WXN Awards: Top tips for succeeding in Irish business
Top female executives from across the business spectrum gathered in Dublin yesterday to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by some of the leading female lights in Irish business.
The fifth annual Women’s Executive Network’s Top 25 took place at Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel and Independent.ie caught up with some of the top female business people to find out the best ways to succeed in the tough world of Irish business.
The awards, part-sponsored by INM, recognise outstanding achievements by women across a range of Irish business, from indigenous enterprises to multinationals and the Arts.
· Have an idea of what you want to do and stick to it. Don’t go off on tangents. Women face things like getting married and having a family, which while not distractions, are elements of life that can make things more challenging for a female. So have a very clear plan of where you want to go and even if you do take a little career detour, it’s okay to come back and get back on the ladder and keep going.
Bronwyn Brophy, Vice President, Early Technologies EMEA at Medtronics.
· Build a network. That’s for everyone, not just for women.
· Ask for help when you need. People don’t actually mind giving up their time.
· When you have your own network, give that support back to other people.
· Get involved- Do things a that are outside what’s involved in your day jobs.
· Don’t think somebody else success is your failure. Support them and good things will come to you in time.
· Don’t forget to do your job and enjoy it along the way. Sometimes people get so focussed on a career path, the forget about the knitting and what they should actually be doing-
Marguerite Sayers, Managing Director ESB Networks
· Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge- make the leap
· Don’t wait for all the boxes to be ticked.
· Be open to different ideas
· Don’t have a fixed idea on where the path is-be adaptable
Niamh Townsend, General Manager, Dell Ireland
· Step in- sometimes women tend to put their heads down. Women need to stick their heads up. Take charge and step up to the plate
Helen Tynan- Director of People Operations, Google