I was doing some research on women successful in business for my second novel and I came across a Harvard Business Review Article titled: Alpha Females: Deadlier Than the Male?
The writer discussed three incredibly successful women, stating:
Here are three who have stood out in recent years for being truly impressive and groundbreaking in their respective fields and I am sure there are many more who will come to light in the coming years.
All three intrigued me, but I found the discussion of Karren Brady most interesting.
Karren Brady, the 38-year-old managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, the first woman to hold such a post in English league soccer.
Melissa Lyon is a Denver based Fox Rothschild associate. She was one of the most motivated lawyers I coached. Among her many achievements, she has been selected as one of the “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal (2015, 2016, 2018).
When I told Melissa about Karren Brady, she volunteered to write a guest post. Here it is.
We all know that Tom Brady, NFL quarterback for the Patriots, is referred to as the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.). Tom Brady is referred to not only as the greatest quarterback of all time, but he is referred to by some as the greatest football player in NFL history – ever.
I am here to tell you that there is another Brady who should be on your radar. She is truly the G.O.A.T.
Her name is Karren Brady – the link to her website can be found here.
To say Karren Brady is an amazing woman would be the understatement of the year. Not only is she a self-made success – she is a born leader and exceptional businesswoman with the Midas touch – she is an inspiration and has actually been rated one of the 50 most inspirational people in the world, according to her biography.
That is why I jumped at the opportunity to write a guest post on Karren Brady’s Rules for Success.
Karren Brady’s Rules for Success were originally posted on her blog on October 13, 2015. But, let’s not kid ourselves – although these rules for success are over 2 years old, they are timeless and like red lipstick or a little black dress will never go out of style. Karren Brady’s Rules for Success will forever be the keys to the kingdom.
Now you may be thinking, “I am not a CEO or the president of a company. Heck, I am just a peon. Low man/woman on the totem pole. These rules for success won’t help me, they are for folks who are already successful businesspeople.”
What I like the most about Karren Brady’s Rules for Success is that they are for everyone, regardless of your starting point and these are rules that are to be applied in every aspect of your life. They are not career rules; they are life rules. As a true G.O.A.T., Karren Brady lays out the framework for the life you want to have.
Out of Karren Brady’s 10 rules, there is one that stands out for me personally. It is number 2 on her list, “HAVE CONFIDENCE.” Karren Brady makes an interesting point which I had not thought of and that is that “confidence lies at the root of personality.” It is really about having the strength of will to be who you are and show your true colors. I love that perspective on having confidence.
The importance of having confidence cannot be understated and it is something many of us have to remember to let our je ne sais quoi shine.
Trust me, take the opportunity to learn from the G.O.A.T. whenever you can – just like a quarterback would go to a quarterback’s camp taught by Tom Brady, check out Karren Brady’s Rules for Success to learn her playbook.