Debra Woog of Connect2
Women entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges. They have to be – and do – everything, not just competently, but heroically. Leadership coach Debra Woog works with women entrepreneurs to free them from the trap of “hyper-competence,” as she describes it.
According to Debra: “We leaders, especially modern women professionals, need a new way to be in the world. Many of us are overdoing, beyond what’s healthy for us. We are too good, for our own good, at getting things done. We are hyper-competent. We are hyper-productive. We are hyper-accountable. We try to do it all, everything we expect of ourselves and most of what we imagine others expect from us. We go over, beyond, and above. Our lives exhaust us. We try to escape the overload by numbing out — with food, alcohol, pills, media, etc. But, as my friend Geoff Laughton says, “People’s control strategies aren’t working anymore.“ In other words, we are still in pain. The stakes of hyper-responsibility and over-empowerment are dangerously high.
Debra sat down with AE host Margy Rydzynski to discuss this tendency. It strongly resonated with her and, if you’re a woman entrepreneur, with you as well. Don’t miss this interesting, critical interview.
Monday, June 25
1:00 and 7:00 pm
Portal Crystal Gallery
489 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington Center
At the Open House, we’ll introduce you to Polka Dot Powerhouse, an international organization of positive, action-forward, authentic women who make genuine professional and personal connections. We have local chapter meetings around the world as well as online connection events.
In the Polka Dot Powerhouse, any woman who wants to increase connections in her life (business owners, corporate and non-profit employees, entrepreneurs, direct sales professionals,
stay-at-home moms, retired women, etc.) discovers a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, enabling professional and personal growth, with celebrations every step along the way!
At our monthly meetings, you’ll meet like-minded women looking for a drama-free, pressure-free atmosphere. Our upbeat environment lets you cultivate your best qualities while you facilitate the same in others. Dots, as we often refer to our members, love to tap into the best traits of womanhood.
There will be two meetings on Monday, June 25. See our Facebook page for more information and to RSVP for either or both meetings.
Come out and play!
It’s a gorgeous day and I’m fried. Running a social network does that to you. I hope you’ve all received the latest email. Please look it over. We’re officially launching two groups with a double-header meet and greet at WorkBar Arlington. It all happens on April 1 (no joke). Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington will be serving tea and business-building ideas beginning at 10:30 am and going until noon. The Healthy Entrepreneur will get its kickoff in the late afternoon with a call for health and wellness practitioners both in and out of the network.
Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington was launched by AE member Debra Woog of Connect2. Debra has worked long and hard to improve the careers of women professionals. This initial meeting will give us a chance to meet each other, talk about our businesses and brainstorm some new ideas. I’m very excited to be part of this group and look forward to sharing ideas and challenges.
The Healthy Entrepreneur was a joint effort between myself and Leah Gilbert. Leah is an occupational therapist and a licensed mindful meditation teacher and practitioner. She has graciously taken the lead and is going to be heading up the afternoon meeting. That’s good. I’m a happy health and wellness client and patient, but have no background other than that!
Make it yours
I love what I do, but I’ve made sacrifices to get here. Working on your own is stressful, isolating and unpredictable. It’s easy to get lost in front of a computer and you never know what your income will be from month to month. We forget to exercise and don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. Burning the candle at both ends becomes a way of life. I neglected my health for years and last summer that fact came back to bite me. The experience scared some sense into me. I’m exercising, eating healthy(ier) meals, meditating and getting regular massages. I listen to my doctor, get regular checkups and put up with whatever medication regimen is necessary. I happen to like my life and want to stick around as long as possible!
My own experiences were the initiating factors for starting The Healthy Entrepreneur. Arlington has a wealth of health and wellness practitioners and I’d like to use my communication skills and local connections to help that community thrive. The first meeting will include a meet and greet and will give everyone a chance to introduce themselves. Health and Wellness people and people who want to get and stay healthier – this is your group. Do with it what you will!
Thanks for hanging on and reading through to the end. I think I’ll pack up the computer, do a little browsing here at the library and then head out on foot to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Maybe I’ll even stop for a cup of coffee – decaf of course!