We recently shared news about our franchisees Peggy Barron and Cliff Osbon achieving business awards. Additionally, our Chief Marketing and Development Officer Andrea Pirrotti-Dranchak was featured along with some incredible female Leaders in the Thrive Global (founder Arianna Huffington) series on Strong Women Leaders. Click on this link to read the entire article https://tinyurl.com/y5zmhwzx
Our very own CMO / CDO, Andrea Pirrotti-Dranchack (pictured to the right) commented on the photo saying, "Here I’m featured with my daughter, a strong woman in training, as we scoped out new OE locations for our franchisees!"
The day trip was an opportunity for one of OE's Strong Leaders to "give back" to the next generation while also helping to move forward the largest coworking franchise in the industry. After touring several potential new Office Evolution locations, the two sat down to analyze the pros and cons of each space and how they could support the local dreamers, risk-takers, and doers in those markets.
The Q&A asked female leaders to share stories to help other leaders achieve success. Here are a few outtakes of the interview.
Most of our readers — in fact, most people — think they have a pretty good idea of what a CEO or executive does. But in just a few words can you explain what an executive does that is different from the responsibilities of the other leaders?
An executive establishes the prize — that incredible “prize” that each member of the team will play an integral and vital role to achieve. The executive keeps each person, individually, and the team as a whole focused, energized and motivated. The executive empowers each individual to fulfill their role enabling them to achieve their personal best. The executive removes barriers, breaks down silos and drives inclusion. Perhaps most important, the executive is visible and accountable. The executive is a good listener who has a clear vision for the business and his team. The executive is never too proud to say, “I appreciate you.”
Certainly, not everyone is cut out to be an executive. In your opinion, which specific traits increase the likelihood that a person will be a successful executive and what type of person should avoid aspiring to be an executive? Can you explain what you mean?
Every day, I feel that I am sprinting a marathon and there is always someone nipping at my heals to try to pass me.Do you know who that person is behind me? Me. Every day I try to better myself. I try to tear down my assumptions. Identify gaps in my execution. To be better than the person I was in the mirror the night before. Just this morning my son told me that he was frustrated by a person who continues to show off how “amazing” at rowing he is. I asked my son (not for the first time) to look in the mirror and to know the only person he is in competition with is himself. The only person he has to be better at rowing than is the person he looks at each day....The message is — As the person who is in competition with others, you risk mediocracy because you limit your results against the abilities of someone else.
How have you used your success to make the world a better place?
One person at a time. The only way I know how to make the world a better place is to display true empowerment, encouragement, and support of individuals — in action. I make human connections and I do my best to make each count. I try to identify areas that people feel are special about themselves. Areas the individual may not even truly be aware of. I endeavor to nurture and grow those traits, so each individual achieves his / her best. I’ve done this throughout my career. When individuals feel good about themselves, when they feel supported and included, the natural inclination is to progress that feeling. It truly works....
Can you please give us your favorite” Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
The life lesson quote is from my mother. I was going through a challenging time and she said, “Andrea, raise your tolerance for discomfort.”. And it was that simple. When I think it’s too much or I can’t handle something I think about those five simple words. Those words drive me and compel me to figure out how to prevail.
The writer, Candice Georgiadis, asked a number of thought provoking questions including:
Founded in 2003 and franchising since 2012, the Colorado-based company is the largest and fastest growing coworking franchisor in the United States. Office Evolution currently has 72 locations open. The brand has nearly 140 units sold in markets across the country and is poised for further growth as the demand for suburban workspace continues to rise. The brand’s model fills a niche for everyone who needs workspace close to home. Office Evolution is helping thousands of business owners be dreamers, risk-takers, and doers by providing them with access to professional services that will help them drive their business forward. Office Evolution continues to lead the workplace transformation that is projected to see nearly 30 percent of all office space become shared office space by 2030, according to a JLL report. Office Evolution is currently operating in 25 states across the nation and has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and is an Inc. 5000 company. For more information about Office Evolution, please visit https://www.officeevolution.com/.
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