What do you wish you had known 10 years ago?

I wish I had felt more comfortable in using my voice externally. I was terrified of my imperfections. I was awkward, and I didn’t want that on display. Once I understood, about two years ago, that my voice could impact those around me positively, I finally got the courage to speak.

  
from
 
Alina
 
Vandenberghe
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
 at 
Chili Piper

What do you wish you had known 10 years ago?

Literally that it's going to take 10 years to build a truly successful business! When we started we thought we were ‘in it’ for 2-3 years and then would be able to retire by the pool. Overnight success is a myth.

  
from
 
Bridget
 
Harris
Co-Founder and CEO
 at 
YouCanBook.Me

What was a pivotal moment where your business made a big leap forward?

When the Kirby team turned into shareholders in our new company. The feeling of owning the company together as a team had a big, positive impact on me.

  
from
 
Bastian
 
Allgeier
CEO
 at 
Kirby CMS

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What's a skill that we should pay more attention to in the workplace?

We have to put way more effort into really listening to the people in our teams, talking about impediments, needs & ideas. We won't be able to create growth if we continue to act like leaders from the 90s.

  
from
 
Sebastian
 
Schipper
Ex-CTO
 at 
rumble

What should leaders understand about their own role and responsibility?

You serve the team, not the other way round.

  
from
 
Julian
 
Feinauer
Founder and CEO
 at 
pragmatic minds

What personal habit or behavior helped you accelerate your personal growth?

Adopting a 'growth mindset' sounds fancy and fun, but it is very uncomfortable. It requires a great deal of self-reflection, the ability to admit where you have gone wrong and to find new ways to become the best leader you can be. Getting into the habit of these behaviors sucks at first, but it pays off every time.

  
from
 
Lisa
 
Weise-Hoff
Co-Founder
 at 
Hejmo Homes