Just go for it! I kind of set up Tattershalls without thinking too much into it. I think that if you know your industry and you’re good at what you do then just give it a shot because what’s the worst that can happen.
So, I don’t think that there is a management style that fits all. You have to tailor it to each individual member of the team and get to know them and ensure that they are happy in the environment that they are working in and just provide a nice relaxed atmosphere for them.
I don’t like stressful environments – everyone has to obviously work hard and people sometimes do work better under pressure, but keep the environment that they feel that they can come to you and talk to you if they’ve got an issue. Again, just nurturing them and making sure they’re happy within the business.
I wouldn’t say necessarily setbacks, I think if you were a fly on the wall in a networking event you’d be very surprised at what some of the males in this industry think are acceptable openers.
Obviously, I’ve been in this industry, so I started in my early twenties I’m 32 this year, but I’ve been asked things such as “Are you married?”, “How old are you?”, and questions that are so irrelevant, they’re nothing to do with what I do and how I run my business or the industry itself. These questions are based on me as a woman and being a female.
No, because on the first day you set boundaries with your staff. There’s a line and all my staff know not to cross that line. You can have a laugh, there’s banter in the office, that’s fine – but they all know never to step over that line, and it works vice versa. I would never step over that line and never say something that is inappropriate to them.
Again, we can have a laugh but it’s always about being professional within the office environment and making sure that those boundaries are kept.
Just continue being who you are. I think sometimes it kind of goes to people’s heads when they get that title of being a manager and they think they have to be someone different and morph into that strict managerial position.
I think you just need to be who you are, have boundaries – there’s a line and make sure it isn’t crossed and be professional at all times.
You can never have enough knowledge. Just keep learning and know your industry.
If you’re just starting out, just go on training courses, read books within that industry, listen to podcasts and just kind of learn as much as you can and just work hard.
Maybe look at what they are not enjoying – is it their career, is it the industry that they are in or is it where they are? So if it is a company they don’t get on with or if it’s the people around them, look at that very carefully because it might be that they love what they do but still, they don’t love who they do it with at the minute.
Look at it and if it is the career, change the career, and if it’s the environment, then change the environment.
My business, Tattershalls and the team within it. We have a fantastic team and I’m very proud to work alongside those people. There’s no kind of hierarchy, we all work as one and I’m very proud to say that they work for Tattershalls, they give their all every day, when I look back and think they work for me, but we work as a team and they’re happy and they enjoy coming to work and we have a laugh.
For me, you have to enjoy what you do. I don’t ever want any of my staff coming to work and kind of regretting it and not enjoying it – I always want them to come and know that I am always there to help them and that working for Tattershalls is a good thing and they feel like that they can move quite freely spoken and enjoy what they do.
Overall, just generally enjoy coming into work, that’s important for me and I love to see that when they come in and they tell me that they enjoy coming into work that for me is the thing that makes me very proud.
Not to sound corny, I don’t have one. I’ve got a lot of people that inspire me in my life in different various things, but I think you have to inspire yourself; you have to be who you want to be and work towards being a better person and being a better version of you.
I think that there are so many issues with social media and like we said before, it’s not real, with social media people portray these fake lives and people kind of inspire to be these people, but it’s not real, and I think you should inspire to be a better version of yourself and not constantly chasing to be someone else.