Each Thursday in September, we’ll be featuring an EO member who’s shared their experiences establishing innovative products or mindsets. This week, we tip our hat to Chad Hughes, EO Calgary member and President and CEO of LandSolutions LP. His article, “The Readiness Factor,” will be featured in the upcoming September 2015 issue of Octane. Chad asks readers if they’re truly ready for growth and the next stages in their business venture.
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By Freddy Sanabria, an EO Colombia member
As a plastic surgeon, I deal with unexpected complications on a daily basis. It’s the nature of the job, not to mention a big part of being an entrepreneur. To excel in business, you have to learn how to overcome challenges and gather as many lessons learned as possible along the way. Last year, I was faced with a dilemma that really put me to the test. The crisis occurred when we learned that we had to change breast implants in more than 600 patients due to an unexpected product recall from French authorities. As you can imagine, this presented a major obstacle: Not only did we have to unexpectedly operate on hundreds of patients, but we had to ensure that every operation went smoothly, all while sticking to a strict time frame. The pressure was on.
By Carson Conant, an EO Chicago member, and CEO/founder of Mediafly, Inc.
There are a lot of analogies when it comes to entrepreneurship. For me, starting a business was like sailing across a vast ocean on a little boat in search of new land and opportunities … with my spouse and kids by my side. There are storms, days without wind and times when it’s smooth sailing, but it’s always fun because I’m at the helm. For those who are along for the ride, however, it can be both scary and exhausting— and it shouldn’t be. They should be having as much fun as I am.
By Leslie Rugaber, an EO Seattle member and CEO of Worktank
I recently decided to take off my corporate business suit and put on a pair of Birkenstocks. I’m drawing the line at the patchouli, though. It was time for me to get back to the basics of my business. I run a virtual events production company that’s committed to quality story-telling through online video. Every day, we work hard telling our client’s stories, but it wasn’t until I started thinking about our own story and how it drives our staff that I had a revelation.
By Jamie Douraghy, an EO Los Angeles member and founder of Artisan Creative
When I was 17, I joined the fencing club at my English boarding school, and was introduced to what would become a never-ending source of motivation, pressure, excitement and strategic mental training. Thirty-seven years later, I’m still physically and mentally sharp thanks to the life lessons I’ve learned from this rewarding sport.