You’ve certainly heard of start-ups or side hustles with one founder, and maybe even two founders, but what about three?!
Workshop& empowers women for a modern career and life through skill development and is founded by three leading ladies; Amanda Tan, Elinor Moshe and Mersi Halilovic.
Maybe it was the communal love of cheese, wine, sharing cat videos and maybe even a good meme, our paths collided and we formed our own little aggressively supportive girl gang. We always had this innate feeling that the universe brought us together for some reason; the chance to explore an unequivocal shared passion of ours: empowerment. Our forces joined on event delivery for an industry based not for profit association, where we seamlessly and effortlessly worked together to deliver calibre events for the association. During this time, the synergy between us became very clear, as did our complimentary skill sets and strengths played off against each other. Together we made up 100%.
We all have demanding day jobs, but we have managed to launch a product range and sell-out networking events in our time of operation. It definitely helps that we all like each other, but there are a few more cornerstones to our partnership which makes us work well as a team. Here they are;
From the get-go, and intermittently throughout, it’s extremely important to ensure we are all heading in the same direction and working towards the same end goal. This requires us all to be very open and honest about what we each want to achieve personally and for the business. The same applies to our core values, which fortunately from the start were extremely aligned.
Honest and Open Communication
When you introduce a business aspect to a friendship, you’re introducing different modes of operation and ways of doing things. It’s been imperative that we openly and honestly communicate what we think or feel about an opportunity, collaboration, approach and the like. When there’s an issue, or someone isn’t content, we have separated the issue from the person, resolved it and moved on.
Coordinating the availability of three people with many competing priorities can be a challenge within itself! So we trust the judgement and decision making of one another as it’s for the betterment of the business, as we may not always have timely consensus.
Identify Roles and Responsibilities
It certainly helped that we worked together previously at an NFP where our strengths were very obvious. We do the same here, play to our strengths, which creates a sense of efficiency and we know that together it’ll get done!
We have to plan our workshops and events well in advance to give ourselves enough time to deliver on the quality our audience deserves. We also know that someone may not be available at the last minute, so the less we leave to chance, the better!
It’s been an extremely rewarding journey for us, and we look forward, together to see where Workshop& will take us!