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F-Suite - Bold Decisions

F-Suite - Bold Decisions
By Deborah Okenla • Issue #6 • View online
I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a newsletter today. It’s been an exhausting yet empowering week, which has required many of us to turn our pain into drive.
Thank you to everyone who shared last weeks newsletter with their friends, colleagues and networks. I’m hopeful together we can work towards a world where equality is at the centre and Black Lives Matter.
I’ve been brought to tears, inspired and encouraged by how so many of you have began rolling out your Black Lives Matter Action Plan, such as Gaby Hersham, Co-founder of Huckletree who wrote an Open Letter to Huckletree members - read
This week has required us as Founders and CEO’s to make bold decisions, from asking our investors how many black founders they have invested in, to speaking out against white supremacy - even though it may make our clients feel uncomfortable.
But as Founders and CEO’s we have to constantly make bold decisions, whether it’s the decision to fire someone or sun set a project - it’s never easy, but it has to be done.
Over the past 1.5 years I’ve had to make a ton of bold decisions, which have me made scared and nervous at times, but with each decision it get’s easier to make the next, and the next, and the next - bold decisions, build character.
When it comes to making a bold decision my number one rule is: don’t wait for a thumbs up.
Often we waste time waiting for everything to be perfect, but perfect is a myth. It’s impossible to make everyone happy. Rather than waiting for a thumbs up, work towards getting your team and stakeholders on board to see your vision of success as you see it - as quickly as possible.
It’s okay to seek advice or opinions , but never become paralysed as a result of seeking permission. If I’d waited for a thumbs from everyone, I wouldn’t have turned a WhatsApp group into one of the most influential diverse startup communities in the UK.
Steve Jobs, Founder and CEO of Apple once said:
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
What bold decision are you going to make next?
I hope you found this email useful, let me know how you get on by using the hashtag #FSuite

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