“You know you’re a superhero, right?” That’s what Kate Hyde, CEO of Ireland’s funniest company, Glencove Group, told me. Yes, I’ve decided to add ‘funniest’ to the dictionary because it’s the best way to describe Henparty.ie and Stagparty.ie, just two of the popular group events Kate’s company has hosted since it started six years ago.
was introduced to Kate around the time I moved to Ireland. We met for coffee and I was quickly struck by their business-building story.
Fast forward and your wife is now in her fourth year of her own business. Registered here in good old Ireland, the Language of Leadership license was successfully renewed in May 2020 – despite Covid, lockdowns, work-from-home and pivoting.
At some point during this uncertain time away, Kate and I met again – via Zoom, of course. It was then that she bestowed upon me this paladin mastery title.
I’ve thought about it a lot since then. And as I prepared to return to Rebel County to host the Network Cork Annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards gala at Fota Island Resort, I thought about it again.
Last year this was a virtual event. At this year’s celebration, I donned a glamorous guna to join Network Cork President Maria Desmond and numerous other founders and leaders to celebrate in person in black tie.
All of this makes me think about Kate. I bet, especially if you’re an entrepreneur, if you examine your accomplishments, you’ll find that you share traits with these unusual superheroes.
Wonder Woman was born a princess on Paradise Island. However, when Superman was born on the planet Krypton, he was raised by more earthly adoptive parents on a farm in Smallville, Kansas.
As many of you, dear readers, already know, I grew up in a tiny town called Farmland, Indiana, and my father died when I was 11, leaving my mother a young widow. I learned courage and determination watching my mother raise my sister, brother and I alone. Our family upbringing influences our life choices.
Superman doubled as Clark Kent, for whom he reported The Daily Planet. Spidey took photos for The daily bugle. My first job was at The Orlando Sentinel and then over to FOX and CNN. Okay, maybe this is something for me. So let me expand on it. Batman and Ironman both ran their own businesses. Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, has had a number of different government jobs. The point is that many of them had side jobs. They have honed their skills through a variety of experiences.
Consider your career or your business. Do you strive to constantly learn and develop yourself? If you’re a superhero, you are.
Think The Avengers or The Justice League or Guardians of the Galaxy. Collaborations combine the strengths of the individual with the added power of the collective.
I currently have 17 amazing people on my payroll and without them I wouldn’t be able to serve customers as well. If you run your own business, who are your trusted advisors? If you’re an employee, do you still network internally and externally to seek career advice and gain insight from as many sources as possible?
SUPERHEROES SOLVE BIG PROBLEMS
You won’t watch a superhero movie without a great showdown between the hero and a larger-than-life villain or an earth-threatening threat. We all experienced something similar during that fateful week in March 2020.
Where were you when you realized everything had changed? When schools close? When you could no longer meet employees or teammates or customers in person? When airports were closed and travel banned? For me it was when all my in-person coaching, training and speaking events were cancelled.
What have you done to keep your business running? have you adapted I did. I asked my designer to change the wording on my website to offer “virtual” team support. We have launched an online video learning platform. Through LinkedIn we have systematically reached global business prospects. We posted videos daily. We’ve expanded our customer base and revenue has grown 20 percent annually for the past two years.
To all you wonderful adaptable, agile readers, and especially you female entrepreneurs, look at yourself – you are the real superheroes.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/not-all-of-our-superheroes-have-to-wear-their-super-capes-to-work-41720502.html Not all of our superheroes have to wear their “super” capes to work