My Week At Harvard Business School

I have always been an avid learner. That is one of the secrets to my success. Attending Harvard Business School has always been on my bucket list of things I would love to do!

In December, I received a notification that I was accepted into the Leading Business and Personal Transitions program at Harvard Business School. The program gave us a unique opportunity to explore and enhance our professional capabilities and personal goals.

As a member of Women President’s Organization (WPO), I was able to take advantage of this opportunity. WPO is a group for female entrepreneurs whose businesses are doing revenue of one million or more. I attended the program with 70 other entrepreneurs from four different countries and industries.

When you enter a school such as Harvard, imposter syndrome will want to creep in. However, you have to remind yourself that you are not there by accident. To spend a week to work on my business and connect with other entrepreneurs was just what I needed.

We had to prepare prior to arriving at Harvard Business School by reading case studies, and writing about why we should be chosen to be on a board. This was the start of the introspection. Most importantly, you had to come prepared to share your ideas after reading the cases.

My Top Takeaways:

1. You are unique and your skills are your differentiator. Know what makes you unique and lean into it. Your experience can add value to any situation.

2. Invest in yourself continually. You are the most valuableasset in your business. When you invest in yourself, you will stay current and up to date with the changes in the business world.

3. Be a relentless learner. In 2015, I went back to school to get my MBA. I graduated in 2017 with the Entrepreneur in Residence award. At that time, I already owned 3 Jiffy Lube franchises. However, I wanted to become better and running my companies.

4. Being a business owner does not make you an entrepreneur. Know the difference and know when you need the help of a business coach. If you are running a business, get clear on the reason why you are operating your company and your path to profitability.

5. If you want to grow your business, you have to grow yourself. I left Harvard more inspired than before. I am even more motivated to become a better leader for myself and my team.

Which one resonated with you the most? Let me know in the comments below.

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