.
The same can be said about successful professionals. Being willing and able to jump in and do any task necessary for the betterment of the business is part of leading with a servant’s heart. With determination, persistence, focus, and action, any goal is within your grasp.
My mother instilled in us that you can’t achieve success without a commitment to treating people with love and respect. This has been a cornerstone of my business philosophy from the beginning.
Respect and care for others make a successful business person. By always honoring your word, you build a good reputation. And good or bad, word travels fast. You’ll gain more clients — and better clients — as well as build a team by putting people before profits.
I remember my mother delegating when I was a kid, and then as my siblings and I became teenagers, she often delegated to us. The happiest, most fulfilled mothers learn to delegate the tasks they can’t or don’t wish to do, and it’s the same way with running a business.
At Celeste Giordano Coaching, I encourage the business owners and professionals I work with to explore finding ways to delegate in their businesses and their personal lives. If you excel at marketing but struggle with balancing the books, delegate to an accountant. When you spend the bulk of your time doing what you do best, and delegate the rest, your business will thrive and you’ll enjoy your work more while avoiding burnout.
Do you have trouble delegating the parts of your business that you struggle with? If so, contact me today to master the ability to do what you love and outsource the rest.