Listen: Janice Bryant, Alex, Royd discussed on Without Fail
"Welcome back to without fail. My conversation with Janice Bryant, how Royd she told me that were many factors for her success divine factors, as well as individuals who helped her along the way, but she said that the one thing that really made her business take off that really changed its trajectory was this realization that she had about herself not too long ago until I forgave myself for being female and African American and smart at the same time. I did. Okay. My business started to really grow the day that I forgave myself for being smart and female, tell me more about that. What what do you mean? Well for years, I would. Take my innovations. My thoughts, my solutions and get them into the hands of employees, ease or. Males who were in other companies to put forward if I believed in the outcome. And I did that as I think result of the experience I had growing up as a female and as an African American person. It wasn't always good to be the smart one in the room. If you were a woman, I just knew inherently and by experience that being a woman and putting forth the best idea that got sold on or delivered to was not the smart thing. And just you just picked it up. Socially, like there were clues social it wasn't just social it would harm my business. I had employees I need to grow a business. I couldn't always be the smart one in the room. I could never be the smartest person in the room. And so I built my business and I'm not proud of it. But I built my business to some degree in. In some instances by gifting my brilliance to someone else. It might be a text message to someone say this that or it might be before meeting walking them through a PowerPoint that I sat up all night designing to express a new solution. So you would you would have you would have a good idea you'd say we need to do this. This is the thing that are direct direction. Our company needs to go in Alex. I want you to say this in the meeting. I'm not going to say it, and our if we're if we're in the meeting, I would text you what to say because I could intimidate the question coming. Oh, wow. And why why did you do it that way? Do you think Alex? I think you get why idea that way it was punitive not to do it that way early on. And I decided several years ago I had to stop that practice. I have a daughter who is an adult. She deserved to see that. A woman could have the best idea in the rum lead the team forward, and we could. All win from that. And it was from my desire to change my behavior based on a conversation. She and I had that you don't serve yourself nor the company well to not put forward who you are. You don't need to have to explain who you are every time you walk into a rum, perhaps some of your ideas and your innovation should be put forward under your own name. And it was a deep conversation. She and I had around things that were going on in her own life that she encouraged me I needed to be a role model to what I was asking her to do. And she was right. And I will tell you not only worse. So many women telling me moment to moment, just by the change of my behavior. Not by any declaration of female independence, that I may cause I made no announcement that I was changing my process. I simply changed it. And I saw so many women speak up. I thought you were the one who were so in so oh, wow. That really impacted me or young women on campuses.."