Women in business - How to be successful at work and have a life

Women in business - How to be successful at work and have a life

Posted on Mar 06, 2015

Women in Business

What better way to celebrate women in business than talking to the flick learning company director, Louisa Farino, about what 'women in business' means to her. 

Here's what she had to say...

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment is to date?  

At 28, being appointed the youngest Director and the only woman on the Board at Justin de Blank Restaurants, and, in the same month, winning a 30 Under 30 National Award for Outstanding Careers in Catering and Hospitality.

Do you think women feel intimidated in business and what would you say to those that do?

Personally, I haven’t particularly experienced that myself, but I imagine that some women perhaps do feel that. What would I say to them? You’re just as good as them; don’t let yourself be led to think otherwise.

What helped you get where you are today?

Hard work, long hours and passion.

What inspires you?

The desire to be the best; getting it right.

What do you do to keep a work-life balance?

The problem with management jobs is that they don’t come part-time, and, if you’re paid well, then people expect you to deliver. So, holding down a senior management role and being a mother, having a family, isn't easy. One thing I would say is accept that you’re not going to make it to every single assembly, and there will be times when work has to take priority. However, I often tell myself, you’re never going to look back at your life and wish that you spent more time at the office, so go home. Now.

What was the biggest business challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?

I seem to have always been a magnet for challenge – there’s nothing better than walking into chaos and getting it sorted. The first time this happened I pulled a business that had made a loss of £180k in its past 12 months, and turned it to a profit of £180k in just 12 months. How did I overcome it? See it as a series of small steps, otherwise it’s just overwhelming.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

I love what I do, so apart from the first day back after a holiday (when work is the last place I want to be) I usually always feel motivated.

What have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others?

Look after people; they’re the ones that make it happen. Once you become a manager, it’s not about you any more, it’s about the team that you manage.

What advice would you give to young women who want to make it in the business place?

Do it.

Well, I don't know about you, but I have an urge to get up and go buy myself a new briefcase!

Move aside boys as the women are fighting through. For anyone out there who's thinking of making it big, you've heard the best advice you're going to hear today in the form or two words. DO. IT.


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(Originally written for International Women's Day - March 8th 2015. Updated 23rd July 2015)

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