When she’s not busy being a best-selling musician, actress, brand ambassador, humanitarian and mother she’s proving that women can pretty much do it all … including managing your own business (or several).
Okay. Maybe Beyoncé doesn’t have a traditional business background, but that hasn’t stopped her from launching fragrances, fashion lines, and recently her own vegan home delivery meal service. The diva, also known as Sasha Fierce, does prove that she has a few choice bits of business advice when it comes to creating profitable ventures.
Here’s a look at a few business lessons we can all learn from Bey:
1. “Destiny’s Child, back me up!”
Those of us with an entrepreneurial bent might be a little … well, the nice way to put it is “self-reliant.” Personally, my Mom would say that I can be a bit of a control freak. That might work well if you’re a one-woman show, but if you’re leading any kind of organization, don’t forget to delegate. After all, you’re working hard to hire the best people and keep them engaged.
When crunch-time comes, will you take advantage of your employees’ unique skills? Sometimes, it’s hard to ask for help. For some, it’s pride that stands in the way. We just don’t want to admit that we can’t do it all without breaking a sweat. But for others, it’s less about pride and more about forgetfulness.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in a project that I completely forget I can delegate tasks to my employees. Like any good manager/diva, Beyoncé understands that independence is important, but good back-up is essential, especially in the early stages of business.
2. “If you like it, then you should’ve put a ring on it!” from Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Okay, I know that this song is more about matrimony than management, but hear me out. Beyoncé has a point—if you like what someone has to offer, why not make it clear that you appreciate them? It’s easy to get caught up and forget to acknowledge high-performing and consistent partners, co-founders, and employees.
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