Karen and I met recently to discuss her outlook on business and the future of Breezio. Based in the Washington, DC area, she's building a platform with global reach that brings communities together.
Tagline: Redefining online engagement, one community at a time.
Solutions: Breezio's patented technology allows organizations to curate, contribute and grow knowledge. This includes:
- Social Engagement: Enables users to connect and collaborate around articles, video and educational programs.
- Content Management: Allows you to easily and elegantly create, import and embed content.
- Learning Experiences: Enables you to extend the reach and value of live events with online learning experiences designed to engage learners with online learning opportunities.
What drives you in this business?
I have always thrived in an environment where a sense of team is palpable and where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Building a high functioning team is very important to me as I see it as foundational for the long term success of our company.
Working in a knowledge economy means finding ways to adapt from a long standing industrial era command and control mindset. I believe that some structure translates into understanding expectations; however, I believe too much stifles productivity and ultimately becomes counter-productive. Self-organization can work exceedingly well when personal mission and vision align with the organization’s mission/vision.
Ultimately, this experience is what our software is all about - self organization within a networked environment where people gather online to accomplish great things together.
What is your greatest challenge?
I’m an introvert and over the past decade have come to learn more about what that means. Larger social settings and public speaking take significant effort for me compared to smaller more intimate settings. The larger settings usually have impact on our team and therefore my anxiety multiplies creating a needless waste of nervous energy.
While I intellectually know I need to relax, I haven’t quite figured out a way to stop the cycle. Therefore, I am working on my public speaking skills and managing those nervous jitters.
How do you cope with the unknown?
Even the best risk management plan can’t account for every possible scenario and so the older I get, the less I worry about the unknown - especially because so often I can look back at my life and see that even things I thought were the hardest to cope with ultimately resulted in something good.
Unknowns are a part of life - it is what makes it interesting. Having trained as a martial artist for many years and learning that relaxation is more powerful than brute strength, I try to take that analogy into life; when something comes along best to figure out a way to work with it rather than against it.
Thanks for taking the time to talk, Karen, and I look forward to catching up with you again soon!
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