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If you’ve ever wanted to learn about entrepreneurship and empowerment as a woman in business without all the frills and the lies, this podcast was created for you. Michelle and JoyGenea take off the uncomfortable heels, the lipstick, the pantyhose, the bra with the underwire poking out, and they give it to you straight. Learn everything you need to know about taking your rightful place as a woman of power and importance from two women who have experienced the ups and the downs of being a woman in business. Find your voice and gain your footing in the business world as they recount both stories of horror and of triumph over their decades of experience.

Pandemic Trade Offs

What’s one of the weirdest things about the pandemic experience? Wearing a mask while sitting at your desk or walking into the gas station? Not shaking people’s hands at a networking event? Zoom meaning something other than ‘super-fast’ in our daily vocabulary?  All those experiences are things...

Surge Capacity

What is Surge Capacity? Hint: It has nothing to do with the power strip under your desk. Instead, it’s about our ability to adapt to incredibly stressful circumstances, like a natural disaster. Or, say, a pandemic. But the thing about our coping mechanisms is that they’re time-based and intended...

Owner Power Down

When we were kids playing Tag, most of us had a Free Zone - a place where we could go to rest, regroup, strategize. A place where no one was chasing us and we could stop responding to circumstances and start being proactive. As a small business leader, life can often feel like you’re being chased....

Toxic Power Imbalance

Bullies create false power imbalances through words and actions. And, for a huge variety of reasons, many of us don’t recognize the signs early enough to prevent problems. But whether we’re looking at personal relationships, conversations with ‘authorities,’ or work situations, toxic power...

Leading and Recognition

Sometimes Michelle and JoyGenea talk about one thing. Sometimes they talk about more. Usually, when they record an episode, they have two or three other conversations right before and right after off-mike. Well, this week, those conversations were recorded. This episode of If These Heels Could...

Failure: The Most Important Part of Success

Failure is hands on and involves effort and even some pain. It’s messy and dirty and shameful. Or so we think. In reality, failure is the only way to truly learn and grow.  JoyGenea and Michelle have both had their own version of learning how to fail successfully, one from the point of view of a...

How To Set Up a Business Partnership

There’s a reason that romantic comedies end when the couple gets together. It’s all sunshine and roses at the beginning of a relationship. Conflict starts later. Business partnerships are the same way. Everyone is on their best behavior at the beginning of a partnership, but the end of a...

Business Disruption Part 2

So we’re in a time of disruption. So what? What can you do? First step is to recognize just what is being disrupted. Then you can look into your crystal ball and discover just how you can capitalize on disruption through innovation. Maybe it’s a public service campaign around turning in change for...

Business Disruption is a Boulder on the Highway

Disruption can be many things: scary, exhilarating, expensive, and even revolutionary. One thing it’s not is passive. Turns out very few people enjoy having the status quo questioned, especially those benefiting from the way things are. But when we settle for less than optimal experiences as...

Circumstantial Disruption

You may have heard about #StopHateForProfit - a social media ad boycott that intends to urge Facebook to evenly apply hate speech standards and improve marking misinformation and false news on the platform. Several large national companies have joined in. The question is - should your small...