There are some people who have entrepreneurship in their DNA and my guest today is a prime example of a woman who was born to make an impact in business.
Emma Isaacs is the Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, a thriving global community that operates in 11 cities across two continents. A business owner by the age of 18, self-made millionaire by 23, mum of six, and best-selling author, Emma is an absolute powerhouse. She joins me today to celebrate the official release of her latest book, The New Hustle.
With live events on hold, Business Chicks was forced to rethink their offerings over the last 18 months and Emma shares some of the lessons she writes about in her book, in particular the importance of being patient, relaxing into whatever stage she’s in, and being okay with failure.
We talk about her role as a leader, how she takes this very seriously, and how we must always be in alignment with our values in life and business. Emma shares her view on what leadership is, how it’s a lifelong journey and that there is so much beauty in being vulnerable, knowing that we’ll never have all the answers. Leadership takes courage, humility, and a willingness to ask questions and do things that other people aren’t doing.
I hope you love this conversation as much as I did. Emma has an incredible amount of experience, wisdom, and grace and her new book is an absolute must-read. Tune in to find out how you can get yourself a free copy!
Topics discussed and where to find them:
[2:40]:Win a copy of Emma’s new book, The New Hustle.
[5:30]: The traditional idea of finding your purpose feels very unobtainable. Emma’s experiences have been led by intuition, learning and surrounding herself with mentors.
[8:00]: We’re very hard on ourselves and try to push things but Emma has learned to relax into whatever stage she’s at and be kind to herself.
[9:50]: Emma talks about how impatient she is and how she’s learning to find the balance of surrender and momentum.
[12:00]: When Emma first bought Business Chicks, she realised an events only model was a bad business model. She talks about what happened when she brought the business over to America and how she dealt with it not working.
[15:45]: Emma feels the responsibility of role model deeply and it’s important that she continues to grow in the way she wants her members to grow.
[17:30]: Emma has found that there’s a different level of risk taking in the American and Australian business cultures. You’re going to fail, but it’s totally fine.
[18:50]: You’ve got to take a long term view of your life and business. You need to be values led and understand that money isn’t a core value.
[20:15]: If you’re out of alignment with what’s important to you, it will come crashing down.
[22:30]: When the pandemic hit, Business Chicks went into crisis management, making sure they were being valuable and of service to their members.
[24:00]: They’re not sure when live events will come back but for now, Emma is excited about her latest book.
[25:45]: How leadership lives in all of us and our childhood gives us a clue about what that looks like for us. A leader is the person who goes first and has the courage to ask and do things that no one else is doing.
[28:00]: If you’re committed to growing and stretching, leadership is a lifelong journey. It takes courage, self reflection and being curious. You don’t have all the answers but there’s beauty in that vulnerability.