As part of our special theme this month- ‘Wiltshire Women Mean Business’, the ladies of Thrings law offered their pearls of wisdom regarding how to succeed as a woman in business.
Kate Westbrook – Corporate Partner
Have no fear. Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) is right when she says fear is at the root of many of the barriers that women face. If you don’t fear failure, or what people think, you will be free to make your own choices and they are more likely to be the right ones for you.
Lizzie Heffer – Director of Marketing
I have used an eloquent and inspiring quote from the author and poet, Maya Angelou. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I like this because it can apply to how you are with your family and friends, as well as the way you do business. Your colleagues, your contacts – they will all define you by how you make them feel. It’s about conducting yourself with professionalism and always treating people how you would like to be treated yourself. It’s a good code of behaviour to remember.
Joanna Apperley – Solicitor, Dispute Resolution
As a young litigator in the tough and highly-competitive world of contentious law, I often remind myself of a quote from Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, who said: “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” This quote brings everything back into perspective, and gives me the confidence to grow, develop and always do my best.
Gemma Featonby – Associate, Property Dispute Resolution
There is always room to improve. Always look to do better. Know your boundaries and go beyond them. Set your goals and exceed them. Never settle.