Lessons from successful women in business

Frew Murdoch – assistant editor of HR Pulse – and myself were privileged to speak with some of the women who will be speaking at the IPM Women in Business Conference being held at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) on Tuesday next week. They shared, with us, what they’ve learned on their rise to the top, and I would like to share their stories with you.

Jo-Ann De Wet: senior director of operations at McDonald’s South Africa, advises women to “live the three E’s”, in other words: education, experience and exposure.

She said that to be successful, it’s vital for you to commit to learning in all spheres of your life; aim to gain as much varied experience as you can – as this will make you a much more valuable employee; and make it your goal to gain as much exposure, as possible, in your industry. You never know what is around the corner!

De Wet also recommends ‘experiencing positive discomfort’ and never answering questions in the negative. Read more of her advice here.


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